SVC Recommendation 15: Information about Colleges and Universities
The Scottish Funding Council should work with relevant organisations – including Universities Scotland, Colleges Scotland and Student Awards Agency Scotland – to produce material designed specifically for the veterans community. This should include information about finance and the support available for those enrolling at college or university. Subsequently, this material should be made available widely amongst the serving and veterans communities, and those like CTP and SDS who support them.
Scottish Government update:
The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) continues to review its existing Armed Forces Guidance as part of its annual ‘Change of Session’ activities. The content of the guide relates specifically to SAAS eligibility criteria and the exceptions applicable to members of the Armed Forces and their families. An updated version of the guide will be available on the SAAS website from April 2019 in advance of the 2019-2020 academic session. The updated version includes additional information for Veterans of the Armed Forces.
A project has also been established, as recommended by the Student Support Review (SSR), to develop an information portal that will cover Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) on funding across further and higher education. The development of the portal is being taken forward by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) on behalf of the Scottish Government. The project has completed its discovery stage and is on schedule for delivery within the 2019-2020 academic year.
Through continued engagement with Scottish Funding Council’s Veterans Group, we aim to ensure that all Further and Higher Education providers give the Armed Forces community (current and ex-serving) consistent information around education opportunities in Scotland. The group is currently considering IAG for the Veterans community through the development of web pages. The intention is that each linked organisation and institution will host a web page with key IAG and links to relevant information on funding and other resources. This in turn will support the work of the Network of Champions (recommendation 16).
SVC evaluation of status:
Implemented, but work should continue