Employability, Skills and Learning Progress – Recommendation 16

Veterans Network/Champions in colleges and universities

Colleges Scotland and Universities Scotland should work with their members and Veterans Scotland to establish a network of champions across all colleges and universities. The champions can provide the first point of contact for members of the ex-Service community applying for, or undertaking, further and higher education. They should also consider offering mentoring, advice on applications and funding, and be part of the wider champions’ network in Scotland.

2019 SVC evaluation of status:

Implemented, but work should continue

2019 update provided by the Scottish Government:

SFC is supporting Veterans Scotland to work with Universities Scotland, College Development Network, and other key stakeholders to develop a Network of Champions for Further and Higher Education. The Network was launched at an information seminar for colleges and universities, which was held in January 2019 at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). As well as beginning the process of setting up an Armed Forces Champion Network for Education in Scotland, the event addressed the challenges and benefits of having champions to support ex-Armed Forces personnel and veterans. It also highlighted existing work by Edinburgh Napier University and GCU, who have already established Armed Forces Champions within their institutions and hope to lead by example.

The work on Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) under recommendation 15 will also support this Network. It is anticipated that the web pages will provide information on how to become a Champion, as well as further IAG that can be used on institutional webpages

2020 SVC evaluation of status:

Fully implemented

2020 update provided by the Scottish Government:

Work has continued throughout 2020 and recommendation has now been assessed as fully met.

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