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Further and Higher Education Student Support Review

An independent review of the further and higher education student support package was launched on 25 October 2016. This independent review, chaired by Jayne-Anne Gadhia, CEO Virgin Money, has a remit to thoroughly review student support to ensure that the entire system is firmly focused on meeting the needs of all students in further and higher education.  The review is scheduled to report to Ministers by Autumn 2017.


A Review Working Group has been established and the following stakeholders are represented on the Group:

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

Paul Lowe

NUS Scotland

Vonnie Sandlan - until June 2017

Phillip Whyte - until June 2017

Linda Somerville

Luke Humberstone

Colleges Scotland

Shona Struthers

Young Scot

Louise MacDonald


Annag Maclean (Castlebay High)

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

Angela Toal

Scottish Funding Council (SFC)

Dr John Kemp

Universities Scotland

Alastair Sim

Scottish Youth Parliament

Erin McAuley MSYP

IPPR Scotland

Russell Gunson

Money Advice Scotland (CAB)

Yvonne MacDermid OBE


John Gallacher

Membership will remain subject to on-going review.  There will also be an opportunity for a larger number of stakeholders to contribute to the review via sub-group activity. Further information will be made available on this as the Review progresses.