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Coronavirus COVID-19: Learner Journey Ministerial Task Force


The COVID-19 Learner Journey Ministerial Task Force was established in January 2021 by the Scottish Government.

The Task Force was established following Further and Higher Education Covid-19 Ministerial Leadership Groups and bi-lateral meetings with Colleges Scotland and Universities Scotland, which highlighted significant challenges students face in completing academic year (AY) 2020-2021, and the potential future impacts in AY 2021-2022.

The Ministerial Task Force was established by the Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science to address the immediate challenges in this academic AY and then consider longer term consequences for students completing their qualifications on business and the economy, e.g. completing their qualifications and the future pipeline of suitably qualified staff which can also be linked, in the longer term, to the current SFC review on Coherence and Sustainability.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Further and Higher Education Ministerial Leadership Group


  • Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science (Chair) 
  • Shona Struthers (Chief Executive, Colleges Scotland)
  • Andy Witty (Director of Sector Policy, Colleges Scotland)
  • Carol Turnbull (Chair of College Principals’ Group)
  • Alastair Sim (Director, Universities Scotland)
  • David Lott (Deputy Director, Universities Scotland)
  • Paul Grice (Chair Learning and Teaching Committee, Universities Scotland)
  • Lauren McNamara (Director of Strategy and Innovation, Student Awards Agency Scotland)
  • Karen Watt (Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council)
  • Fiona Robertson (Chief Executive, Scottish Qualifications Authority)
  • Neville Prentice (Senior Director of Service Development and Delivery, Skills Development Scotland)
  • Matt Crilly (President, National Union of Students Scotland)
  • Gillian Ritchie (HMI Inspector, Head of Scrutiny, Education Scotland)
  • Mary Senior (Scotland Official, University and College Union)
  • Lorcan Mullen (Head of Higher Education, Unison)
  • Chris Kennedy (Lead Unite Workplace and Health & Safety Rep, Unite)
  • Stuart Brown, (National Officer for FE, EIS)
  • Marion Allison (Director, CLD Standards Council)