All higher education institutions in Scotland are required to enter in to an Outcome Agreement each year with the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).

The Outcome Agreement covers a 3 year period and is reviewed and updated each year, following guidance issued by the SFC. The purpose of the Outcome Agreement is to demonstrate how each institution will contribute towards the SFC’s achievement of its objectives.

The SFC issues guidance about specific national performance measures.

These are grouped into 5 priorities:

Priority 1 – Widening Access: Learning that is accessible and diverse, attracting and providing more equal opportunities for people of all ages, and from all communities and backgrounds

Priority 2 – High Quality Learning and Teaching: An outstanding system of learning that is accessible and diverse where students progress successfully with the ability, ideas and ambition to make a difference

Priority 3 – World-leading Research: World-leading universities, nationally and internationally connected with a global reputation for their research

Priority 4 – Greater Innovation in the Economy: A national culture of enterprise and innovation leading to a more productive and sustainable economy

Priority 5 – High Performing Institutions: A coherent system of high-performing, sustainable institutions with modern, transparent and accountable governance arrangements

View the Outcome Agreement for the academic years 2017-18 to 2019-20 (PDF 519KB)

View the New Outcome Agreement for the academic years 2018-19 to 2020-21 (PDF 1.3MB) 

Previous Outcome Agreement

Outcome Agreement 2016-17 to 2018-19 (PDF 668KB)

Outcome Agreement 2015-16 to 2017-18 (PDF 304KB)

Outcome Agreement 2014-15 to 2016-17 (PDF 175MB)

Institutional Gender Action Plan (iGAP)

The iGAP sets out the actions the university will take to address gender imbalance in certain subject areas and to address the gap between male and female participation in undergraduate study. A refreshed iGAP is in the final stages of development and will be published shortly. For more information please contact