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‘College boards have to represent the population’

Shirley-Anne Somerville says she is looking for female and minority chairs

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The Scottish Funding Council’s gender action plan is meant to boost gender equality on college and university courses, but at the very top of Scotland’s colleges, equality is a long way off. Of the 13 chairs of regional boards, only three are women. 

But in an exclusive interview, FE minister Shirley-Anne Somerville says she is determined to tackle this as soon as possible. “College boards have got to represent the population of the region they are part of, so this is something I am actively looking at,” says Somerville. 

“I will take every opportunity to move on that, because I would agree ...

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