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Annual Report andAccounts 2014‑2015

StudentAwardsAgency Scotland

07

Strategic Report

We were established as an Executive Agency on 5 April 1994.

Our operating framework, including financial delegations, is

set down in the Agency’s Framework Document.The Chief

Executive is the Agency’s Accountable Officer, answerable to

the Scottish Government’s Principal Accountable Officer and

Scottish Ministers.

Our key functions are to:

assess and process applications for student support for

eligible full‑time higher education students, providing

financial support under the Students’Allowances Scheme;

the Postgraduate Students’Allowances Scheme; the Nursing

and Midwifery Student Bursaries Scheme; and the NHS

Bursary Scheme;

administer the Part‑Time Fee Grant;

distribute Discretionary and Childcare Funds to Scottish

universities and Discretionary Funds to Scottish colleges;

provide resources to the Student Loans Company Limited for

both loan funding and administration costs; and

administer the Individual Learning Accounts Scotland

Scheme, in partnership with Skills Development Scotland.

How We Relate to the SG’s Purpose and Priorities

The Scottish Government’s core purpose is “to focus government

and public services on creating a more successful country with

opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing

sustainable economic growth”.

The route to the achievement of the Government’s purpose

is by a defined set of 5 Strategic Objectives and 16 National

Outcomes.These comprise the National Performance

Framework and provide a clear and consistent set of priorities

across government and its agencies.

The Agency contributes to the Government’s national strategic

objective of a Smarter Scotland, which seeks to “expand

opportunities for people in Scotland to succeed from nurture

through to lifelong learning ensuring higher and more widely

shared achievements”. In particular our functions help deliver

the following National Outcomes:

Who We Are and

What We Do

The Student Awards

Agency Scotland

(SAAS) is an Executive

Agency of the Scottish

Government (SG)

under the terms of the

Scotland Act 1998.

The Agency operates

independently and

impartially while

remaining directly

accountable to

Scottish Ministers.