Cathy Mitchell is a Senior Data/Policy Officer who works in further and higher education data at the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Cathy believes that more advanced use of data and qualitative research is key to improving the student experience, and is motivated to deliver this in the Scottish sector. Cathy works directly with colleges and universities, the Scottish government and related agencies in pursuing these aims.

Cathy authors National and Official Statistics publications and has strengthened links between qualitative research in education and students in the sector by beginning an internship programme opportunity at SFC for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Cathy has an LLB in Law and an MSc in both Criminology and in Social Research, all from the University of Edinburgh. Cathy is pursing further professional qualifications in Statistics, Data Science and Strategic Management.