Personal details of more than 1,000 students in Scotland have gone missing in the post, it has emerged.
Students at Telford College, Edinburgh, have been affected
The Scottish Funding Council has apologised after five out of eight boxes of surveys were lost, with personal information on 1,400 students.
They included names, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers, gender and ethnicity details from seven colleges.
They went missing when a Glasgow market research firm sent them to a consulting company in Edinburgh, the SFC said.
Students from Aberdeen College, Adam Smith College in Fife, Anniesland College in Glasgow, Barony College in Dumfries, North Highland College and Telford College in Edinburgh, have been affected.
Out of a total of 2,200 students who took part in the survey, only 700 forms were received.
Of the remaining 1,500 which have been lost, 1,400 contained the personal information of students.
SFC chief executive, Roger McClure, said: "I very much regret that this has taken place and offer my personal apologies to the students concerned.
"We are now taking extra steps to prevent such a loss recurring."
The National Union of Students Scotland has advised students to change internet and banking passwords, to help protect their identity.