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Enhancement Themes

About Enhancement Themes

The Enhancement Themes aim to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas (Themes) for development. The Themes encourage staff and students to share current good practice and collectively generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching. The work of the Enhancement Themes is planned and directed by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC).

Enhancement Themes are part of the unique Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) which has been designed to support higher education institutions in managing the quality of the student learning experience and to provide public confidence in the quality and standards of higher education. It was developed in 2003 and is coordinated by the Universities Quality Working Group which has members from the Scottish Funding Council, Universities Scotland, QAA Scotland, the Higher Education Academy, and the National Union of Students, Scotland.

The QEF consists of five inter-related aspects:

  • Enhancement Themes
  • enhancement-led institutional review (ELIR)
  • institution-led quality review
  • the engagement of students in quality management, including the support provided through the national independent development service, student participation in quality scotland (sparqs)
  • institutional provision of an agreed set of public information.

Current Enhancement Theme

The new Enhancement Theme is Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience and will run until summer 2020. It considers what information is useful to help us identify and understand what we do well and what could be improved. This information, which includes qualitative and quantitative evidence, will be used to identify the issues that would benefit from intervention, help prioritise interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. This will include reporting on the ways in which the student experience has been improved.

Watch this short film with Professor Roni Bamber discussing the legacy of the Student Transitions Theme and Professor Karl Leydecker sharing his ambitions for the next three years.

Themes which have been completed