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National Enhancement Themes symposium series

The symposium series supports sectoral reflection on key areas identified as part of the Enhancement Themes. The series began in October 2010 as part of Graduates of the 21st Century activities and will continue throughout the Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Theme.

The events aim to have key contributors (including employers, discipline communities, international contributors) provide their perspectives on societal changes, challenges to HE and the future shape of HE in supporting and developing graduate attributes. Outcomes of these events support institutional activities.

Symposium series events

University of Glasgow - 21 February 2013

Professor Jim McKillop, General Medical Council and Professor Mark Allison, Executive Director, Education, ICAS discussed the topic of professional bodies in relation to the development of graduate attributes in higher education.

University of West of Scotland - 21 June 2012

Professor Seamus McDaid, CBE, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and Convenor, Universities Scotland; and Ken Muir, Chief Inspector, Education Scotland addressed the topic of Curriculum for Excellence.

Glasgow Caledonian University - 11 October 2011

Sjur Bergan, Council of Europe, Professor Christine King, Staffordshire University and Christina Yan Zhang, National Union of Students discussed the future shape of higher education in supporting and developing graduate attributes, whilst considering:

  • How the curriculum, in its broadest sense, is shaped and delivered?
  • Who is it for - how the student body is changing?
  • What support is required for staff?

University of Edinburgh - 16 June 2011

Mr Graeme Waddell, Director of Energen Biogas and Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland addressed questions fundamental to the Enhancement Theme; Graduates for the 21st Century.

University of Strathclyde - 21 October 2010

Professor Michael Sterling and Professor Christopher Smith addressed questions fundamental to the Enhancement Theme - What should be the attributes of a graduate from Scottish higher education in the 21st century: in order that they can contribute to future cultural, civic and economic prosperity; and how can the achievement of these attributes best be supported?