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Celebrating 10 years of the Enhancement Themes at the Scottish Parliament

by User Not Found | Dec 09, 2013
2013 has been a very special year for the Scottish higher education sector as it marks the remarkable achievement of 10 years of the Enhancement Themes. We have already held our first international enhancement conference this year which attracted over 500 delegates from around the world as well as showcasing our 10 years of the Enhancement Themes film. The latest of our 10 year celebrations was a reception held on 12 November at the Scottish Parliament.

The evening was hosted by Professor Andrea Nolan, OBE, Chair of SHEEC, and sponsored by Marco Biagi MSP who began the speeches. Marco spoke about how unique the Enhancement Themes are and how they have started to have an impact on other countries across the globe such as South Africa, New Zealand and Iceland. He also touched on his own experience as a student and how lucky students are now to have the Themes in place.

Andrea continued the international talk as she commented how great it was to have so many international delegates at the conference in June. A sure sign of the power of Scotland’s Enhancement Themes. As it was the 10th year of the Themes it was fitting that Andrea highlighted the 10 things that she values most about the Enhancement Themes. Among these were collaborative working, student partnership and staff engagement.

Dr Alasdair Allan, Cabinet Secretary for Learning, Science and Scotland’s languages, then took to the floor and spoke about how important the Themes are, how much they have achieved and how proud everyone in the sector should be about them. The final speech of the evening was from Danielle Borrett, former student member of the DSC Steering Committee and the Student Network. Danielle was able to give us the student perspective on how well the Enhancement Themes have worked and as well as benefitting the student body as a whole, have also had a positive impact on her life.

As well as the speeches, our guests were informed about what the 10 years have achieved through another showing of our 10 year video, multimedia case study from each of our 19 institutions, posters from the conference and copies of Terry Mayes’ 10 years of the Enhancement Themes publication. We were also lucky to have three musicians from the University of the Highlands and Islands playing throughout the night which really added to the great atmosphere.

The reception really emphasised just how far the Enhancement Themes have come since their creation and how much they have already improved the student learning experience. Here is to the next 10 years!

Photos and more information from the reception can be found on our flickr and storify sites.  

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