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The Quality Enhancement Themes represent one element of the new enhancement-led strategy in Scottish higher education. This strategy is learner-centred; its focus is the student experience. A thematic approach to quality enhancement is helping Scottish higher education institutions, individually and collectively, to:

  • address the problems and challenges inherent in twenty-first century mass and global higher education
  • find high quality and effective solutions to improve the student experience
  • be more efficient and effective in delivering transformational change.

The Enhancement Themes are planned and directed by the sector through the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC). SHEEC manages the programme of Enhancement Theme activity in the context of a five-year rolling plan of topics.

Partners

Five partner bodies are involved in implementing the Enhancement Themes initiative:

In addition, SParQS (Student Participation in Quality Scotland) further assists and supports student engagement in quality assurance and enhancement activities, working closely with student associations.

Some key resources:


Full list of from the Quality enhancement section listed below.

Resource description originator
External examining : Engineering Subject Centre teaching guide
This resource is part of a series of Engineering Subject Centre teaching guides aimed at the busy engineering academic. It addresses the topic of external examining and considers practice, procedures and principles. A separate but related file of vignettes, written by other contributors, is intended to provoke debate around the topic and encourage...(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/teaching-guides/external-examining/index.

Resource description originator
Scotland’s Quality Enhancement Themes : Engineering Subject Centre website
This is an Engineering Subject Centre web page about Scotland’s Quality Enhancement Themes. The Enhancement Themes initiative aims to enhance the student learning experience in Scottish higher education by identifying specific areas for development. The themes encourage academic and support staff and students to share current good practice and...(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.engsc.ac.uk/an/tqe/scotland.asp

British Standards Institution (BSI) education website
This is the Education website of BSI. The area for Higher Education includes page content and presentations on BSI’s role in the development of product and service standards and on the benefits of standards. There is subject specific content and links to further resources including education publications available from BSI, and BS Online, the...(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.bsieducation.org/

Progress files for higher education
The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education's (QAA) mission is to safeguard the public interest in sound standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in the management of the quality of higher education. This web page describes what Progress files are and provides a link to guidelines on their preparation....(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/progressfiles/defaul

Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
The QAA was established in 1997 and is an independent body funded by subscriptions from universities and colleges of higher education, and through contracts with the main higher education funding bodies. The Agency's mission is to safeguard the public interest in standards of higher education qualifications and to encourage continuous improvement in...(more)

URL(s):
 • http://www.qaa.ac.uk/

  

 

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