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Enhancement Themes

What are Enhancement Themes?

The Enhancement Themes are Scotland-wide initiatives that aim to improve the learning experience of students in higher education. The themes are topics that all Scottish universities focus on at the same time, and aim to make the quality of teaching and student learning even better. Each university works on this topic in their own institution for a period of three academic years, and the sector comes together at regular intervals to share what they’ve learned with each other.

What is the current theme?

The current Enhancement Theme is Student Transitions. The transition points being explored and enhanced at the University of St Andrews are outlined on the current theme page. In addition to work being carried out at institutional level, staff and students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas for events, initiatives and projects that aim to support and enhance a student transition into, during or out of a programme of study and the university. Please visit the funding guidance page for further information.

How are the Enhancement Themes managed?

The themes are managed by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland, which is an independent body responsible for quality assurance and enhancement in Higher Education. This work is also supported by the following groups:

  1. Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee: The themes are directed by the sector through this group, which comprises staff members who have institutional responsibility for learning and teaching. Professor Lorna Milne (Vice Principal [Proctor]) represents the University of St Andrews.

  2. Institutional team: Each of the 19 Higher Education Institutions has their own institutional team to work on the Enhancement Themes.

  3. Theme Leaders Group: This comprises the institutional leads from each institution and three student representatives. Rosalind Campbell (Academic Monitoring and Development Adviser, CAPOD) is the institutional lead for the University of St Andrews.

  4. Student Network: This network provides an opportunity for the student representatives involved in the themes to speak directly to QAA Scotland and each other and discuss their ideas and challenges they face.

In addition, QAA Scotland organises an annual Enhancement Theme conference held in June, which is open to all staff members and students in Scottish higher education institutions. A wide range of resources from 2016, including the papers presented at the conference, are available to view.

Further information, including newsevents, and an Enhancement Theme guide is also available via the Enhancement Theme website

Students – how to get involved with the theme

General enquiries

Ros Campbell
Academic Monitoring & Development Adviser, CAPOD
+44(0)1334 467158