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Theme progress

Strands of activity

1. Optimise the use of evidence to enhance the student experience

Investigate factors influencing degree outcomes: 

Strand Leads:  Stephen Tyre and Morven Shearer

This project will analyse existing institutional data on students' backgrounds and their academic records to investigate whether there are significant correlations between background and academic engagement, and academic outcomes. The outcome of this project will be to identify correlations, with the aims of providing insights to: better inform the recruitment and admissions process; and support targeted interventions with particular student cohorts.

2. Gather and analyse evidence to inform the development of learning and teaching spaces:

 Strand Lead:  Margaret Adamson

This project aims to build a body of evidence from staff and students to allow us to evaluate the impact that our refurbished teaching spaces are having on learning and teaching.  Innovative learning and teaching spaces have been developed and staff and students views gathered through questionnaires.  Through this process, we aim to establish a methodology for evaluating similar projects in the future and to develop a strategy for the refurbishment of teaching spaces.

3. Enhance attainment and build diversity across the student demographic:

Strand Lead:  Sharon Leahy

This project aims to increase University staff involvement in the First Chances School outreach Programme, to raise attainment levels in Fife Schools and build diversity across the student demographic.  Student interns, working closely with the Outreach team within Admissions, will create a bank of academic resources related to core subjects (English and Science).  These resources will contribute to pupils learning within the Curriculum for Excellence Framework and increase their attainment, allowing pupils to apply to Higher Education programmes in the future.

4. Develop the link between evidence and pedagogy:

Strand Lead:  Lucy Hadfield

This strand of work aims to: (a) raise awareness of the need for pedagogical research and (b) publicise existing research. Activities will include delivering a series of workshops designed to facilitate pedagogical research across the University, and sharing existing projects, which link evidence to pedagogy development.  The St Andrews Learning and Teaching Initiative (SALTI) has been launched and three broad areas for the initial work were defined as e-Learning, assessment and curriculum design and implementation.  Workshops, aimed at building the capacity of staff for pedagogical research are in development.

5. Strand Lead: Amy Bretherton

This year’s student-led focus for the Enhancement Theme will centre on the introduction of a new Student Employability Representative. Each degree subject will have a dedicated Employability Rep, who will be self-nominated from each School’s existing pool of Class Representatives. This representative will work with academic staff and students in their School to gather evidence of entrepreneurial and enterprising activities in the curriculum and this information will be disseminated at a semesterly Employability Forum, in order to share best practice and to inform the way forward on enterprise activities in the curriculum. This focus links closely with the existing focus on entrepreneurialism in the University's strategy.

End of year one report (PDF, 153 KB)

Year Two plan (PDF, 153 KB)

End of year two report (PDF, 381 KB)

Year Three Plan (PDF, 791 KB)

Institutional Lead

Dr Gerald Prescott 
Senior Lecturer (Education-focussed)
+44(0)1334 463562