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Theme progress

 Steering Group

Mrs Alice Foulis Director of Education, Students Association
Dr Jon Issberner Associate Dean, Education (Science)
Dr Graham Kirby Pro Dean Advising for Science
Dr Stephen Tyre Pro Dean Advising for Arts and Divinity
Dr Sharon Leahy Pro Dean Curriculum for Science
Ms Margaret Adamson Head of Learning Technology & IT Skills Development
Ms Nikki Broughton Administrative Officer (Academic Monitoring)

Strands of activity

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

a) Investigate factors influencing degree outcomes: 

Strand Leads:  Stephen Tyre and Graham Kirby

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.

b) Use nomination data from teaching awards to identify and share good practice: 

Strand Lead:  Alice Foulis

The student-led teaching awards (SLTAs) provide a rich source of evidence in relation to students’ perspectives on what constitutes a high quality learning and teaching experience.  Nomination data gathered as part of the awards was analysed and a summary report generated and reviewed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Committee.  Award winners developed reflective pieces identifying the good practice within their nominations.  The identification of good practice examples will lead to the development of ‘masterclasses’ to spread this good practice across the institution.

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:  Jon Issberner

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.

End of year one report (PDF, 153 KB)

Year Two plan (PDF, 153 KB)

Institutional Lead

Ros Campbell
Enhancement Theme Lead and Academic Policy Officer (Quality), Proctor's Office
enhancementtheme@st-andrews.ac.uk
+44(0)1334 463600

Dr Gerald Prescott (2018-19)
Senior Lecturer (Education-focussed)