Quality enhancement & assurance
The University's arrangements for quality assurance and enhancement are set out in the Academic Quality Enhancement Framework Guide.
Quality enhancement & assurance processes
Links to the University's key QE & A processes are provided below.
School and College Quality Officers
Each College and School appoints at least one 'Quality Officer' to oversee and support the range of quality enhancement and assurance processes. More information can be found here.
The Learning and Teaching Strategy constitutes the University’s strategy for quality enhancement and, in order to enable its objectives to be taken forward, a Learning and Teaching Action Plan has been compiled. The Plan incorporates projects arising from the strategic objectives together with those arising from Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR), Internal Audit, the Enhancement Themes, and other initiatives.
The Senate Office's Role...
The Senate Office manages the centralised arrangements for the enhancement and assurance of the quality and standards of the University's degree programmes. The University has to work within the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework. The University's own Framework is set out in the Academic Quality Framework Guide.
Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF)
In 2003, following collaboration between the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Universities Scotland, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), and representatives of the student body, a new strategic approach to quality in the Scottish Higher Education sector was introduced, with a focus on enhancement.
The QEF strategy has five main elements:
- a comprehensive programme of institutional quality reviews that are run by institutions themselves
- institution-level review, which involves all Scottish higher education institutions over a four-year cycle
- improved forms of public information about quality, based on addressing the different needs of a range of stakeholders including students and employers
- a greater voice for student representatives in institutional quality systems, supported by a new national development service
- a national programme of enhancement themes, aimed at developing and sharing good practice in learning and teaching in higher education
This approach was implemented in 2003-04 and remains in force.
Quality Enhancement Themes
Enhancement Themes Website
The QAA has established a website to support work on the Quality Enhancement Themes and to publish details of forthcoming events, as well as to publish in due course supporting material for workshops, outcomes of workshops, and research reports. http://www.enhancementthemes.ac.uk
The current themes are: Graduates for the 21st Century and Quality, Cultures and Systems & Structures for Enhancement.
The University is taking forward the first of these through the Graduate Attributes Working Group, which reports to the Learning & Teaching Committee.
Completed themes include:
Outcomes of Themes
The outcomes of these themes are available via the links above for completed themes.
Six reports from the First Year Enhancement Theme are now available.
Due to the volume of themes outcomes a guide has been produced, which has been divided into the chronology of the student journey, from application, to graduation and beyond.
The guide will be added to as Themes work progresses and will be subject to frequent updating and review.
A further publication has now been issued, which highlights the key findings that can make a difference to the student experience: