The 2020 Student Experience Action Plan led by the DVC (Academic) provides a three-year horizon to deliver a stepwise change in student satisfaction with their learning experience and ensure the University achieves its 2020 ambitions. The Action Plan focuses on four key themes: Student Engagement; Programme Organisation & Management; Assessment & Feedback; and the Wider Student Engagement. Additionally, projects should align, where possible with the QAA Enhancement Theme: Evidence for Enhancement: Enhancing the Student Experience. Projects will include a direct element of partnership working with students. To ensure their impact across the institution, projects have been designed to include representation from more than one School. 

2020 Scholarships 2017-18

The 2017-8 projects started in June 2017 for a period of 1 year. The projects are:

  • Contemporary Academic Advising & Mentoring (CAAM), led by Dr Heather Gray (HLS).
  • Enhancing the GCU Online Student Experience, led by Dawn Anderson (GSBS).
  • HEEPs of support @ GCU (Higher Education, English for Academic Purposes) led by Kim Williams and Deborah O’Neill (HLS).
  • Improving Assessment Rubrics & Marking Guidelines, led by Gillian Gibson (HLS).

Project summaries and initial impact can be found here:


2020 Scholarships 2018-19

We are pleased to announce that we have funded a further five Scholarship projects to run in the coming Academic Year. All projects are cross-University, where appropriate, and contribute to the priorities of the Enhancing the Student Experience Action Plan, and/or the current Quality Enhancement Theme “Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience”. The 2018-9 projects start in June 2018 for a period of 1 year. The projects are:


  • Partnership Working in GCU led by Shiv Shanmugam, HLS
  • Enhancing student employability and sense of belonging through co-creating inter-disciplinary projects led by Claire Bereziat (GSBS)
  • Evidencing a better understanding of the learning of students with disabilities led by Rachel Mulholland, (HLS)
  • Understanding Student Attendance and its link to academic achievement led by Julie Thomson, (GSBS)
  • Exploring the benefits and challenges of developing an online bridging programme led by Karen Thomson (HLS)

In addition, we hope to support two smaller pieces of work: a small extension to the Contemporary Academic Advising & Mentoring  project looking specifically at mental wellbeing support in the context of academic advising, and activity to consider and highlight the implications and findings of the TransEdu project (led by Steph McKendry at U of Strathclyde) which explored the experiences of Trans, non-binary and gender diverse and students and staff across the Scottish HE sector.

Project summaries can be found here.