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 with the QAA Enhancement Theme: Evidence for Enhancement: Enhancing the Student Experience. Projects will include a direct element of partnership working with students. 

2020 Scholarships 2017-2018

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 2018-2019

In 2018-2019, a further five Scholarship projects were funded. 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 curricular, 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.

2020 Scholarships 2019-2020

In 2019-2020 four Scholarship projects were funded. In a change from previous years, these Scholarships were picked to address a key challenge identified by each school.

  • At GCU London, Ruth Marciniak, Stefan Hollins and Anne Chapman are conducting a study to explore the impact of late registration on achievement.
  • In Health and Life Sciences, Yvonne Wayne and Fiona Kennedy are exploring the efficacy of the Peer Supported Communities, with a view to extending the model to accommodate Artiuclating students
  • In Computing Engineeering and the Built Environment, Patricia Munoz de Escalona will lead a project exploring attainment of BAME students. 
  • In the Glasgow School for Business and Society, Alexis Barlow will explore models of online learning that fit the needs of the school.

Project summaries can be found here.