The last QAA Enhancement Theme (QET), Evidence for Enhancement ran from 2017-2020. The Theme sought to support the Scottish HE sector to understand what we do well and what we could improve.

The main aim of the QET; evidencing enhancement of, and improvement in the student experience is wholly coherent with the strategic goals and priorities of the University, particularly the GCU Student Experience Action Plan (SEAP) with which it is aligned and integrated. The GCU SEAP has four main themes:

  1. Student Engagement and a Sense of Belonging
  2. Programme Organisation and Management
  3. Assessment and Feedback
  4. Wider Student Experience

This strategic focus centres on student achievement and success contextualised to the whole student journey from pre-entry to exit into employment or further study.  

GCU is involved in a number of local and collaborative activities as part of our commitment to the Quality Enhancement Theme.  Please contact Colin Milligan or Professor Nicky Andrew for more information. A key vehicle for our activity under this Enhancement Theme is the 2020 Student Experience Scholarship Scheme. This scheme funds a small number of team projects each year which adopt evidence led approaches top addressing cross university challenges. Visit the 2020 SE Scholarship Scheme pages for more information about all the projects in the scheme.

We have been a member of the Learning Analytics Collaborative Cluster since Year 1. In Year 2, we co-led (with Napier University) the collaborative cluster on Enhancing Programme Leadership. In Year 3, the University are leading a collaborative cluster focused on Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Curriculum.

Our institutional plans and reports are available (in the context of other institutional reports) from the QAA Enhancement Theme web site: 

Year 3

In Autumn 2019 we enter the third and final year of this enhancement theme, where the focus changes to synthesis and evaluation of our theme activity. A key event in the year is the end of theme Conference to be held online in Autumn 2020.

The 2020 conference will centre on four key questions: (a) How can we use evidence to support decision-making? (b) What counts as valid evidence? (c) How can we ensure we are working in partnership with students? and (d) How can we ensure that we are using evidence ethically? through five key conference strands: (i) understanding student demographics, retention, progression and success (ii) using big data to enhance learning and teaching and the student experience (iii) creating and valuing evidence beyond numbers (iv) empowering staff and students to use evidence; and (v) supporting employability and the development of graduate skills.