The new QAA Enhancement Theme, launched in Autumn 2020 is 'Resilient Learning Communities'. This Theme will focus on meeting the changing needs and values of an increasingly diverse student community and a rapidly changing external environment.

The Enhancement Theme runs for three years (1 Aug 2020 - 31 July 2023) and each year the University will undertake a range of institutional and sector activities.

At GCU the Theme is Chaired by Professor Alastair Robertson, with Colin Milligan, as the University's representative on the Theme Leaders Group.

The priorities for GCU in relation to the new Enhancement Theme, Resilient Learning Communities” are:

  • To embed the ethos of resilience and ’Resilient Learning Communities’ in the context of our forthcoming Strategy for Learning 2030 and associated refresh of our Common Good Attributes for our students,
  • To link current institutional work on Microcredentials, Diversifying the Curriculum, Community and Public Engagement, widening participation and student engagement during a predominantly online (supplemented with on campus teaching for activities that cannot be done online) pedagogic approach, with theme activity to ensure external best practice informs our progress.
  • To benefit from our contributions to the various Collaborative Cluster projects (GCU is leading on three and is a named partner in another two)
  • To undertake all of the above in active partnership with our Students’ Association.

Our Institutional Plan for Year One (up to July 31 2021) is available on the Theme web site: Yr 1 Plan.


Please contact Colin for further information about the Theme: