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Indicators of enhancement

The indicators of enhancement were designed to facilitate informed discussions at all levels within institutions about the enhancement of the student experience. They were not designed to be used as a check list for Enhancement-led institutional review (ELIR) or as a set of performance indicators.

The indicators of enhancement are a contribution to the overall environment which supports the enhancement of higher education in Scotland.

The concept of the Indicators arose from the Joint Quality Review Group, a working group set up by the Scottish Funding Council to review quality assurance and enhancement. The development of the Indicators formed part of the activities for the Scottish higher education sector during the interim year in 2007-08. They were designed by a working group chaired by Professor Peter Easy (Senior Vice Principal, Napier University) and managed by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC).

The Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) has published its strategy and vision document outlining its vision, principles and objectives for 2012-16. One of the objectives is to develop and apply systematic approaches to monitoring the impact and effectiveness of the work carried out by SHEEC. This will partly be achieved through the re-development of the Indicators of Enhancement to ensure that they are as useful as possible to individual institutions for internal consultation about enhancement, and useful to SHEEC as a way of facilitating sector-wide discussions about enhancement.

In order to take the work forward, SHEEC has recently commissioned Professor Murray Saunders, Dr Stephen Dempster (Lancaster University) and Dr Neil Lent (University of Edinburgh).  Professor Murray and colleagues are currently conducting interviews to assess usage, effectiveness and future directions. The initial outcomes of their work will be presented at our International conference in June. For further information please contact Claire Carney.