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The Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) ensures that higher education in Scotland continues to be considered as being at the forefront of developing and enhancing the student learning experience and student success.

Every Scottish institution has a representative on the committee, who are senior colleagues from across the sector with institutional responsibility for learning and teaching. They have a key role in supporting the embedding of effective enhancement-led approaches to managing quality in their higher education institutions. There are also four student members and observers from our partner organisations on the Committee.


Recognising the move to develop tertiary arrangements for quality in the Scottish sector, the membership of SHEEC has been recently extended to include a representative from the College Development Network (CDN) Vice-Principals Curriculum Network, along with an observer from CDN.  

Evaluating the Enhancement Themes

Academic year 2022-23 marks 20 years of the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework and our enhancement-led approach to the management of quality, learning and teaching and the wider student experience. We are using this milestone to undertake a deep and wide-ranging evaluation of one of its five key elements - the Enhancement Themes.

SHEEC Commissioned project

In 2019, SHEEC commissioned a project to identify the effects of different models and approaches to academic leadership of enhancement to inform SHEEC’s oversight of enhancement activity at the sector level. QAA and the sector have, in turn, used this information to ensure we are working in a way that is most likely to gain maximum benefit for the sector as a whole. The summary report opposite includes details of this project. For anyone who wishes to find out more a full report is also available.

Trends in leadership of quality enhancement in the Scottish university sector: Summary report

Publication date: 04 Dec 2019