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The Enhancement Themes have been running since 2003 and have considered many learning and teaching areas, which are identified by the Scottish higher education sector. The Themes have produced a large number of resources, including publications, case studies and papers.


2014 - 2017

Student Transitions explored the transitions of students into, through and out of study at university. We completed a range of institution work and sector-wide projects on key areas of transitions, including:

  • Transitions Map
  • Transitions Skills and Strategies
  • Equality and diversity (including students who have been in care)
  • Experience and needs of international students'
  • Inter-institutional collaboration
  • Theme evaluation reports.

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2011 - 2014

Developing and Supporting the Curriculum aimed to make the learner journey more effective for students and more efficient for staff and institutions. It provided dedicated time for the sector to consider and shape the nature of the Scottish higher education experience.

We published a range of resources including:

  • Theme overview reports
  • Institutional activity report 2011-2014
  • Curriculum for excellence toolkit for institutions
  • Flexible curriculum toolkit: Viewpoint handbook and cards
  • Staff: Enhancing teaching project report
  • Commissioned project reports.

View more about Developing and Supporting the Curriculum.


2008 - 2011

The Graduates for the 21st Century Theme combined the work of all the earlier Enhancement Themes.  It also consider what graduate attributes are required in the 21st century and what we can in the Scottish higher education sector to support this. We carried out a variety of work and published a range of resources including: 

  • Institutional activity report 2008-2011
  • Overview paper: Graduate attributes for the 21st century
  • Graduate attributes to support: Responding to student needs
  • Graduate attributes to support: Research-Teaching Linkages
  • Graduate attributes to support: The First Year
  • Graduate attributes to support: Assessment and Feedback
  • Graduate attributes to support: Employability.

View more about Graduates for the 21st Century.


2006 - 2008

Research Teaching Linkages considered the links between discipline-based research activities and the student learning experience. The main focus was on programme teams and how they can support students to achieve research-type graduate attributes. We produced a range of resources including:

  • Disciplinary reports across nine areas
  • Sector-wide reports
  • Institutional case studies.

View more about Research-Teaching Linkages.


2005 - 2008

The First Year focused on the nature and purposes of the students first year in higher education and how we can engage and empower students in their learning. We produced a range of resources including:

  • Overview report: The First Year
  • Six commissioned reports on key aspects of the first year
  • Two sector-wide studies of the first year.

View more about The First Year.


2005 - 2006

Integrative Assessment was a mini Theme setup to follow on from work on the Assessment Enhancement Theme. It focused on optimising the balance between formative and summative assessment. We published the following four guides to support the work:

  • Guide no 1: Monitoring students experiences of assessment
  • Guide no 2: Balancing assessment of and assessment for learning
  • Guide no 3: Blending assignments and assessments for high quality learning
  • Guide no 4: Managing assessment practices and procedures.

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2004 - 2006

Flexible Delivery aimed to address the need to create a learning environment that improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the Scottish higher education sector. We published a range of resources including:
  • Institutional engagement report
  • Development project reports on the Flexible curriculum, Flexible entry and programmes and Flexible learning.

View more about Flexible Delivery.

Employability ran in parallel with the Flexible Delivery Theme. It aimed to create a clear understanding of the term employability and raise the profile and its benefits to students, employers and academic staff. We published a range of resources including:

  • Institutional engagement report
  • Commissioned reports to help engage academic staff, students and employers.

View more about Employability.


2003 - 2004

Responding to Student Needs was one of the first Enhancement Themes launched in 2003. We identified and considered two key areas: Student needs in the first year and student feedback and evaluation. We published two resources:

  • Overview report: Responding to Student Needs
  • Project outcome report.

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Assessment was one of the first Enhancement Themes and focused on efficient assessment for students or staff and effective assessment that produces results. We published a range of resources including:

  • Overview report: Assessment 
  • Workshop outcome report.

View more about Assessment.