The Research Teaching Linkages Enhancement Theme started in 2006. It 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.


The aims of the Theme was to:

  • identify, share and build on good and innovative practice in utilising research-teaching linkages
  • develop the achievement of 'research-type' attributes,
  • support students so they understand the purpose of achieving 'research-type' attributes.

The Theme produced a range of resources throughout its lifetime. This includes disciplinary reports across nine areas, sector-wide reports and institutional case studies.

Sector-wide reports


Sector-Wide discussions: Volume 1

Publication Date: 16 Dec 2008

This publication is the first volume of a project report from the Sector-Wide project that focused on the work at institutional level. The publication outlines the background, approach and methodology, findings, challenges, conclusions, and recommendations from the project. It sought to understand the definition of research-teaching linkages and explored the relationship between research-teaching linkages and the development of graduate attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 366 KB

Sector-Wide discussions: Volume 2 - Vignettes of practice

Publication Date: 16 Dec 2008

This publication complements the Sector-Wide Discussions Volume 1 and distils some highlights from the 20 institutional reports collected during January to June 2008. At that time the reports were based on work in progress and were published to provide an illustrations of approaches or challenges.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 198 KB

Disciplinary project reports


Enhancing Graduate Attributes Overview 

Publication Date: 12 May 2009

This publication is an overview of the Research-Teaching Linkages Enhancement Theme and includes the aims, achievements and challenges. The main focus for this Theme has centred on how course and programme teams, disciplinary communities and institutions can best support the student learning experience in ways that can enhance research-type graduate attribute.

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Author: QAA Scotland
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Size: 260 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Publication Date: 22 Aug 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Arts, Humanities and Social Science. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 355 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Business, Management, Accountancy and Finance

Publication Date: 13 Aug 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Business & Finance. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 446 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Creative and Cultural Practice

Publication Date: 26 May 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Creative & Cultural Practice. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 2738 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Information and Mathematical Sciences 

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2009

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Information & Mathematics. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 759 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Life Sciences

Publication Date: 18 Oct 2006

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Life Sciences. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 286 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine

Publication Date: 05 Jun 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Dentistry & Vet Medicine. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 342 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Physical Sciences

Publication Date: 03 Mar 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Physical Sciences. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
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Size: 358 KB

Enhancing Graduate Attributes: Health and Social Care

Publication Date: 07 Jul 2008

This publication reports on the experiences of academic staff within the subject areas of Health & Social Care. The project comprised an ongoing discussion between staff and students within higher education institutions to reflect on Research-Teaching Linkages and how they can be structured and developed to enhance the achievement of 'research-type' attributes.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 250 KB