Responding to Student Needs was one of the first Enhancement Themes launched in 2003. This Enhancement Theme identified and considered two key topics to investigate and develop.


Key topics


Student Needs in the First Year of Study


Following a consultation with focus groups we identified four strands for this project:

  1. induction
  2. personal tutor systems
  3. approaches to integrating student support
  4. the first-year learning experience.

Small development teams were setup to take this work forward.


Student feedback and evaluation


This work involved a group of project officer who collected examples of good practice and innovative approaches from the sector.


We published an overview report for this Enhancement Theme and an outcome report on the findings of both projects.

Theme Overview report


Responding to student needs: Overview

Publication Date: 25 May 2005

This publication provides an overview of the Responding to Student Needs Enhancement Theme that ran during 2003-2004. The principal aim of this Enhancement Themes was to provide additional support to the sector and institutions in the continuing task of improving the student experience in Scottish higher education.

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Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 185 KB

Project Outcomes report


Responding to Student Needs: Project Outcomes

Publication Date: 25 May 2005

This publication brings together the outcomes from the Responding to Student Needs Enhancement Theme that ran during 2003-2004. It reports one the four strands of the project and the Student Evaluation and Feedback Toolkit projects.

Document Details
Author: QAA Scotland
Format: PDF
Size: 894 KB