Collaborative clusters provide institutions with the opportunity to work together on areas of shared interests which have the potential of adding value for the whole sector once complete. Six exciting and varied projects are running in 2018-19. Two of the collaborative clusters (The Creative Disciplines and Learning Analytics) are continuing to progress work started in year 1 of the Theme.

The creative disciplines


This cluster is being led by Glasgow School of Art, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The University of Edinburgh (Edinburgh College of Art).


This project aims to raise awareness of how institutions are using outcomes metrics in creative subjects, to assess the impact of the education students receive. We have published a report on the cluster work completed during 2017-18.


Scoping the Creative Arts Territory in the Scottish Context

Publication Date: 09 Oct 2018

This report looks at ways in which we communicate data to enhancing learning and teaching in the Creative arts programmes in Scotland. This work was part of the collaborative cluster work and sits underneath the sector strand: Optimising the use of existing evidence.

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Learning analytics


This cluster is being led by the University of Strathclyde, with contributions from 13 other Scottish institutions.


This project aims to scope Scottish institutions’ collective understanding of learning analytics. Year 2 of this cluster work will include:

  • developing a resource to help share and promote practice
  • producing a report on research into student engagement with learning analytics.

A report on the cluster work completed during 2017-18 will be available soon.

Developing graduate support in Scotland


This new cluster is being led by The University of Dundee.


The cluster aims to enhance Scottish graduates support. A key activity will be analysing existing data on the current services available to graduates in Scottish institutions.

Beyond the metrics: charting the intangible aspects of enhancement in the age of accountability


This new cluster is being led by Abertay University.


The project is seeking to provide a renewed understanding of the intangible assets that contribute to the success of higher education - teaching quality and student success - beyond the proxy indicators of student satisfaction, educational outcomes and graduate salaries.

Enhancing programme leadership


This new cluster is being led by Edinburgh Napier University and Glasgow Caledonian University.


The cluster will bring together thinking and learning from across the sector. It will explore evidence for enhancement from the vantage point of programme leadership. The cluster will share emerging practice and resources that focus on linking evidence with support for practical pedagogic action for enhancement. The outcome will be practical conversations and pooled resources aimed at understanding - and closing - the gap between evidence and action.

Online tutor toolkit and belonging


This cluster is being led by Queen Margaret University and builds on the year 1 sector-wide workshops that explored potential topics of interest.


This cluster is seeking to enhance the student experience of distance, online and rural learners. It will do this by developing a toolkit to promote the learners’ sense of belonging at module and programme level. Tutors across Scotland can use the toolkit to make informed decisions about the type of interventions required.