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QAA Scotland are running a series of webinars with a range of sector leaders and experts. These sessions will consider the use of different types of data (both quantitative and qualitative) in a variety of contexts. The webinars will take place between October 2018 and June 2019. Webinar recordings, presentations and resources will be published after each event. Visit the event section to view details and register for future webinars.

Sector-wide activity

Webinar Six: March 2019

Building an evidence-based approach to widening access


Our sixth webinar was presented by Dr Stephanie Mckendry (University of Strathclyde / Office of the Commissioner for Fair Access) and explored the development of Scotland's Framework for Fair Access. It discussed the challenges in finding the balance between different forms of evidence, and how learning from its development and use can both inform, and be shaped by, the use of evidence and evaluation in other parts of the sector.


Building an evidence-based approach to widening access: Scotland’s Framework for Fair Access

Publication Date: 22 Mar 2019

Webinar Five: February 2019

Hunting for evidence in the data landscape



In this webinar, Naomi Jeffery and Erica Hensens (University of Dundee) provide an introduction to the HE Data Landscape resource. We are surrounded by mountains of data and statistics. The resource - and this webinar - aim to provide a base camp, map and compass for staff involved in managing academic quality to explore and better understand the range of data available to them, and how it may be meaningfully used.

Hunting for Evidence in the Data Landscape

Publication Date: 25 Feb 2019

Webinar Four: January 2019

Data Delving: Engaging Staff in Student Experience Data



Nathaniel Pickering from Sheffield Hallam University presented our fourth webinar. This webinar explored the challenges in finding actionable insights upon which to improve the student experience. The session explored how to present and use data for different audiences, along with the use of appreciative inquiry and fictionalised/caricatured data sets.


Data Delving: Engaging Staff in Student Experience Data

Publication Date: 25 Jan 2019

Case Study: National Student Survey and Appreciative Inquiry

Publication Date: 31 Jan 2019

Case Study: The University of Magic Enterprise

Publication Date: 31 Jan 2019

Webinar three - December 2018

Gathering together: working alongside students in an evidence-critical environment


Dr Jill LeBihan, Head of Student Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University presented our third webinar. This webinar drew on experience of recruiting and working with students as leaders, peer educators and researchers, using evidence to inform their applied projects. We also looked at the evidence for the impact these sorts of activities have on students' experience and academic success.


Gathering Together: working alongside students in an evidence-critical environment

Publication Date: 21 Jan 2019

'Gathering Together: working alongside students in an evidence-critical environment’ - Annotated Select Bibliography

Publication Date: 25 Jan 2019

Webinar two - November 2018

Just enough? Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence


Stella Jones-Devitt and Alan Donnelly from Sheffield Hallam University presented our second webinar. It explored the use of evidence to drive improvement in educational practice. This topic has progressed in recent years, yet the idea of evidence-informed practice remains unclear and controversial. This webinar debated the nature of evidence and the role of methodology in educational decision-making, with particular focus on credibility. The presenter also discussed the promises and pitfalls of hierarchies of evidence, and the effectiveness of using unreliable data to capture unintended consequences.


Just enough? Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence

Publication Date: 27 Nov 2018

Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence - Constructing a new order of evidence template

Publication Date: 27 Nov 2018

Why we need to question our assumptions about evidence - Annotated Bibliography

Publication Date: 27 Nov 2018

Webinar one - October 2018

Engaging student and staff voices


Dr Liz Austen from Sheffield Hallam University presented our first webinar. It explored the scope, principles and practices of engaging student and staff voices within higher education. It began with a discussion about the scale and type of current methods and a plea to consider more innovative, inclusive and empowering approaches. There was a specific focus on the use of digital storytelling for engaging staff and students along with suggestions for integrating student and staff voices within methodologies. The webinar also highlighted the ethical considerations within this type of work.



Engaging Student and Staff Voices

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Digital storytelling - Example Participant Information Sheet and Consent Form

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

How to produce digital stories with students and staff in higher education

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018

Digital Storytelling - Ethical checklist

Publication Date: 19 Oct 2018