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We work with students and staff from across the Scottish higher education sector to deliver a student-led project in each year of the Enhancement Theme. A Steering Group, which has a student chair and involves input from a range of staff and students as well as sparqs, provide direction for the project. Each project aims to develop policy, practice, resources and networks around common issues and areas of interest.


In 2018-19, the Students using evidence project explored the role of data and evidence in the work of student representatives. The project involved students and staff from a range of Scottish institutions and students associations/unions, as well as staff from QAA Scotland and sparqs.

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Current practice

We are working with the sector to establish examples of current practice involving students using evidence in their work with institutions and students associations/unions.


Sharing practice event


On 7 February 2019, staff and students representing all Scottish HEIs gathered in Edinburgh at the Students using evidence sharing practice event. We discussed how students are (and could be) using evidence to improve the student experience. The presentation slides used at the event are available below.


A tour of the institutional data landscape

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Where are you and where are you going - A workshop activity

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

DUSA data: Mining data to design our campaigns

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Qualitative vs Quantitative: Should you make the switch today?

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Supporting students using evidence

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

What does the data landscape look from the students’ association?

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Enhancing student engagement through data sharing and partnership

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

What to expect when you’re expecting data

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Ethical and practical considerations for students using learning analytics data

Publication Date: 24 Apr 2019

Examples of practice


We have been gathering examples of innovative and effective practice from students. We will add more examples as the project progresses.


A Look into the minds of Year 1 Students

Publication Date: 25 Apr 2019

School-specific careers survey

Publication Date: 25 Apr 2019

Understanding what gets students to engage

Publication Date: 25 Apr 2019

Supporting a step change in the use of MyAberdeen (the university’s VLE) from a students’ perspective

Publication Date: 25 Apr 2019

Student Course Evaluation Form (SCEF) What do staff and students really think about SCEF

Publication Date: 25 Apr 2019

Free webinar - students using evidence


An introduction and guide to using evidence and data in the representative system to improve the student experience


This webinar will take place on 18 June 2019 from 12:30 to 13:15 and is free to attend.


Data is an important tool, and provides us with the evidence we need in order to enhance the student learning experience, but how much do we involve our students in data processes? What are the barriers, and more importantly, what are the potential solutions? This webinar will look at student interaction, engagement with, and use of data, alongside the problems we face in engaging students. It will also look at the positive elements of student involvement, and explore a case study of good practice. This webinar also draws on the work of the Enhancement Theme Student-led project to explore the ways that students in different academic representative systems generate, use and share (or could generate, use, and share) data and evidence to improve the student experience.

Developing practice

Students’ guide to the data landscape


Students and students’ association staff members are working with QAA Scotland and colleagues from sparqs to develop a set of resources to accompany the Higher Education Data Landscape Resource.


These resources will help students and students’ association staff members to more confidently engage with the higher education data landscape in their work.


Resources will be posted here in July 2019.

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Students’ guide to using evidence


QAA Scotland is working with Dr Liz Austen (Senior Lecturer in Research, Evaluation and Student Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University) and Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research and Evaluation, Sheffield Hallam University) to produce an introduction to using evidence for students and students’ association staff members.


This set of resources will help students and students’ association staff members make better use of data and evidence in their work.


Resources will be posted here in July 2019.

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CURATED RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPING PRACTICE USING EVIDENCE AND DATA


We have selected some examples of other resources that students and students association staff might find useful in developing their practice and policy around the use of evidence and data.


  • School of Data | School of Data is a global network committed to advancing data literacy in civil society
  • UK Data Service Data Skills Modules | These introductory level interactive modules are designed for users who want to get to grips with keys aspects of survey, longitudinal and aggregate data
  • Analysing Qualitative Data | A short guide to analysing qualitative data by AdvanceHE, such as focus group transcripts or free-text survey responses, for practitioners working in universities and colleges

  • Seeing Data | Resources to help non-experts develop their ability to make sense of data visualisations
  • Visualising Data | Wide range of resources and links to visualisation tools and information  
  • Data Stories podcast | A podcast on data visualization