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Developing and Supporting the Curriculum Enhancement Themes ran for three years from 2011. The Theme aimed to make the learner journey more effective for students and more efficient for staff and institutions. It provided dedicated time for the sector to consider and shape the nature of the Scottish higher education experience. It had a strong focus on quality and was consistent with the Scottish Government’s 2011 Putting learners at the centre: delivering our ambitions for post-16 education report.


Theme overview report

Developing and Supporting the Curriculum overview report

Publication Date: 14 Aug 2014

Topic-focused projects

Three topic-focused projects were complete during this Theme.


Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) and its impact on higher education


A study looking at how the higher education sector prepared for the transition of learners with experience of the CfE.


Curriculum for Excellence: A toolkit for institutions 

Publication Date: 14 May 2014

Curriculum for Excellence: Impact on Higher Education

Publication Date: 16 Oct 2013


The flexible curriculum


We developed a toolkit that programme teams can use to develop a flexible curriculum. The toolkit consists of a set of cards that you can use in workshops to consider approaches, plan and introduce changes. The toolkit used the University of Ulster's Viewpoints method as a basis. 


Flexible Curriculum Toolkit: Viewpoints Handbook

Publication Date: 24 Feb 2014

Flexible Curriculum Toolkit: Viewpoint cards

Publication Date: 24 Feb 2014


Staff: Enhancing teaching


A project that focused on the professional development and support available to staff in teaching roles (academic, academic-related or support staff). A range of activities were carried out including an online survey and interviews with staff from across the Scottish sector. The findings and data gathered throughout the project concluded with a final report.


Staff: Enhancing teaching

Publication Date: 16 Oct 2013

Institutional work

All 19 Scottish institutions completed a range of activities during the Theme. We produce a synthesis reports for each year of the Theme that highlights institutional activity from across the sector.


Institutional engagement: Year two of the DSC Enhancement Theme

Publication Date: 23 Jul 2013

Institutional engagement: Year one of the DSC Enhancement Theme

Publication Date: 14 Aug 2012

Commissioned reports

Curriculum Directions, decisions and debate

Publication Date: 13 Feb 2012

Student perspectives on the changes in higher education

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012

National and international policy developments in higher education

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012

Challenges and changes for staff

Publication Date: 07 Feb 2012