We work with students and staff from across the Scottish higher education sector to deliver student-led projects as part of each Enhancement Theme. During the current Resilient Learning Communities Theme, QAA Scotland are working in partnership with sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland) to support this activity under the umbrella of Higher Education: More than a Degree.
Drawing on the expertise of a student-led Steering Group, strands of work will be identified each year which reflect key priorities for students and support the delivery of the Enhancement Theme. Each project will develop policy, practice, resources and networks around common issues and areas of interest.
The page includes links to each student-led project within the current theme.
The steering group for the student-led project is comprised of students’ association officers and staff members with student engagement roles from across Scotland.
Heather Innes, Regional President, Highlands and Islands Students’ Association – Enhancement Themes Student Lead
Heather Innes is the current President at the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association and this is her first term in the role of Enhancement Themes Student Lead and SHEEC member after sitting on the Student Led Project Steering Group in the previous academic year. She has 7 years’ experience in the student movement, having been involved with HISA, NUS Scotland and a number of other organisations. During this time, Heather has worked with and represented students right across the tertiary spectrum, from access courses through to PhD. Heather is passionate about continuing the develop the tertiary education sector. In particular, Heather is a champion for accessible learning, and the rights of people to learn in whatever method is most accessible to them.
Hitanshi Badani, University of St Andrews – Enhancement Themes Deputy Student Lead
Hitanshi Badani is a third-year undergraduate student at the University of St Andrews and in her first term as the Enhancement Themes Deputy Student Lead and SHEEC member. Hitanshi has been interning with the St Andrews Enhancement Themes since 2021 where she has assisted with a longitudinal study assessing student reception of online, hybrid, and in-person learning environments. She has also been involved with student representation as a member of the University of St Andrews Rector’s Committee where she worked towards making student activism further accessible. She is particularly interested in decolonisation and inclusivity – not just in educational curriculums, but also in methodologies of gathering, assessing, and implementing feedback.
Akua Serwaa Agyeman
Akua Serwaa Agyeman, Vice President for Education, Aberdeen University Students’ Association
Oluwafunmilola Akinoso, President (Education & Welfare), Robert Gordon University Students’ Union
Hannah Carragher, President of Curriculum and Engagement, New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association
Micaela Levesque, Vice President Education, Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council
- Megan Brown, Development Consultant, sparqs
- Demelza Curnow, Quality Enhancement Manager, QAA Scotland
Exploring Community Partnerships for the Future of Further and Higher Education
Our student-led project for 2022-23 will explore partnership working between further and higher education institutions and their local communities: what do successful community partnerships look like and how can everyone benefit from the relationship?
Promoting the Equity of the Student Learning Experience
Our student-led project in session 2021–22 explored equity and inclusiveness in an increasingly diverse student population and how we can ensure that all students get the support they need to succeed in their studies.
Digital Student Communities
Our student-led project in session 2020-21 explored issues and themes relevant to how higher education institutions and students’ associations/unions have recreated student communities in an online environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.