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As we approach 20 years of the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework, we are using this milestone to undertake a deep and wide-ranging evaluation of one of its five key elements - the Enhancement Themes.

This significant and ambitious sector-wide activity will help us explore how, and to what extent, the Themes have impacted on the Scottish student experience, and in what ways this work has influenced enhancement approaches globally.

With a deeper understanding of what works well and a focus on developing evaluation capability, we have a great opportunity to make a step change in Scotland’s enhancement approach and support the Scottish sector in addressing future challenges.

Leading the evaluation are Professor Stella Jones-Devitt (Staffordshire University) and Dr Liz Austen (Sheffield Hallam University). Stella and Liz will be working closely with sector colleagues and QAA Scotland on both the evaluation of 20 years of the Enhancement Themes and our 2020-23 Theme, Resilient Learning Communities.

Our vision

Our work in year 1


We have published a short film from our evaluation consultants providing a summary of work to date and next steps.

Evaluation resources

A Guide to Basic Evaluation in Higher Education

Publication Date: 13 May 2021

You may find these three short video clips helpful in explaining some common terminology.

Watch our digital glossary videos




The Staff and Student Guides to Using Evidence in Higher Education are also good sources on evaluation methods.