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Resilient Learning Communities is our sector-wide Enhancement Theme which will run from 2020 to 2023. This Theme will focus on meeting the changing needs and values of an increasingly diverse student community, and a rapidly changing external environment.


Find out more about what’s involved with the Theme in our information flyer.



We are also engaged in a managed transition from the 2017-20 Enhancement Theme, Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience. The outcomes from this Theme - including a substantial evaluation of its impact - are being finalised. Key tools and resources developed during the Theme will support our work on Resilient Learning Communities.

Help us to shape the new Enhancement Theme!

We are seeking ideas from across the sector about potential collaborative clusters and whole sector projects relating to our new Enhancement Theme, Resilient Learning Communities. These may be generic or discipline-specific. To help us capture ideas, we have set up a Mural - a simple collaborative whiteboard where you can leave sticky notes and comments. This activity will be open until Friday 23 October.


You may have used this app before. If not, it offers tips to help you get started. If you need more support, we recommend watching this very short tutorial video. The app works best in Chrome or Firefox. 


Three steps to using the Mural

  1. Right-click anywhere to create a new sticky note or comment.
  2. Read the suggestions that have been made so far. If you have an idea that is not already on the Mural, add a new sticky note. You can drag sticky notes around - try to group similar ideas together.
  3. If you think your institution or students' association would like to be involved with one of the suggested clusters, right-click on the relevant sticky note to leave a comment, including the name of your institution and ideally a contact name. It would be particularly valuable to know if your institution or students' association might be interested in leading any clusters.

Resilient Learning Communities: Opportunities for Collaboration by Enhancement Themes

You will be able to edit this mural.

If you are unable to use this tool for whatever reason, please email your ideas to We want to hear your voice, whether your main role is as a learner, an educator, educational development, student representation, student support, senior management, or anything else. Please do share this invitation with anyone who you think might like to contribute.  

Call to action on collaborative and sector activity

We are delighted to let you know that an early call for expressions of interest for collaborative clusters is live!


These are projects where groups of institutions agree to work collectively on matters of mutual interest within the broad scope of the Theme, which have the potential to add value to the whole sector once complete.


Supporting collaborative clusters has been a good way of ensuring the Enhancement Theme activity helps staff and students with their priority topics. Eight highly engaging clusters ran as part of Evidence for Enhancement.

To support the cluster activity, and to seek ideas for potential whole sector projects, we have set up a Mural - a simple collaborative whiteboard where you can leave sticky notes and comments. Please do engage with the Mural and encourage your colleagues to populate the whiteboard – we want to reach out and involve a wide range of staff and students across the sector.

Expressions of interest: Resilient Learning Communities (Collaborative cluster 20-21 call details)

Publication Date: 03 Sep 2020