Launch of the Evidence for Enhancement: improving the student experience Theme

The Evidence for Enhancement Theme launched on 5 October 2017. Staff and students from 19 universities attended the event to discuss what the three-year long Theme should cover, as well as considering what success would look like in 2020 at the end of the Theme.


  1. Professor Karl Leydecker, Theme Leader introduced the Theme and its vision. He explained that the three strands of the Theme would comprise: optimising the use of existing evidence; student engagement; and student demographics, retention and attainment.
  2. Delegates were informed that the next QAA Scotland Focus On project would explore Feedback to complement the Theme.
  3. Institutions were given the opportunity to decide what their priority areas were and if they were interested in collaborating.
  4. There was lots of thought-provoking discussion around what data is, how to capture it and how to use it to influence practice and improve the student experience...
  5. In the afternoon, VP Education Matt Adie discussed the importance of analyzing student survey qualitative as well as quantitative data and the usefulness of Student-led Teaching Awards data.