The Enhancement Themes are selected by the Scottish higher education sector and they provide a means for institutions, academic staff, support staff and students to work together in enhancing the learning experience.

Each Theme facilitates both sharing and learning from current and innovative national and international practice. In addition, the Themes promote the collective development of new ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching.

Support for the Enhancement Themes is provided by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, Scotland (QAA).

The University has been engaging actively with the Enhancement Themes since their introduction in 2003. Work which has taken place has included collaborations with the Careers and Employability Service and AUSA, instigation of annual symposia, and funding for individual projects supporting the integration of Enhancement Themes into teaching programmes at the University.

The Scottish higher education Enhancement Themes are a national programme of activities, overseen by the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and supported by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). They are aimed at enhancing the student learning experience through identifying common areas for development in higher education institutions across Scotland, and providing a forum to share ideas about these.

They encourage academic and support staff, and students collectively to share current good practice and to generate ideas and models for innovation in learning and teaching.

The work of the Enhancement Themes is planned and directed by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee.

The QAA Enhancement Themes website provides support for work on the themes and publishes information about related events.

What does this mean at the University of Aberdeen?

The University has been engaging actively with the Enhancement Themes since their introduction in 2003. Work which has taken place has included collaborations with the Careers and Employability Service and AUSA, instigation of annual symposia, and funding for individual projects supporting the integration of Enhancement Themes into teaching programmes at the University.