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1 Engaging with Enhancement and the Enhancement Themes at the University of Glasgow
Prof. Frank Coton Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) From outset answer is yes and yes

2 The Framework within which we operate

3 Guiding Principles of the QE Framework

4 The University of Glasgow Quality Framework

5 Glasgow University Senate Committee Structure
Research Policy and Strategy Committee Deans of Graduate Studies Committee Researcher Development Committee Education Policy and Strategy Committee Learning and Teaching Committee Working Groups e.g. Graduate Attributes Academic Standards Committee Quality Officers Forum ASC Sub-committees Student Support and Development Committee Chief Advisors Sub-Committee Research Degrees Taught Degrees General Student Support

6 The Enhancement Focus Focus on Enhancement Focus on Assurance
Education Policy and Strategy Committee Learning and Teaching Committee Working Groups e.g. Graduate Attributes Academic Standards Committee Quality Officers Forum ASC Sub-committees Focus on Enhancement Focus on Assurance

7 The Quality Processes as Mechanisms for Enhancement
Quality Assurance Staff Student Liaison Committees Annual Course Monitoring External Examiner System Periodic Subject Review Quality Enhancement

8 Delivering the Student Experience: Embedding Enhancement in Strategy
University Strategic Plan Learning and Teaching Strategy Internationalisation Strategy IT Strategy Capital Investment Plan College Plans

9 The Dimensions of the Student Experience
The External Environment Extracurricular Activity University Services Degree Programme Subject Area Expectation Prior Experience

10 The Dimensions of the Student Experience
Subject Area Teaching in the class Academic quality and pedagogy Local teaching facilities Local support staff Degree Programme Course Choice Variability between subjects Timetabling and coordination Academic advising University Services Library, Careers, Catering etc Lecture Theatres Virtual Learning Environment Student data systems Extracurricular Activity Unions, Clubs and Societies Student representation Sports Student volunteering, internships & part-time work External Environment The City Government Policy The Economy (Financial and job prospects) Culture

11 The Dimensions of the Student Experience – span of control
Subject Area Degree Programme University Services Extracurricular Activity External Environment Span of Control Student-led

12 We are all in it together – including our students!
Subject Area Degree Programme University Services Extracurricular Activity External Environment Vice-Principal (Learning and Teaching) Senior Management Group Clerk of Senate Secretary of Court Heads of College Student Representative Council Subject Leads Heads of University Services Deans of Learning and Teaching Student Unions Heads of School Student Sport Association Heads of Academic Administration

13 Understanding Enhancement
The External Environment Extracurricular Activity University Services Degree Programme Subject Area QUALITY PROCESSES Service Reviews Periodic Subject Review Annual Course Monitoring Course Feedback Student Staff Liaison Committees OTHER FEEDBACK Horizon Scanning Student Barometer Institutionally owned surveys Postgraduate Taught Survey National Student Survey The Student Voice

14 Strategic Enablers Learning and Teaching Conference
Teaching Awards (Student and Staff-led schemes) Learning and Teaching Development Fund Academic Promotion, Reward and Recognition Learning and Teaching Centre Learning and Teaching Conference External funding and initiatives Student Engagement

15 So where do the Enhancement Themes fit in?
Enhancement is embedded within our core strategy and is supported by established processes The Enhancement Themes do not shape our enhancement activities but rather contribute to and extend existing activity They provide an opportunity for our staff to work with and learn from other institutions They also provide opportunities to identify and take forward sector-wide approaches to issues

16 The Enhancement Themes
NUS Zone Conference 19 November 2011 The Enhancement Themes Planned and directed by SHEEC on which ALL Higher Education institutions are represented SHEEC decides the broad topic for each Theme including the order in which Themes take place Topics of interest to the Scottish higher education sector as a whole They are explored and developed with the aim of enhancing the student learning experience across the sector Funded by the Scottish Funding Council Managed by QAA Scotland Topics of the ETs are chosen by SHEEC SHEEC (this slide or ‘Oversight of the Themes: SHEEC’ slide): Chair: Professor Andrea Nolan, University of Glasgow One member nominated by each institution Usually senior academic with responsibility for L&T, ie usually Vice Principal Learning and Teaching Student membership Observers from: SFC (funders), Universities Scotland, NUS Scotland, HEA, sparqs Christine Macpherson, QAA Scotland

17 A key lesson from the Enhancement Culture
Quality Assurance is relatively straightforward to do in near isolation (external examiners and quality audits aside). This is because the focus tends to be on the refinement of what we are doing now. Quality Enhancement is difficult to do in isolation. It requires an outward-looking approach where considerable value is gained by working with and learning from the experiences of others. The Enhancement Themes provide a focus for cooperation and collaboration

18 A Diverse HE Sector

19 A Diverse HE Sector The significant diversity in our HE sector is actually a real advantage Different institutions often face similar issues in different contexts – cooperation leads to deeper understanding of the limitations of specific approaches and can inspire the evolution of new strategies

20 How the Enhancement Themes Run
NUS Zone Conference 19 November 2011 How the Enhancement Themes Run Institutional Project Teams Sectoral Events Student Network Commissioned Work Steering Committee (including two students) Christine Macpherson, QAA Scotland

21 Case Study: Graduate Attributes at the University of Glasgow
Linking to the Enhancement Themes Assessment and Integrative assessment ( ) Responding to student needs (03-04) Employability (04-06) Flexible delivery (04-06) First year: engagement & empowerment (05-08) Research-teaching linkages: enhancing graduate attributes (06-08) Graduates for the 21st century: integrating the Enhancement Themes (08-11) Developing and supporting the curriculum ( )

22 Case Study: Graduate Attributes
Employability (04-06) Linked well with institutional involvement in SFC funded Learning to Work 1 which kicked off an internal working group looking at employability and PDP within UoG. Carried on until 2008 with the publication of the Employability Strategy Review. Research-teaching linkages: enhancing graduate attributes (06-08) Started a genuine internal debate amongst staff on how Graduate Attributes are developed through research-teaching linkages Graduates for the 21st century: integrating the Enhancement Themes (08-11) Brought the work of the two previous themes together in the development of the University Graduate Attributes Framework.

23 Case Study: Graduate Attributes
GA Working/ Action Group Institutional Senior Management Careers Employability Advisers Academic Staff Educational Developers International Students’ Adviser Students

24 The original working group’s aims
Develop a University-wide approach to Graduate Attributes that enhances student personal development recognises attribute development is continuous and pervasive allows personal/subject specific variations in attribute competence can be embedded in and beneficial to curriculum design and review enhances student engagement with the curriculum encourages reflection by students…..and staff! Use data generated to inform the University Learning and Teaching Strategy and assist in decisions concerning the implementation of this strategy ( ) Frank

25 Institutional research and building consensus
Starting from existing implicit attributes, design and populate a graduate attributes matrix -one-to-one consultations. Student-led, enquiry-based project - qualitative data gathering concerning staff and student perceptions of graduate attributes. Electronic questionnaire focused on senior academic staff & new lecturers Focus group sessions with the Students’ Representative Council An employer consultation process Graduate Attributes and international students (student-led project funded by the Higher Education Academy)

26 Identified order of importance
Attributes from original Learning & Teaching Strategy ( ) Capable of Engaging in Enquiry-led learning Capable of Independent and Critical Thinking Breadth and Depth of Knowledge Base within Discipline Academic abilities Motivated, Confident, Adaptable, Resilient Capable of Self-Evaluation and Reflection Capable of Effective Professional Interaction Personal qualities Entrepreneurial and Career Aware Equipped for Global Citizenship Ethically-Minded Social aware-ness

27 Student-led institutional research
A team of paid students acting as student enquirers over the course of a 9 week project. Undertaking interviews with staff and students as a form of action research: Each student enquirer to interview at least 3 staff and 3 student subjects each Each interview subject interviewed twice to assess attitudinal change over time Student enquirers asked to participate as research subjects themselves Key outputs: staff and student guides to the benefits of developing graduate attributes

28 What did the consultations find?
Strong agreement on which attributes were most important to develop: Top 10 Staff Attributes Top 10 Student attributes Independent & critical thinking Communication & presentation Motivation Confidence Subject knowledge Problem solving Research skills Self-sufficiency / independence Self-reflection Team workers Communication Teamwork Professionalism/interpersonal skills Independent and critical thinking

29 Our Graduate Attributes
Graduate attributes staff guide

30 University of Glasgow’s Graduate Attribute Framework
10 Graduate Attributes: Subject specialists Investigative Independent and critical thinkers Resourceful and responsible Effective communicators Confident Adaptable Experienced collaborators Ethically and socially aware Reflective learners Personal dimension Transferable dimension Academic dimension Vicky Three inter-dependent dimensions

31 …and we did not make this journey alone!
Vicky or Frank?

32 Thank you!

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