21 November 2022 | EQAF Paper

Student Partnership at the Heart – Quality Assurance and Enhancement in Scotland

Eve Lewis (sparqs - student partnerships in quality Scotland), Debra Macfarlane (Quality Assurance Agency Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council), Clare Peddie (University of St. Andrews)

Since 2003, the Scottish Quality Enhancement Framework (QEF) has focussed on enhancement, collaboration and partnership in managing quality. 20 years on, a new tertiary approach to quality will bring together arrangements for universities and colleges (which provide 20% of higher education provision in Scotland) providing an opportunity for quality to support seamless learner journeys, access to higher education and to enable a student-centred approach to enhancing the student learning experience.


The Scottish Funding Council has asked sparqs to lead on work with students alongside the quality agencies and institutions to identify key elements of an effective student learning experience and support the sector to further build partnership into the structures and processes of the quality arrangements at institutional and national levels.

Intended outcomes of the project include a shared sector reference point for evaluating the effectiveness of the student learning experience and approaches to student partnership in quality arrangements.

This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

ISSN: 1375-3797

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