21 November 2022 | EQAF Paper

“Same storm, different boats” – A Student-Led Approach to Exploring Equity of the Student Learning Experience in Scotland

Megan Brown (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland - sparqs)

Scotland’s Enhancement Themes Student-Led Project (SLP), a national initiative comprised of student representatives from across the country, selected the topic of ‘Promoting Equity of the Student Learning Experience’ for its 2021-22 focus.


The paper will consider the key learning points gained during our exploration of the concept of equity, identifying ongoing areas of challenge and sharing examples of positive practice. In particular, the paper considers the concept of equity in relation to student representatives, considering whether our rep systems are themselves accessible and inclusive for all students, and how our reps can be equipped to effectively represent increasingly diverse student cohorts.

The paper will also highlight the benefits of an approach to quality enhancement activity which recognises that, as those with direct lived experiences of the challenges of inequitable learning and teaching, students are those best placed to identify what they need to thrive in education.

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

ISSN: 1375-3797

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