This paper will provide a theoretical contribution to current debates on quality assurance in higher education. To refine the role of audit and enhancement, it will outline the difference between assurance and enhancement as identified in the literature and as encountered within the Scottish Higher Education sector. The emerging trends that have arisen within the context of successive enhancement themes in Scotland and how enhancement needs to adapt as a response to these trends will be identified and analysed.
The trends include: the relationships between research, education and fostering social cohesion in increasingly inter-cultural arenas; curriculum as a higher education quality dilemma; the changing nature of student representation; and learning analytics.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.