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University of Stirling QAA Enhancement Theme 'Transitions' 2016: Update 2

Welcome to the second update from the University of Stirling Enhancement Theme.

University of Stirling activity

The University of Stirling is continuing to support the current Theme and since the last Update has submitted 8 case studies to the QAA and collated a further 5.  These will be mapped on the QAA ‘Transitions map’ on the Transitions website.

Excellent new examples from across the university were identified at the Learning and Teaching conference and case studies have been requested from the presenters.

The QAA Enhancement Theme conference takes place on 9th June. Staff have reviewed papers from other institutions. Staff and students from this university have also had papers accepted. To ensure a free place at the conference please sign up asap.

The final phase of the current theme 2016/2017 will focus on evaluating and recording the impact of all the work that has been completed during the first two years.  The aim is to make recommendations for practice that can be carried forward once the current theme is finished.

In mid-April an institutional progress report summarising all of the work from the past year, was submitted to the QAA.

Hollie Cameron, VP Education was invited to co present with the Student President of GCU at an event ‘Showcasing student engagement in the Themes’ in April.

Shonagh Maak, Internationalisation Manager and the Student Union submitted a bid to the QAA for the ‘Welcoming International Students Transitions into Scottish Higher Education Project’

The University held its annual Learning and Teaching conference.

The theme was ‘Student Transitions’. Highlights included:

  • Excellent keynote speech delivered by Professor Roni Bamber, Chair of the current Enhancement Theme.
  • Poster exhibit of Student Transitions was a huge success and will be presented at QAA Enhancement Themes conference on 9 June 2016 in Edinburgh.
  • 118 delegates registered for conference (17% more than 2015) including 19 external delegates.
  • High levels of student engagement from the University of Stirling as delegates and presenters. The student panel was very much appreciated.
  • Evidence of excellent work at Stirling in relation to Transitions theme.
  • Case studies from across the university were displayed.

How can you get involved?

  • Submit a case study to demonstrate the good practice in your division or service area.
  • Attend one of the QAA forthcoming events or browse the Transitions resources.
  • Contribute to the special edition of the Journal of Perspectives on Applied Academic Practice which is focussing on the Theme, in Spring 2017.

Key contacts

Contact email QETheme@stir.ac.uk

Ann Russell: Enhancement Theme Project Officer
Tim Whalley: Chair of the Enhancement Theme Institutional Working Group
Ruth Watkins: Member of the Theme Leaders Group
Stef Black: Policy and Research Co-ordinator

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