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safeguarding standards and improving the quality of UK higher education

Scotland

​​​​QAA has a separate Scottish office, known as QAA Scotland, to develop and operate quality assurance and enhancement arrangements that reflect the needs of higher education in Scotland. The QAA Scotland Committee has overall responsibility for our work.​​

This committee includes the following Board members, whose register of interests are listed on the Board page​; Professor Philip Winn (Chair), Chris Banks, Chris Jelley and Professor Petra Wend. The remaining committee members' interests are listed below.

Ms Jean Blair

Present position: ​SQA (Director of Operations)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): UHI: Chair of SQA/College Quality Focus Group​

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: College Quality Working Group (member), SCQF Quality Committee (member), Scottish Police College Quality (external observer)

 

Connections with other bodies: Prince's Trust (panel member)

Fergus Boden

Present position: Queen Margaret University Students' Union (President)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: None

 

Connections with other bodies: None

Professor Grant Jarvie

Present position: University of Edinburgh Senior Management (Chair of Sport), Strategy and External Relations (Advisor)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): University of Toronto Senior Management Team 2012-13, University of Warsaw (Honorary Professor), National Taiwan University (Honorary Doctorate), Curriculum for Excellence Management Board

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: General Teaching Council for Scotland (member), David Hume Institute

 

Connections with other bodies: Sportscotland National Sports Agency (Board member), UNESCO (Advisor), Sportscotland Trust Company (Director and Chair), Commonwealth Ministers Advisory Board (various), Taylor Foundation, Prince Albert Foundation, IONA Community

Dr Helka Kekalainen

Present position: Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) (Secretary-General)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: None

 

Connections with other bodies: ENQA (European Association for QA in Higher Education) (Vice-President)

Ms Eve Lewis

Present position: sparqs (student participation in quality Scotland) (Head)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: None​

 

Connections with other bodies: None

Dr James More

Present position: Balwearie High School, Fife (Rector)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: School Leaders Scotland Council (member)

 

Connections with other bodies: None

Professor Andrea Nolan

Present position: Edinburgh Napier University​ (Principal and Vice-​Chancellor) 

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (member), European College of Veterinary Anaesthesia (Diplomate), European College of Veterinary Pharmacology & Toxicology (Diplomate), British Veterinary Association (member), Veterinary Teachers & Research Workers (Life member), Royal Society of Edinburgh (Fellow), Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA) (Board member)

 

Connections with other bodies: Universities Federation Animal Welfare / Humane Slaughter Association charities (Trusteeships), UK International and Europe Unit Board (member), Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) (Board member), the Moredun Foundation (Board member), HEFCE Higher Education Public Information Steering Group (member), UK HE International Unit, International Strategic Advisory Board (member)

Professor RoseMarie Parr

Present position: NHS Education for Scotland (Director of Pharmacy)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): Strathcylde University School of Pharmacy and Robert Gordon University School of Pharmacy (Honorary Professorships)

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: Scottish Pharmacy Board of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB) (past Chair), RPSGB ​(Designated Fellow and Faculty Fellow), Scottish Medicines Committee (SMC) (member)

 

Connections with other bodies: ​None​

Professor Alistair Sambell

Present position: Edinburgh Napier University (Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor)

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): None

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: Institution of Engineering and Technology (Fellow), IET Academic Accreditation Committee (member), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (member), Chartered Engineer (CEng), Higher Education Academy (Fellow)

 

Connections with other bodies: QAA Engineering benchmarking review group (member)

Mr Rob Wallen

Present position: North East Scotland College (Principal and Chief Executive)​

Current connections with HE institutions (other than employment): North East Scotland College is an Associate College of Robert Gordon University

Connections with other professional and subject-based bodies: SQA Qualifications Committee (member)

 

Connections with other bodies: Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of ​Commerce (Board member), Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future (Board member)

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Review and develo​pment servic​es

Our work covers a broad range of review and development services aimed at supporting the assurance and enhancement of higher education in Scotland. You can learn more about our Enhancement-led institutional review method (ELIR) and ​our development and enhanceme​nt services in other areas of the website.
 
Much of our work is part of the quality enhancement framework and we support and make use of the UK-wide Academic Infrastructure while developing it specifically for the Scottish sector.​

Working in partnership​

A strong feature of our work is 'partnership'. We work closely with staff and students throughout the higher education sector, along with the following organisations (all links open in new windows):

 
Engaging with students is integral to what we do. Every ELI​R team includes a full student member and students are represented on all our working groups and committees. We work closely with NUS Scotland and are one of the partners in student participation in quality scotland (sparqs).
 
We also aim to ensure that our work is informed by international perspectives and contributions, including developments in the Bologna Process and the creation of the European Higher Education Area.
 

For information about our development and enhancement work, please contact the QAA Scotland office on 0141 572 3420. 

 
Directions to the QAA Scotland office, along with full contact details can be found on the mai​n con​tact page. ​
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