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Student Experience and Engagement

Our Collaborative Enhancement Projects offer funding opportunities for small groups of our member institutions to work together on projects of shared interest which enhance the quality of their own students' learning experiences and develop outputs to support the wider higher education sector. 


QAA supports a number of projects every year, covering a range of topics and interest areas. On this page you'll find projects related to student experience.


Improving retention and attainment: the promotion of the ‘sticky course’


Lead institution: De Montfort University (Dr Claire Orwin, Professor Alasdair Blair, Professor Susan Orr)

Partner institutions: Glasgow Caledonian University (Professor Alastair Robertson), University of Brighton (Joanna MacDonnell), University of the Arts London (Dr Danielle Tran)

The Audit of Student Representation and Voice Practices Project


Lead institution: University of Nottingham

Partner institutions: Newman University, Newman Students’ Union, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam University Students’ Union, University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, University of Portsmouth, University of Highlands & Islands Students’ Association


Standing out in the crowd: A framework for inclusive and effective student engagement


Lead institution: University of Lincoln

Partner institutions:  Australia (Monash University), Belgium (Ghent University), Canada (Lakehead University), Ghana (University of Cape Coast), India (Sri Sri University), Malaysia (Monash University), South Africa (North-West University), South Africa (University of Cape Town), UK (Queen Mary University of London), UK (University of Greenwich) and USA (Northern Illinois University)


How collaborative partners can enhance student engagement and programme delivery


Lead institution: University of Plymouth

Partner institutions: Brunel University, Edinburgh Napier University, Taylor’s University (Malaysia), University of Central Lancashire Centre for Collaborative Learning


How are staff supported to undertake student-staff partnership opportunities?


Lead institution: University of Sussex

Partner institutions: University of Salford, University of Brighton and University College London


Embedding Mental Wellbeing: Methods and Benefits


Lead institution: De Montfort University

News: DMU to lead new study improving students' mental wellbeing


Belonging Through Assessment: Pipelines of Compassion


Lead institution: University of the Arts London

Partner institutions: Glasgow School of Art and Leeds Arts University


Incorporating experiential learning fully into STEM education: A toolkit for enriching the student experience


Lead institution: University of Warwick

Partner institutions: Aston University, Glasgow Caledonian University and University of Strathclyde

Student engagement in learning


Lead institution: Bangor University

Partner institutions: Grŵp Llandrillo Menai


Student experience and expectations of teaching and learning


Lead institution: Coventry University

Partner institutions: Coventry University London, De Montfort University, Birmingham City University, Liverpool John Moores University, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, University of East London, University of Greenwich and University of Huddersfield


Social Induction Framework 


Lead institution: Falmouth University

Partner institutions: University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow


Other Collaborative Enhancement Projects

You can find out more about all our Collaborative Enhancement Projects - and access resources and outputs - on our website.