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We work with QAA Members in Scotland across a range of activities specific to Scotland, working collaboratively to support a commitment to enhancing and enriching the learning experience of students.    

Enhancement-led Institutional Review  


We provide external quality arrangements that are valued and respected, providing assurance to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) enabling it to meet its statutory duty, as well as to governing bodies, institutional partners, staff, students, graduates and the wider public. Our approach is enhancement-led and responsive to the context of each institution. 

Scotland’s flagship Enhancement Themes 


Working with the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and the Theme Leaders’ Group, we plan and manage national Enhancement Themes. 2020-21 will see the launch of a new Theme - Resilient Learning Communities - with the aims of supporting increased diversity in the student population and increased flexibility in the modes of delivery. This Theme will close with an international conference in 2023 that also celebrates 20 years of the Quality Enhancement Framework in Scotland.  

Focus On: Bringing review and enhancement together 


Our Focus On projects draw on topics emerging as themes from Enhancement-led Institutional Review reports and endorsed as priorities by our members. In 2020-21, we will review our bank of Focus On resources to ensure our future work builds on the accumulated learning. 

Supporting collaborative engagement and sector-wide discussion


As part of membership, QAA Scotland supports SHEEC, the Teaching Quality Forum, and leadership of the Enhancement Theme. We also support and encourage the active participation of students as partners in our work and in quality enhancement in Scotland.  


We contribute to Universities Scotland and SFC committees, and to the development and implementation of relevant government initiatives and priorities, as well as participating in working groups where our expertise is of value.  


We undertake thematic and analytical reporting to help the sector gain insight into what Scotland does well and where there are challenges to address.  

UK-wide membership programme for 2020-21 


In addition to the Scotland specific activities outlined above, QAA Members in Scotland have access to all of QAA's UK-wide membership activities and services. The overarching theme for the UK-wide membership programme for 2020-21 is Resilience, Innovation, Enhancement, helping members to develop organisational resilience through innovative approaches to quality assurance and enhancement.


More detailed information on membership in Scotland and the new 2020-21 QAA Membership year and all it has to offer is provided our Membership in Scotland Brochure. Our Membership Calendar offers a month-by-month guide to the many membership activities planned, across our key areas of interest. This document is updated regularly to include links to upcoming events and published resources.



You can find out more about each area of membership on our website.


Below is our membership agreement for Scotland and the terms and conditions of our membership offer. 


QAA Membership Terms and Conditions for Higher Education Providers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Publication Date: 30 Jul 2020

Contact us

For further information about QAA Membership please give the Membership Team a call on 01452 557030 or email us using our enquiry form.