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Our Focus On projects aim to help higher education institutions and students’ associations with work in their key priority areas. The topics we choose come out of the recommendations and commendations from Enhancement-led Institutional Reviews (ELIR). Focus On ties these outcomes to developmental activities, resources and events that the whole sector can get involved in.

Focus On projects last one academic year (from October to June). We try to focus on the most practical things we can do, that are timely and helpful, and can help colleagues make a real difference in a short space of time.

Each year, we invite all Scottish higher education institutions and students’ associations to tell us how we can give them the best support around each topic. This guarantees what we do will be useful and relevant.


Exploring methodologies and approaches to professional services review and looking at facilitating and communicating professional services partnerships.

Technology Enhanced Learning 2019-20

Exploring the different ways institutions approach Technology Enhanced Learning with emphasis on the connections between strategy and practice.

Graduate Skills 2018-19

Considered the skills students develop in higher education, including digital skills, to ensure they are ready to contribute in a global society.

Feedback from Assessment 2017-18

Explored what students value in the feedback they receive, and looked at recent developments in providing feedback on assessment including the use of technology.

Postgraduate Research (PGR) Student Experience 2016-17

Considered support for PGRS who teach, support for supervisors, building a research community, and student representation.

Institution-led Review (ILR) 2016-17

Considered student engagement, alignment with annual monitoring and PSRB requirements, use of data, and postgraduate provision.

Collaborative Activity 2015-16

Considered how to build learning communities at a distance, manage quality and risk, and share examples of practice.

Assessment and Feedback 2014-15

Considered the use of technology, consistency of policy and practice, and working in partnership with students' associations.