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We have expertise in safeguarding academic standards and enhancing the quality of the student experience offered by Scottish higher education institutions wherever and however delivered. We promote excellent, responsive and inspiring learning provided in partnership with students.


New for 2023-24

Tertiary Quality Project

QAA is delighted to have been commissioned by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) to lead key areas of Scotland’s Tertiary Quality Project (TQP). The TQP involves the development and delivery of a common approach to assuring and enhancing quality in Scotland’s tertiary sector from academic year 2024-25.

We are leading on two important project workstreams in collaboration with the SFC, sector agencies, and staff and students from Scotland’s colleges and universities.

Quality arrangements for 2023-24


Our current external review method is Quality Enhancement and Standards Review (QESR), operating until academic year 2024-25.

The Tertiary Enhancement Topic is 'The future of learning and teaching: Defining and delivering an effective and inclusive digital/blended offering'. 

Latest news

Building connection: The role of enhancement in embracing 'relationship-rich education' - event registration now open

Date: April 3 - 2023
The third of the exciting virtual panels from the 20 Years of Enhancement programme, taking place on 4 May (13.00-14.00 BST), is now open for registration.

In June 2018, Professor Peter Felten shared a keynote address at QAA Scotland’s 3rd International Enhancement Conference, ‘Inspiring excellence - transforming the student experience’, in which he challenged colleagues to consider how we can use learning, relationships, expectations, alignment, improvement and leadership to support the enhancement of the student experience.

In this session, sector colleagues will be welcomed to take part in a conversation with Professor Felten as well as Professor Leo M. Lambert and students from Elon University and Abertay University on the role of relationship building to foster and improve student success. Drawing lessons from Professor Felten and Professor Lambert’s most recent book, Relationship-Rich Education: How human connections drive success in college, the conversation will explore themes of resilience, the value of community, and the role of enhancement in supporting student success. 

Session Chair:

  • Professor Clare Peddie, Proctor, University of St Andrews

Confirmed panellists:

  • Professor Peter Felten, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, and Professor of History, Elon University
  • Professor Leo M. Lambert, Professor of Education and President Emeritus, Elon University 
  • Amaya Gaines, Elon University
  • Robyn Thiel, Abertay University

Find out more and secure your place via our event booking site.

More information on the 20 Years of Enhancement programme is available on our dedicated webpage.


Upcoming events

The future of learning and teaching: Planning and delivery of digitally enhanced blended learning

September 20 - 2023


Shaping our Tertiary Quality Arrangements - Session 1

September 21 - 2023


Shaping our Tertiary Quality Arrangements - Session 2: Shaping our next external review method

October 11 - 2023



Quality enhancement through collaboration, trust and empowerment (a celebration of the Scottish approach)

28/09/22 - Sir Paul Grice, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

Past, present and future: Evaluating Enhancement Themes - a journey through space time?

10/08/22 - Clare Parks, Quality Enhancement Specialist, QAA Scotland

Reflecting on my time as Student Lead for the Scottish Enhancement Themes

28/07/22 - Ondrej Kucerak, Vice President for Education, Aberdeen University Students’ Association and Student Theme Leader


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