In January 2015 the Scottish Funding Council invited responses to a consultation on the review of the Quality Enhancement Framework. The Universities Quality Working Group which oversees the quality arrangements, recently met to review the responses of the sector and discuss the future of the Framework.
The responses conveyed strong support for the Framework and ethos of enhancement which, it is felt, has been of great benefit to the sector. sparqs was also delighted by the strong commitment shown across the sector to the role of student engagement with submissions showing support for the contributions students have made over the years and an appetite to further develop work in this area
A majority of institutions would like to see the ELIR (Enhancement-led Institutional Review) cycle extended from its current four years. There is agreement that this would be a significant change which would need further thought and consultation with the sector.
Another key area for discussion will be the role of Public Information and how it fits into the Framework.
As discussions around the review of the Framework continue sparqs will work with NUS Scotland, QAA Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council to make sure students are able to participate and shape future developments.
You can read sparqs’ response to the consultation.
For more information about this work, please contact Hannah Clarke, Development Advisor - firstname.lastname@example.org