MMM Project information event 28 January

All staff are welcome to attend an information event about the University’s involvement in the MMM project on Thursday 28 January, 12.30-2pm in the Eduzone, ground floor, Main Library. Ms Wendy Rudland, Careers Service, Aberdeen University, will be giving a a brief presentation on her University’s experience of the project so far.

No need to book – just come along.

If you require further information on the project please contact:

Making the Most of Masters Legacy Project

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The University is a project partner in the Scottish Funding Council’s Learning to Work 2: Making the Most of Masters (MMM) Legacy Project with CASTLE taking forward this work across the institution. The University joined the project in the Summer of 2015, to reflect one aspect of the University’s Enabling Strategy on Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, in terms of the need to ensure:

‘Where necessary, the development of more effective liaison between the University and prospective employers and employment sectors, to ensure that the University’s teaching provision is attuned to employers’ existing and likely future needs from their graduate workforce.’

MMM is a Times Higher Education award-winning project that has supported work-based learning and work-based projects for over three years at the original partner institutions of the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Stirling. The MMM model is based on, ‘the use of external Work Based Projects as an alternative to the traditional academic Masters dissertation’.  Information on the project including a comprehensive MMM resource pack developed by the original partner institutions, is available from:

At this stage of the project two actions are required:

1. to collate information on Masters programmes in the University which may already implement this approach

2. to begin discussions with Schools as to whether any taught Masters programmes currently being delivered would be appropriate for this project and/or whether any programmes that are planned or under development might be appropriate for this project

Support for the development of the MMM project is available from CASTLE and Careers. If you require further information on the project contact

Changes at the HEA – but not in Scotland

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You may have seen the recent articles in the media about the changes to the funding model for the HEA and subsequent changes to institutional membership and individual Fellowship.

These changes are currently only taking place in England and Wales and the existing model will remain the same in Scotland for the next year.

CASTLE will keep you informed of further developments.

QAA Annual Report 2014-15


QAA Scotland has published its Annual Report for 2014-15, providing information on its work from last year, which includes:

  • Enhancement-led Institutional Reviews (ELIR)
  • Focus On project: Assessment and Feedback
  • Enhancement Themes
  • International Enhancement Themes Conference
  • Descriptors of Enhancement
  • Recognition of Prior Learning

This report is useful for those not familiar with the organisation in that it also describes the Quality Enhancement Framework and the partnership approach, the role of QAA Scotland in the Scottish Higher Education sector, and how its work in Scotland relates to QAA’s UK-wide work.

Creative Academic Magazine

Creative Academic magazine

Issue #3 Exploring Creativity through #creativeHE

Norman Jackson, commissioning editor, summarises this issue:

‘The third issue of our magazine describes the ‘Creativity for Learning in Higher Education open learning course’, designed and led by Chrissi Nerantzi one of our Founders. It paints a vivid picture of the ways in which participants engaged in the course and the open discussions and relationships that emerged naturally through interaction . It provides some interesting insights into creativity and the process of learning in an online environment gained by different participants as they try to make sense of their experience and draw deeper meanings from it. ‘

There are some really thought-provoking ideas in this – definitely worth a look.

The magazine is free to download at