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ELESIG Scotland: e-Learner Experiences

Elesig logoThursday 21st April,  Dalhousie Building Room 2F13

10am – 3.30pm

We are delighted that ELESIG is meeting in the University of Dundee and would encourage you to attend what looks to be a fascinating day. This event, hosted by Lynn Boyle and Shona Roberston (ESW), will focus on research of learner experiences of technology-enhanced learning including online learning. Speakers include Derek Robertson, Lynn Boyle and Shona Roberston (University of Dundee) and Margaret Adamson (University of St Andrews). Topics include Digital Developments at Dundee, Student ePortfolios and Student Experience of Hackathons.

View the programme ELESIG Scotland Spring 2016 meeting programme

Open to  anyone with an  interest in this area. You have to be a member of ELESIG to attend, but it takes a few minutes to join, and is free. Book your place here

University of Glasgow Learning & Teaching Conference 2016

University of Glasgow

Active student participation in learning, teaching and assessment

The 9th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching conference will take place on Tuesday 12th April 2016.

The higher education sector is witnessing rising interest in students and staff becoming partners in, and co-creators of,  learning, teaching and assessment. This Conference will focus on how active student participation can enhance learning and teaching experiences for students and staff.

External Delegate rate is £95

Registration:The programme, together with abstracts and the web booking form can be found at:


Learning in the Modern Workplace Blog

Example of Jane Hart's blog
Example of Jane Hart’s blog

This blog is written by Jane Hart, the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies (C4LPT), one of the world’s most visited learning sites on the Web. It has been rated top of the 50 most socially shared Learning & Development blogs, so is definitely worth following. Jane also compiles the annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list, which is essential reading for all teachers.

HEA Scotland Symposium: Defining excellence in Scotland

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The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh
11:00 – 16:30 Thursday 24 March 2016

HEA  Scotland invites staff from higher education institutions in Scotland to a one-day interactive symposium on defining excellence in Scotland.
Attendance is free for University of Dundee staff and students and will be of interest to those with responsibility for learning and teaching excellence including strategic leads, heads of department, lecturers and equality and diversity advisers.

UK Advising and Tutoring Conference

UK Advising and Tutoring

Exploration of Student Advising, Support and Guidance in the context of Student Success, Attainment and Retention

Date: Thursday 17th – Friday 18th March 2016

Venue:  Southampton Solent Conference Centre

This conference aims to explore the current trends and methods of student advice, support and guidance, consider the broader context of student success, attainment and retention, and promote the sharing of experiences and innovative practice. Read more
Registration now open:

Facilitating students and graduates in presenting themselves for the 21st Century

Abertay event 23rd March 2016

The University of Abertay, Wednesday 23 March 2016, 9.45-3.30pm

This seminar will be useful for any of our staff who have an interest in supporting students and graduates in presenting themselves effectively in a digital world.

The day will feature stimulus contributions and extended opportunities for developmental discussions on how we might support students in navigating the ‘digital frontier’ from start to finish.

Programme and booking forms available at:

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

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.