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Sector Cluster: Enhancing Programme Leadership


While the volume and breadth of evidence available to support the development of university learning and teaching continues to expand, critical challenges remain around how to interpret data in a meaningful way and translate understanding of context into practical actions for enhancement. 


This is particularly apparent in relation to programme leadership. The programme team – and programme leader – are lynch-pin roles, navigating and responding to a complex data landscape and diverse university, discipline and individual student voices and interests.  


Opening space for a Scottish enhancement-focused collaborative cluster will enable us to:

  • Better understand the diversity of approaches taken to Programme Leadership across our institutions;
  • Share experience and practical resources;
  • Identify areas for further learning and development.

This Collaborative Cluster is led by Martha Caddell (Heriot-Watt University) and Sam Ellis (Glasgow Caledonian University).


Collaborating institutions include Robert Gordon University, University of Abertay, University of Stirling, Scotland’s Rural College, Queen Margaret University, University of the Highlands and Islands, Heriot-Watt University, and University of Strathclyde.


Through Academic year 2018-19 we will be collaborating on:


  • A series of Roundtable discussions on key issues for Evidence for Enhancement and Programme Leadership.
  • A suite of short discussion papers / think pieces on key issues facing Programme Leadership.
  • A Quick Guide on Evidence for Enhancement: The Landscape from Programme Leadership Perspective.  This will draw together good practice input from across Cluster institutions and draw together insights from the roundtables.