In Scotland, Advance HE continues to work closely with Scottish Universities and Colleges and the Scottish Funding Council, and works alongside Universities Scotland, QAA Scotland, and sparqs.
Advance HE Scotland Team
We have a dedicated Edinburgh office with a team of eight who's profiles you will find below. We also have Scottish and UK based Associates with expertise in leadership, governance, equality and diversity, teaching and learning who have a good understanding of the Scottish context in these disciplines.
Advance HE Membership in Scotland
In 2019-20, we were proud that 18 of the 19 Scottish HE institutions, two Colleges and one Professional Body chose to be members of Advance HE.
In 2020-21, Scottish member institutions will have access to the wide range of Advance HE UK member benefits detailed on our Membership webpage. These include COVID-19 themed resources (webinars, blogs and reports) and member benefit projects such as Creating Socially Distanced Campuses and Education.
Access for all Scottish colleges and universities to Advance HE’s equality and diversity work is supported by the Scottish Funding Council.
Scotland member benefits 2020-21
In addition to access to the range of UK Member Benefits, Scottish member institutions also have access to a suite of Scotland-specific member benefits which will include:
- Nation’s Strategic Organisational Response initiative (full members)
- Scottish Organisational Development event (all members)
- Scottish ‘Getting to Grips with Principal Fellowship’ workshop (all members)
- Scottish networks facilitated by Advance HE (all members) including Scottish Principal Fellows network and Scottish NTFS/CATE winners network
Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations
An Advance HE Project funded by SFC and led by an expert group of EDI practitioners, academics, tertiary education staff and students.
In Scotland, we recognise that the issues raised are not contained to university campuses but reflect the experience of the black and minority ethnic population in Scotland. Accordingly, we recognise that the experience that staff and students report in our universities is likely to be experienced in our colleges. For this reason, this project will provide resources for use in both colleges and universities. The aim is that a student or staff member moving between sectors or moving from one institution to another will understand the expectation placed on them with regard to acceptable behaviours and that they will have the confidence that there is a zero-tolerance approach to racial harassment on campus.
Anti-Racist Curriculum Project
The Anti-Racist Curriculum Project is a new collaborative research project funded by SFC and in collaboration with QAA Scotland that aims to understand and support the development of an anti-racist curriculum for universities and colleges in Scotland.
The Anti-Racist Curriculum Project presents an exciting opportunity to further capitalise on the current sector wide commitment to tackle racism in the Scottish HE and FE sector. This will build on the excellent work of the SFC funded ‘Tackling Racism on Campus’ project and involves a strategic collaboration between Advance HE and the next Enhancement Themes programme of activity (managed on behalf of the sector by QAA Scotland).
Scotland thematic series
The Advance HE (AHE) Scotland Thematic Series focuses on specific learning and teaching themes. It brings together existing select AHE and non-AHE resources and sources new case studies of practice. It aims to guide practitioners to relevant material and experiences to support them in developing their own teaching practice. The thematic series so far can be found below:
The Intercultural Curriculum
Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL)
Strategic Equality Impact Assessment
Practical guidance for Scottish colleges and universities on a taking a strategic approach
Demonstrating equality is at the heart of your strategy and practice. This guidance links to a Scottish project on conducting EIA at a strategic level and provides a number of tools and resources to support the process.
Equality impact assessment (EIA) is a tool to help colleges and universities assess decisions, policies and practices for staff and students, actively promote equality and avoid inadvertent discrimination for any protected group.
This guidance, funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), was developed by Advance HE in collaboration with several Scottish college and university partners.
Equality in colleges in Scotland: statistical reports
This report provides an evidence base to help Scottish colleges identify and tackle equality challenges. It also enables the sector to further develop and assess progress against appropriate equality outcomes and embed equality in regional outcome agreements with the Scottish Funding Council.
This report presents an equality-focused analysis of further education statistics collated by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC). Data and analysis are provided on student age, disability, ethnicity and gender, the intersections of these identities, as well as the optional protected characteristics of religion and belief, and sexual orientation. The report also considers students’ socioeconomic class, based on the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD).
Scottish Colleges Governance Effectiveness Reviews
All Scottish colleges are required to conduct an externally-facilitated effectiveness review of their governance as required by the Code of Good Governance for Scotland’s colleges.
Advance HE has developed a specific approach for Scottish colleges to fulfil their requirements.
Drawing on our network of experts, we provide an external perspective through our Framework for Identifying and Supporting Governing Body Effectiveness Reviews in HE.
A Response to the EHRC Racial Harassment in Universities and Colleges Report
An SFC-funded, Advance HE led project steered by an expert group of EDI practitioners, academics, tertiary education staff and students. The group is tasked with providing leadership and visibility on the topic of racism in universities and colleges.