Academic Services

Learning and teaching

Innovation in learning and teaching, and managing and supporting teaching.

Teaching Sabbaticals and UG Studies committee

Education introduced Teaching Sabbaticals to enhance teaching practice as part of its unambiguous priority to teaching.

The School’s Undergraduate Studies Committee is set up to provide an opportunity for Programme Directors to share practice, discuss enhancement issues and create a structure for continual improvement. Outcomes feed into student workshops which allow Programme Directors to have ongoing dialogue and engagement with students about assessment and feedback. (Commended by Internal Review)

Contact:  School Director of Quality, Moray House School of Education and Sport

Exemplar clinics

Medicine implemented exemplar clinics, which offer students a chance to get a more equitable clinical experience. Cardiology and Neurology are successful examples of this approach and module feedback had been markedly improved following its introduction. (Commended by Internal Review)

Contact: School Director of Quality, Edinburgh Medical School

Virtual Learning Environment

Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences takes a team approach to developing module materials and module zones on the Virtual Learning Environment. Programme Directors worked closely with the learning technologists and other members of the teaching staff in developing VLEs. (Commended by Internal Review)

Contact: School Director of Quality, Deanery of Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences


Having the Principal’s Career Development Scholar and other dedicated staff in the lab has allowed Chemistry to develop good practice. This includes individual lab inductions, clear guidance on the marking scheme, peer oversight for marking and experiments (including model answers and feedback examples), and discussion forums. The lab provides enhanced feedback, marking and peer support practises in laboratory-based teaching and demonstrating. (Commended by Internal Review)

Contact: School Director of Quality, School of Chemistry

Video resources

The Vet School uses additional video resources for practical tasks.  Students can easily access videos on mobile devices through use of QR code.

Contact: School Director of Quality, School of Chemistry

Dissertation projects with public sector

An Education programme carried out dissertation projects with national public sector stakeholders. This developed and maintained strong partnership working, generated applied performance enhancement interventions and positively impacted on service delivery.

Contact: School Director of Quality, Moray House School of Education and Sport

Cub reporters

In the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences, students write a “BBC-style” article based on a recent paper followed by a student-led interview with the senior author of the paper.

Contact: School Director of Quality, Deanery of Biomedical Sciences


Teaching Matters

Resources to support learning and teaching activity

QAA Scotland

As part of this year’s Focus On project, QAA Scotland has launched an exciting new resource hub full of practice and tips on using technology in learning and teaching. This includes resources from across the sector and around the world.

QAA Scotland Focus On Technology Enhanced Learning

Highlighted in Annual Quality Reports

For more information contact the School Director of Quality or Service Director.

  • Increased inter and cross-disciplinarity links (Divinity)
  • Commissioned dissertations (Economics)
  • Programmes developing international links (Clinical Sciences)
  • Three non-academic training streams, delivered with Heriott-Watt, for postgraduate students (Maths)
  • Dissertation milestones to help students with planning (GeoSciences)
  • Diversification of assessment activities, including frequent low-stakes assessment (Law)
  • Migration of online distance learning courses to new platform offers flexible opportunities to redesign assessment (Law)
  • Development of grade descriptors (History Classics and Archaeology)
  • Development of CPD/PPD courses (Clinical Sciences)

Management of Teaching

  • Poorly-received courses discussed by subject area and teaching committees (Social and Political Science)
  • 63% academic staff engaged in Edinburgh Teaching Award (Vets)
  • Annual Learning and Teaching Forum (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Introduction of semi-automated system for allocating Honours dissertation supervision (Physics)
  • Skills Matrices and Ethics, Responsibility and Sustainability Matrices (Business School)
  • Teaching Forum for sharing good practice in learning and teaching (Literatures, Languages and Cultures)
  • Innovative approaches to marketing and recruitment (for example, online chat rooms, live chat with a Chinese-speaking interpreter (Education)
  • Introduction of Programme Directors and Administrators Network (Health in Social Science)
  • Peer support of Personal Tutors (Engineering)
  • Guidance and support pack for external tutors (Clinical Sciences)
  • Support for dissertation supervisors (Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences)
  • Formal teaching committee established to enhance teaching and engagement (History Classics and Archaeology)
  • Cross-over marking and examiner training (Clinical Sciences)

Supporting teaching innovation

  • Good progress on lecture recording, resources for learning, resource lists and Makerspace (Information Services Group)
  • Key contributor to implementing the University Learning and Teaching Strategy (Institute for Academic Development)