Call for Special Issue on our Tertiary landscape


The University and college sectors in Scotland are currently undergoing changes on an arguably unprecedented scale. The magnitude of these changes is causing ripples of uncertainty but also opportunity as the country moves towards a ‘tertiary’ landscape. In this special issue,  JPAAP, a journal founded in Scotland, and which seeks to embody an open and egalitarian spirit, is keen to bring together the diverse perspectives and experiences from across the Scottish university and college sectors in an attempt to define what ‘tertiary’ looks like and also what possibilities are opening up through this new approach. While ‘tertiary’ is a term that is at once familiar and longstanding for many working in the sectors, the new tertiary quality project structured around six principles calls for a deeper exploration of the national context as well as implications for the future.

It is envisaged that the collective writings that will form this special issue will enable us to sketch out both a narrative exploring the purpose and potential of tertiary education on the six pillars of the tertiary project aligned to the following, though not exhaustive, list of topics:

  • Current institutional case studies from the tertiary sector
  • Sector-wide perspectives
  • Views from elsewhere
  • Emerging curricula
  • Decolonial practices
  • Students as partners in the process
  • Leadership

Although we will be focusing on the Scottish landscape, we particularly welcome perspectives and experiences from national and international perspectives to create our collective story.

Timescale for publication:

Submission of 300 word proposals: 23rd October 2023

Notification to authors: 17th November 2023

Full papers due:  end of February 2024

Publication of Special Issue: May 2024


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