Welcome to the website of student participation in quality Scotland (sparqs). We are a publicly-funded agency for Scotland's university and college sectors which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience. We hope you find our website informative, but please contact us if we can help in any way.

Student engagement at the heart of self-evaluation

A recent QAA report has highlighted that student engagement has a key role to play in self-evaluation in Scotland’s universities, and that its importance is increasing. The report, which came from the 2012-13 Institutional Approaches to Self-Evaluation (IASE) project, looked at ...

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College Students' Associations Conference – 14th August 2014

It's the final week to register for the College Students' Association Conference: 'Realising Our Potential' on the 14th of August, which will celebrate the achievements of students’ associations over the last two years, and mark the end of the PfC project. It will ...

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Bookings are now open for sparqs Course Rep Training!

We are now taking bookings for 2014/15 Course Rep Training…. for sessions delivered from Autumn 2014 onwards. In addition we are still seeking feedback to help us improve this service, so if we delivered your training last year please give us ...

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Partnerships for Change
Student Engagement Framework

Student Partnership Agreement Success!

In November 2013, sparqs published its Guidance on the development and implementation of a Student Partnership Agreement in universities. Student Partnership Agreements (SPAs) are designed to help institutions map their student engagement activity, promote engagement opportunities to students, and to ...

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SPOTLIGHT ON.... Regionalisation in the Highlands and Islands

sparqs' support to colleges and students’ associations through the regionalisation process has always been customised to local situations and needs. But this has been especially the case in the Highlands and Islands, where the region is halfway through a two ...

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Partnerships for Change Update

National Partnerships for Change Conference On 14th August 2014 we will celebrate the achievements of students’ associations over the last two years, and mark the end of the Partnerships for Change project. It will also offer the opportunity for delegates to ...

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