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.

Closing date for applications: Monday 28th April, 9am!

Will you be a student during 2014-15? Do you have experience as a course rep? Would you like to earn some income?  ....apply to be a sparqs Associate Trainer! We are still recruiting for our team of students to deliver training to ...

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The Four Hats of student board members

As recently announced, sparqs (through Partnerships for Change) is contributing a series of articles about student engagement to the College Development Network’s “Governing in a Regional Structure” newsletter.

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sparqs launches ELIR Cycle 3 Guidance

We are pleased to launch our ELIR Cycle 3 Guidance!  This guidance has been written in collaboration with QAA Scotland, for students’ association staff and officers, as well as members of university staff that support student engagement in the universities’ quality ...

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Partnerships for Change
Student Engagement Framework

College Students’ Association: Charitable Status and Trustee Boards

1 May 2014

Charitable status, and the establishment of trustee boards, offers a number of opportunities to students’ associations, ...

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Launch of ELIR Cycle 3 Guidance

In the past month, sparqs has published its ELIR Cycle 3 Guidance. This guidance goes through each year of ELIR and each activity that could happen, making students’ associations aware of the big picture of ELIR rather than only focusing ...

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Upcoming Partnerships for Change Events and Projects

There are lots of PfC opportunities coming up, including….. a Student Board Members Development webinar; a Trustee Board and Charitable Status meeting; the newly established SA Staff Peer Development Network; a National PfC Conference; plus two projects focused on resources – ...

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sparqs Course Rep Training update

Over the year so far sparqs Associate Trainers have delivered nearly 100 sessions of Introductory Course Rep Training to 19 institutions, training almost 1000 course reps. 93% of participants found the training valuable and 98% would recommend it to others. We ...

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