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.

Interview with Amy Hamilton, Borders College

In this interview we talk to Amy Hamilton, Students’ Association Development Officer at Borders College.  Amy took up her post at the college in 2014, after many years in the retail and hospitality sectors and a stint teaching in primary schools. 1. ...

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Register now for our National Conference on 29th May 2015

Good practice in student partnerships  #sparqs15 Registration is now open for the sparqs National Conference 2015, taking place on Friday 29th May 2015 at the Edinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot-Watt University. The conference theme is student partnerships and we have received a large ...

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Closing date for applications: 9am on Monday 27th April 2015

Will you be a student during 2015-16? Do you have experience as a course rep? Would you like to earn some income?  ....apply to be a sparqs Associate Trainer!   Apply to join our team of students to deliver training to course reps in institutions ...

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Partnerships for Change
Student Engagement Framework

Course Rep Training Co-ordinators’ Network meeting

27 Apr 2015

This network meeting is aimed at those staff or student officers in universities and colleges (or ...

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Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum – involving students in curriculum design

15 Apr 2015

The HEA in Scotland’s Embedding Equality and Diversity in the Curriculum project supports the development of ...

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College Student Surveys Event – 31st March 2015

April 2015 marks a first for Scotland’s college sector. Thirteen colleges are participating in a trial run of a survey that it is hoped will eventually go Scotland-wide. This is the first time the college sector has asked the same ...

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Course Rep Training Co-ordinators' Network Meeting - 27th April 2015

This event is the first of a new series of three network meetings per year, which will allow practitioners to share good practice, develop ideas for their own training, and inform sparqs’ work in this area. It is aimed at those staff or student officers in ...

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Update on... sparqs Articulation Project

Over the last few months sparqs has been working with ELRAH (Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub) to increase student engagement in articulation. In Autumn 2014 we established a regional student articulation group. Members of the group are students ...

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