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That's Quality! 2017 Universities is now open for bookings! 25 May 2017

Register now for our annual 2-day residential induction event for university student officers with an education remit and students’ association staff.  The event is taking place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th July 2017, at the West Park Conference Centre in Dundee. The event aims to… Read More

Save the date for That's Quality! Colleges - 9th August 2017 24 May 2017

The date has been confirmed for our annual induction event for college officers.... That's Quality! Colleges 2017 will take place on Wednesday 9th August. The event is aimed at new and returning student officers with an education remit and students' association staff.  It will… Read More

Development opportunity for student officers - public appointments introductory workshop: Friday 9th June! 04 May 2017

sparqs and NUS Scotland have been working with the Scottish Government’s Public Appointments Team to promote vacancies on the boards of public bodies to senior student officers. On Friday 9th June 2017, they are holding an introductory workshop especially for senior students’… Read More

That's Quality! 2017 induction events for college and university officers - save the dates! 03 May 2017

The dates have now been confirmed for our annual induction events for officers.... That’s Quality! Universities 2017 will take place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of July; and That's Quality! Colleges 2017 will take place on Wednesday 9th August. Both events… Read More

Interview with Simon Boehme, The Quality Assurance Commons, USA 27 Apr 2017

In this interview we talk to Simon Boehme, Director of Student Engagement at The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education based in Oakland, California, which has been established to explore new ideas in quality assurance. Simon also serves… Read More

2017-18 Associate Trainer recruitment - deadline 10th May! 31 Mar 2017

Calling all course reps and apprentices!  Do you have experience as a course rep and will be a student during 2017-18 ? Or...... Will you be an apprentice during 2017-18, or are you a recent graduate apprentice wishing to develop your core skills? ....if so, and you… Read More

sparqs Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network meeting - 4th May 2017 30 Mar 2017

The next meeting of our Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network is taking place on Thursday 4th May 2017 in Edinburgh and is still open for bookings.  The meeting will share national and institutional practice on a number of topics of current priority, such as… Read More

Interview with Gohar Hovhannisyan, Armenian National Students’ Association 29 Mar 2017

In this interview we talk to Gohar Hovhannisyan, International Officer with the Armenian National Students’ Association (ANSA), and a Masters student in insurance at the Armenian State University of Economics. She has been heavily involved in ESPAQ, a European project… Read More

Thank you to everyone who attended the sparqs Conference! 24 Mar 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the sparqs Conference on Thursday 23rd March 2017, at Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh!  The day was a great success, with a fantastic turnout of around 200 delegates from Scotland and all over… Read More

2017 sparqs Student Engagement Awards Winners! 24 Mar 2017

We are delighted to announce the winners of the sparqs Student Engagement Awards 2017! The awards were presented at the end of the sparqs Conference on Thursday 23rd March 2017, in a fantastic end to the day, which recognised and… Read More

Interview with Greg Mannion, University of Stirling 27 Feb 2017

In this interview we talk to Greg Mannion, a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences (Education) at University of Stirling. His approach to educational research brings together theory and empirical perspectives on participation and rights-based education, intergenerational education,… Read More

sparqs Conference ~ 23rd March #sparqs17 26 Feb 2017

The sparqs Conference is almost here and we look forward to welcoming you! Taking place on Thursday 23rd March 2017, at Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh, it is aimed at students, managers and practitioners in colleges, universities and other post-16 providers, from within Scotland and beyond. … Read More

sparqs Student Engagement Awards shortlists announced! 26 Feb 2017

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2017 sparqs Student Engagement Awards!  Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, they were of a very high standard and it was a tough decision for panel members to choose between them.   We invited award… Read More

sparqs 2017 Student Engagement Awards 20 Feb 2017

We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the sparqs Student Engagement Awards, taking place at our Conference on 23rd March 2017 in Edinburgh.  Good luck to all those in the running and thank you to everyone who submitted nominations, they were of a… Read More

Interview with Dougie Smith, City of Glasgow College Students' Association 26 Jan 2017

In this interview we talk to Dougie Smith, Students’ Association Liaison Officer at City of Glasgow College. After squeezing out as much time as a university student as possible (eight years), he taught History and Modern Studies in secondary schools,… Read More

sparqs is recruiting for Trustees! Closing date: 2nd Feb 2017 13 Jan 2017

We are currently looking for committed and dynamic individuals to join our volunteer Board of Trustees and contribute towards the governance and strategic development of our services. We are looking to recruit trustees with a range of skills and interests including legal,… Read More

Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network meeting - Tuesday 14th February 2017 11 Jan 2017

Still time to apply to attend the next meeting of our Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network taking place on Tuesday 14th February 2017 in Edinburgh.  The meeting will share national and institutional practice on a number of topics of current priority, such as… Read More

How Good Is Our College? event - Thursday 2nd February 2017 10 Jan 2017

There are still a few spaces left on our event taking place on Thursday 2nd February 2017 - How Good is Our College?: Understanding the new quality arrangements.  This event will provide an introduction to the new quality arrangements for colleges.  The morning… Read More

Happy New Year from the sparqs team! 04 Jan 2017

We're looking forward to a busy 2017, and look forward to working with all our colleagues across the sector and beyond during the coming year.  A highlight of our year will be the sparqs Conference on 23rd March 2017, and we hope… Read More

sparqs Conference 2017 - call for proposals is now closed 12 Dec 2016

Please note that the call for proposals is now closed for #sparqs17, our conference taking place on Thursday 23rd March 2017. The title of the conference is Celebrating the impact of the student voice on quality enhancement. We invited proposals for workshops, presentations and poster/display… Read More

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That’s Quality! Universities 2017

26 Jul 2017 - 27 Jul 2017

The aim of the event is to equip participants with the knowledge and ability to use…

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