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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

Interview with Dr Natalie Watters, University of Glasgow 23 Nov 2016

In this interview we talk to Dr Natalie Watters, who is a lecturer and project manager for the online Masters in Education at the University of Glasgow. While studying for her PhD in Education in 2010-11 she was also an… Read More

Welcome to our new Development Consultant! 14 Nov 2016

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Development Consultant, as we welcome Lindsay Isaacs to the sparqs team, on Monday 14th November 2016. Lindsay’s main work areas will include providing support to those involved in our Institutional Associate… Read More

Interview with Sally Varnham, University of Technology Sydney 27 Oct 2016

In this interview we talk to Dr Sally Varnham, a law professor at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and an Australian Learning and Teaching National Senior Fellow. Sally has been leading a national project looking at student engagement in… Read More

New Apprentice Rep Training now available to book! 18 Oct 2016

We are pleased to announce that sparqs have developed new materials for Apprentices, to enable colleges to train Apprentice reps. The materials are now online and you can book sparqs to come out and deliver these sessions. The training session lasts… Read More

Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting - 17th November 2016 29 Sep 2016

Still time to apply for the first in our new series of meetings for academic representation co-ordinators, taking place on Thursday 17th November 2016, from 10.30am to 4pm, in our Edinburgh office.  This new series builds on our previous, but narrower in scope, network for… Read More

Interview with Cat O'Driscoll, National Student Engagement Programme, Ireland 22 Sep 2016

In this interview we talk to Cat O’Driscoll, Co-ordinator of the new pilot National Student Engagement Programme in Ireland. She has a wide experience of student representation at university, Irish and European levels. We met up with her at our… Read More

sparqs Conference - change of date! 21 Sep 2016

Please note that we have had to change the date of the sparqs Conference, which will now be held on Thursday 23rd March 2017 (a day earlier than originally advertised).  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.....please make sure you have the correct date… Read More

Bookings are open for sparqs Course Rep Training 2016-17 26 Aug 2016

We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for sparqs Course Rep Training during 2016-17 ....for delivery from the first week in October onwards. All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage.  Please read the booking guide before arranging your sessions and… Read More

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