Academic Representation Co-ordinators' network

In 2016-17 sparqs introduced a new network for staff with academic representation co-ordination roles in universities and colleges. This builds on our previous, but narrower in scope, network for Course Rep Training co-ordinators.

Strong and effective academic representation is crucial to the student view on learning, and good professional staff support to representatives and representative structures is in turn essential to make this happen.

These roles generally lie within students' associations (though can often be institutional posts) and are responsible for course and lead rep systems, support to senior students' association education officers, and ensuring effective student representation on institutional committees and in other key quality processes. Activities can include recruitment, training and support of reps; research on key learning and teaching developments; supporting student engagement in committees, feedback and review processes; and providing a permanent point of contact for staff and others.

As lynchpins to student engagement in quality, academic representation co-ordinators require substantial knowledge, skills, experience and support. This network will help to provide that through a series of three events per year hosted in our Edinburgh office.

These events will engage participants in discussion around key sectoral developments, consultation on new initiatives within sparqs, and opportunities to share and reflect on personal and professional practice.

There is a mailing list associated with the network which is a forum for discussion of the events and their content as well as for exchange of related work. To join the mailing list please contact Simon Varwell.

There is also a Jiscmail list for the network, you can sign up at


Network event dates

Our 2016-17 dates were as follows:

  • Thursday 17th November 2016 - see the event page for further information and materials from the day.
  • Tuesday 14th February 2017 - see the event page for further information and materials from the day.
  • Thursday 4th May 2017 - see the event page for further information and materials from the day. 

Dates for academic year 2017-18 will be set and advertised in due course.

For more information, please contact Simon Varwell.

Student Engagement Framework

That's Quality! Colleges 2017

9 Aug 2017

Audience:  This training event is aimed at college student officers and students’ association staff. It will provide…