sparqs' News

sparqs Team News! 06 Mar 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new sparqs Development Consultant, Stef Black, who will be joining the sparqs team on Monday 20th March 2017. Stef joins us from University of Stirling Students’ Union, where she has worked… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Greg Mannion 06 Mar 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 Student Engagement Awards shortlists announced! 06 Mar 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

Registration is open for the sparqs Conference! #sparqs17 30 Jan 2017

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the sparqs Conference!  The conference is taking place on Thursday 23rd March 2017, at Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh, aimed at students, managers and practitioners in colleges, universities and other post-16 providers,… Read More

Student engagement and the Teaching Excellence Framework 30 Jan 2017

On 26th January 2017, universities across Scotland had to apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) if they wanted to opt into this year’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2). Institutions who decide to do so must prepare… Read More

Developments in Institution-led Review for universities 30 Jan 2017

On Thursday 19th January 2017, the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland launched a new ‘Focus On’ project on Institution-led Review (ILR), which has presented sparqs with an opportunity to promote our practice guide on engaging students in Institution-Led Review (published… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Dougie Smith 30 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

2017 sparqs Student Engagement Awards open for nominations! 16 Jan 2017

We are delighted to announce that nominations are now open for the second sparqs Student Engagement Awards, taking place at our Conference on 23rd March 2017 in Edinburgh.  The conference will be rounded off with the Awards reception, in a fitting end to the… Read More

sparqs is recruting for Trustees! Closing date: 2nd February 2017 16 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

Student Engagement in Gender Action Plans – a checklist from NUS Scotland 16 Jan 2017

Don’t miss the opportunity to involve your students in designing and delivering the college or university’s first Gender Action Plan (GAP)! To support students’ associations with this new piece of work, in December 2016, NUS Scotland published Student Engagement in… Read More

sparqs 'How good is our college?' event - 2nd February 2017 16 Jan 2017

There are still a few spaces available for 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

sparqs Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network meeting - 14th February 2017 16 Jan 2017

The next meeting of our Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network is taking place on Tuesday 14th February 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… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Dr Natalie Watters 16 Jan 2017

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

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Sally Varnham 18 Nov 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

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Cat O'Driscoll 18 Nov 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 Team News! 18 Nov 2016

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new sparqs Development Consultant, Lindsay Isaacs, who joined the sparqs team on Monday 14th November 2016. We are equally delighted, that Morven Stewart, who joined us as a temporary Development Consultant… Read More

sparqs Conference 2017 - call for proposals is now open! 18 Nov 2016

We are pleased to announce that the call for proposals is now open 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 are inviting… Read More

New Apprentice Rep Training available to book! 18 Nov 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

QAA Scotland Focus On projects 18 Nov 2016

Over the last two academic years, sparqs has been delighted to be involved in a series of QAA Scotland’s Focus On projects. The aim of these projects is to help institutions shape policy and to enhance partnership between students’ associations,… Read More

sparqs Course Rep Training is open for bookings 02 Sep 2016

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 requesting dates. Please note that the process… Read More

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