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sparqs Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 24 Jul 2017

Bookings are now open for sparqs Course Rep Training during 2017-18 ....for delivery from week beginning 11th September 2017 onwards.  This year's materials also include the newly-developed training for taught postgraduate reps. All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage.  Please read… Read More

sparqs is recruiting! 24 Jul 2017

We are currently recruiting a Development Consultant to join the staff team  (1 year maternity cover) We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the team on a fixed term basis, to deliver a range of activities including training, consultancy support, and… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... New College Lanarkshire's 'Be Engaged' Programme 24 Jul 2017

This ‘Spotlight On” features the “Be Engaged” programme created by the Students’ Association and the Learner Engagement Team at New College Lanarkshire, designed to increase the engagement of students in a wide range of activities outside the classroom and provide… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Raziya Isayeva 24 Jul 2017

In this interview we talk to Raziya Isayeva, Development Director at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan. Besides this role she teaches management and is studying a PhD in Educational Leadership, and has been involved in European conversations around strengthening student… Read More

That's Quality! 2017 events are open for bookings! 21 Jun 2017

Our two annual quality induction events, one for the university sector and one for the college sector, are now open for bookings!  They are aimed at new and returning student officers with an education remit and SA staff. Both events aim to equip participants with the knowledge and ability to use the… Read More

Welcome to our 2017-18 Associate Trainer team 21 Jun 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of an excellent team of student Associate Trainers for the coming academic year. The new team, including four returners from previous years, will begin delivering Course Rep Training from September 2017 onwards. Their induction process begins… Read More

sparqs at #ETConf17 21 Jun 2017

sparqs was delighted to participate in the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference run by the Enhancement Themes team at QAA Scotland, which was held in Glasgow from 6th-8th June 2017. The conference, attended by hundreds of delegates from across… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Jodie Waite 21 Jun 2017

In this interview we talk to Jodie Waite, incoming Vice-President (Education) of NUS Scotland for 2017-18. In 2016-17 she has been Vice-President for the Glasgow School of Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Students’ Association, and served a previous… Read More

That's Quality! 2017 induction events for college and university officers - save the dates! 15 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

SPOTLIGHT ON.... Edinburgh University Students' Association's student-led Project Myopia 15 May 2017

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s award-winning student-led project to improve the diversity of curricula. In early 2017, two University of Edinburgh students, Rianna Walcott and Toby Sharpe, started working with University of Edinburgh’s Students’ Association (EUSA) to develop ‘Project… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Simon Boehme 15 May 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

Development opportunity for student officers - public appointments introductory workshop: Friday 9th June! (event subsequently postponed) 15 May 2017

Please note that the event referred to below has unfortunately been postponed, as at the end of May, due to lack of sign-up.  If and when it is rescheduled we will readvertise it. sparqs and NUS Scotland have been working with the… Read More

#sparqs17 Conference and Awards round-up! 07 Apr 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

2017-18 Associate Trainer recruitment - deadline 10th May! 07 Apr 2017

Calling all course reps!  Will you be a student during 2017-18? 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… Read More

sparqs Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network meeting - 4th May 2017 07 Apr 2017

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

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Gohar Hovhannisyan 07 Apr 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

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

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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…

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