Welcome to the website of sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland). We are a publicly-funded agency for Scotland's university and college sectors which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience. For an overview of what we do, view our video and our Strategic Plan for 2019-22. We hope you find our website informative, but please contact us if we can help in any way.

sparqs' Staff and Education Officer networks

Our most recent network events both took place in February and the materials from both meetings are now on the website.  Read more about the networks on our NEON webpage and SESN webpage.  See the event pages for the materials from both meetings.... Student…

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Interview with Katie Dubarry (SRUCSA) and James Bamkin (SRUC)

In this interview, we talk to Katie Dubarry, Vice-President of Scotland’s Rural College Students’ Association (SRUCSA) and James Bamkin, Students’ Association Development Officer at SRUC. Katie is one of SRUCSA’s two sabbatical officers, and previously studied agriculture. James’s role involves…

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Happy New Year from the sparqs team!

Happy new year from the sparqs team! We're looking forward to a busy 2020, and look forward to working with all our colleagues across the sector and beyond during the coming year.  We're also looking forward to welcoming a new Development Consultant…

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Student Engagement Framework
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Second NEON meeting open to book - 19th February 2020

The second meeting of the new sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) is taking place on Wednesday 19th February 2020, at Fife College's Dunfermline Campus.  The network, launched in November 2019, provides an opportunity for officers with an education remit from colleges and universities…

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sparqs' Postgraduate Research Student Engagement Project

sparqs is currently undertaking a project on Postgraduate Research student engagement and representation. PGR students form a significant part of the student profile in universities, but due to the nature of postgraduate study there are often distinct challenges and opportunities…

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SPOTLIGHT ON... Edinburgh Napier University's development of the course rep role

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features a new approach to generating school-specific ideas from course reps about the nature of their role in subject contexts, piloted through a workshop in November 2019 in the university’s School of Art and Creative Industries (SACI). The…

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