12 Oct 2018

sparqs 2019 Conference - Student Engagement Awards nominations are still open!

#sparqs19 is taking place on Thursday 28th March 2019 at Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh and the theme for the conference is ‘Student Engagement for All’.

The conference call for proposals is now closed, but nominations for the sparqs Student Engagement Awards are still open!

Call for proposals

Proposals were invited for presentations, workshops and poster/display sessions, from across Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally.

Proposals were required to support one of the following five sub-themes:

  • Engaging the diversity of students.
  • Student engagement and co-creation of the curriculum.
  • Demonstrating impact and addressing institutional and national priorities.
  • Engagement throughout the learner journey.
  • Building capacity.

See the call for proposals webpage for further details.

The closing date for submitting proposals was Friday 12th October 2018 (extended from 5th October).

We hope to be in a position to notify successful proposers in late October. If you are accepted to deliver a presentation or workshop you will be required to submit the full presentation to us by the end of Thursday 14th March 2019.


Student Engagement Awards!

Once again, the conference will end with the sparqs Student Engagement Awards, which were a huge success at our two previous conferences.  We are inviting students’ associations and institutions across Scotland to submit nominations across a range of categories, this year around the theme of ‘Student Engagement for All'.

Currently open for submissions are the following four Awards categories, for institutional/SA submissions:

  • University Impact
  • College Impact
  • Shaping the Curriculum
  • Engaging Diversely

Further details about each category are on the Awards webpage , along with submission information.  The closing date for submissions is Friday 23rd November 2018.

Please note that the 'Course Rep of the Year' Awards (one for the college sector and one for the university sector) will be open for nominations in early January 2019, once we are further into the academic year.


Wider conference details

See the main conference webpage for further details on the conference itself, including conference fees (and early bid rates) and key dates.  Registration for the conference will open during week beginning 26th November 2018.  

Opportunities for International Delegates

Once again we will be holding a pre-conference International Delegates' Day, the day before the main conference. We will also be arranging optional site visits to institutions and sector agencies, which many international delegates participated in during the week of our 2017 conference. The visits will allow people to hear more about our student engagement and quality processes, whilst seeing a bit more of Scotland!   Further details of the International Delegates' Day and the site visits will be advertised in due course.


If you have any queries, please contact Lindsay Isaacs, Development Consultant on lindsay.isaacs@sparqs.ac.uk.

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