29 Mar 2019

Congratulations to all our 2019 Award winners and runners-up!

We were delighted to hold the third sparqs' Student Engagement Awards at the end of our conference on Thursday 28th March 2019! In a fantastic end to the day, the Awards recognised and celebrated good practice across Scottish colleges and universities. 

Congratulations to all the Award winners and runners-up, and many thanks to all who submitted entries, the standard was once again extremely high and the panel members had a tough task choosing between them.

The reception was hosted by Professor Norman Sharp OBE, outgoing Chair of sparqs Trustee Board, in his final role as Chair. At the end of the Awards ceremony, we bid a fond farewell to Norman, presenting him with an Award to thank him and mark his invaluable contribution to sparqs over the last eight years.
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The winners and runners-up  
- click on each heading below to view the detailed category webpages . . .

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1.  University Impact

An initiative delivered by a students’ association, or led by a students’ association in partnership with their university, which has had a significant impact on enhancing the student learning experience.

Winner:

Peer Learning and Support at Edinburgh ~ Edinburgh University Students’ Association and The University of Edinburgh

Runners-up:

RATE Awards: Recognising Best Practice that Enhances the Entirety of the Teaching and Learning Process ~ University of Stirling Students’ Union and the University of Stirling

The Student Voice ~ Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association and Glasgow School of Art
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2.  College Impact

An initiative delivered by a students’ association, or led by a students’ association in partnership with their college, which has had a significant impact on enhancing the student learning experience.

Winner:

Student Partnership Agreement: A Dynamic Approach Using an Online Ideas System ~ City of Glasgow College Students’ Association and City of Glasgow College

Runners-up:

Enhancing Class Representation to Improve Quality and the Learner Experience ~ Glasgow Clyde College Students’ Association and Glasgow Clyde College

Make our College SPARKLE (Support, Partnership, Alliance, Representation, Knowledge, Learning and Evaluation): Students as Partners in Evaluation and Improvement ~ West Lothian College and West Lothian College Students’ Association
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3.  Shaping the Curriculum

A co-curricular initiative or project (focusing, for example, on students working in partnership with their college or university on curriculum design, curriculum delivery or assessment) which has had a positive impact on student learning across the college or university.

Winner:

A Whole Institution Approach on Embedding Intercultural Skills into the Curriculum at GCU ~ Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association

Runners-up:

Abertay University’s Co-Curricular Research Volunteer Scheme and a Student-Led Evaluation of its Impact ~ Abertay University

‘Be Engaged – Market Day’: Promoting Entrepreneurship ~ New College Lanarkshire
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4.  Engaging Diversely

An initiative delivered by a students’ association, or led by a students’ association in partnership with their college or university, which demonstrates a clear commitment to developing student engagement activities that reflect the diversity of the student population.

Winner:

Make a Difference – Dynamic Learning Initiative ~ City of Glasgow College

Runners-up:

ESTABLISH: The Student-led Year-long Induction ~ Edinburgh Napier University

STEP UP Module for Articulation Students ~ University of Dundee

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5.  University Course Rep of the Year

Winner:

  • Finlay Allmond ~ University of Stirling

Runners-up:

  • Kyle Thornley ~ Edinburgh Napier University
  • Melanie Robinson ~ Edinburgh Napier University
  • Stephanie Gardiner ~ University of the Highlands and Islands

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6.  College Course Rep of the Year

Winner:

  • Dionne Netherington ~ Perth College UHI

Runners-up:

  • Andrew Smirthwaite ~ Forth Valley College
  • Robert Laurie ~ Dumfries and Galloway College
  • Sam Small ~ South Lanarkshire College

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Congratulations again to all the winners and runners-up!  We hope you enjoy reading more about all the initiatives and nominees on the individual category webpages.

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