8 Oct 2019

Current sparqs' events.... our newly launched Education Officers' Network & our renamed SE Staff Network!

We currently have two events open to book.... our newly-launched Education Officers' Network, the first meeting of which is on Thursday 14th November; and our Student Engagement Staff Network (the new name for the ARC Network), the first meeting of which takes place on Tuesday 19th November!

Read on for details of both network meetings, both of which are open to book......

Education Officers' Network - 14th November

We are excited to announce the launch of the new sparqs’ Education Officers’ Network, which will provide an opportunity for officers from colleges and universities across Scotland to discuss and work on key sector issues together.

The first meeting is taking place on Thursday 14th November 2019, at Glasgow Caledonian University. 

The network is designed to be a space for officers to network and work on issues together in a cross-sector capacity, aimed at student officers with education remits from colleges and universities across Scotland.

A detailed agenda will follow in due course, but sessions will include a workshop on a ‘mentally healthy curriculum’ and a group session on sector priorities for the year.

The event hashtag, for use on Twitter, is #sparqsEON

The creation of EON follows the success of sparqs’ Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ (ARC) Network, a professional network for staff with academic representation co-ordination roles in universities and colleges.  During our recent strategic planning process, a need was identified for a similar cross-sector network for student officers.  

Following a similar model to the ARC network, EON will meet three times a year at different institutions across Scotland.

See the event booking page to register to attend on 14th November! 

We’re really excited to work with everyone to develop the network and look forward to welcoming you all to Glasgow Caledonian University for the first meeting! 

For more information, contact Megan Brown, Development Consultant, at Megan.Brown@sparqs.ac.uk

Student Engagement Staff Network - 19th November

We’re pleased to introduce our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) as the new name for our Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network (ARC) – and to open registration for our next gathering, on Tuesday 19th November 2019 at Dundee University Students’ Association.

Over the past few years, ARC has been a valuable forum for staff who support student engagement and academic representation activities to get together to discuss latest developments in the sector, contribute to the work of sparqs and other agencies, and share practice and challenges in a supportive professional networking environment.

Although originally aimed at staff who supported academic representatives in institutions and students’ associations, the network has been enriched by the participation of staff in slightly wider roles and the discussion of broader topics relating to student engagement in quality than simply the role of reps and rep systems.

To reflect this, and following a survey that gathered participants’ views on the value of the network, we have changed the name to the sparqs Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN). 

SSEN will therefore welcome all staff whose roles involve supporting and developing student engagement; including academic representation, student engagement in committees, reviews, feedback and governance, and approaches to planning and celebrating student partnership.  

The event hashtag, for use on Twitter, is #sparqsSESN

See the event booking page to view the agenda for the day and to register to attend on 19th November. 

For further information about the network, contact Simon Varwell, Senior Development Consultant, at simon.varwell@sparqs.ac.uk.

Wider information about the SESN, including materials from previous meetings of the ARC network, can be found on the SESN webpage

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