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Still time to submit to our 2023 Student Engagement Awards ...deadline 30th June 2023! 03 May 2023

2023 sees 20 years since sparqs was founded, and we are delighted to be celebrating with a special event… and the return of our Student Engagement Awards! At a time of considerable change in our sector, the voice of students in… Read More

That's Quality! 2023 is still open for bookings.... don't miss out! 03 May 2023

There's still time to register for our annual That's Quality! programme for student officers and students’ association staff ...don't miss out on this great opportunity!  The 2023 event is split into three parts: The first part of That’s Quality! is a half-day,… Read More

Interview with Manuel João Costa, University of Minho, Portugal 27 Apr 2023

In this interview, we talk to Manuel João Costa, Pro-Rector for Student Affairs and Pedagogical Innovation at the University of Minho (UMinho), in Portugal. With a background in biochemistry, he has been at the University of Minho since 2004. He… Read More

Our 2023-24 Associate Trainer recruitment has now closed 26 Apr 2023

sparqs 2023-24 Associate Trainer recruitment is now closed, as of Wednesday 3rd May 2023 at 9.00am. The details will remain available on the website until the recruitment process is complete.  Calling all student reps! Do you have experience as a course/apprentice or… Read More

Our updated education officer induction resource for colleges and universities 25 Apr 2023

sparqs’ toolkit for developing an induction for students’ association education officers has been updated and republished to support induction for summer 2023. Aimed at students’ association staff and others who support education officer induction, this year’s update builds on past college-specific… Read More

Deadline extended to 30th April! ....contribute your photos to the National Student-led Project on Learner Communities 02 Apr 2023

Calling all students! ....the students of the QAA Student-led Project are seeking photos of your learning environment to contribute to their photo exhibition about Scotland’s learner communities. There's still time to submit your photos as the deadline has been extended to… Read More

Interview with Kevin McStravock, QAA 23 Mar 2023

In this interview, we talk to Kevin McStravock, who is Lead Policy Officer (Devolved Nations and Europe) with the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). A graduate of Ulster University (UU), he has held various roles in the sector,… Read More

Interview with John O'Hara, New College Lanarkshire 23 Feb 2023

In this interview, we talk to John O’Hara, Senior Learner Engagement Officer at New College Lanarkshire (NCL). John’s college life began as a hairdressing student at Coatbridge College, studying HNC Hairdressing and HND Make up Artistry, then completing his studies… Read More

Welcome to our new Trustees! 21 Feb 2023

We are delighted to introduce four new members to the sparqs’ Trustee Board, Beate Treml, Emilia Todorova, Campbell Powrie and Dr Dee Bird. They bring a wide range of expertise and experience to the Board and we look forward to… Read More

Interview with Chase Greenfield, University of St Andrews Students’ Association 10 Jan 2023

In this interview, we talk to Chase Greenfield, Academic Representation Coordinator at the University of St Andrews Students’ Association, where he has worked since August 2021. Previously, he worked in the USA as the Student Engagement Coordinator at Montana State… Read More

Happy New Year from the sparqs' team! 09 Jan 2023

Happy new year from the sparqs team! We look forward to working with you all again during 2023!  In the year ahead we will continue to provide support to colleges and universities and their students' associations, including enabling effective contribution to… Read More

Contribute to sparqs’ new project on college learner outcomes 29 Nov 2022

sparqs is keen to hear from colleges and students’ associations willing to participate in a project to explore student engagement in enhancing college learner outcomes. Responding to both national and college level data, sparqs has identified the value of better understanding… Read More

Interview with Ellie Gomersall, NUS Scotland 28 Nov 2022

In this interview, we talk to Ellie Gomersall, NUS Scotland’s new President for 2022-23. She took up office in July, and has previously served as President of the University of the West of Scotland Students’ Association, and Co-Convenor of the… Read More

Trustee recruitment 26 Nov 2022

Applications to join our volunteer Board of Trustees have now closed - the recruitment information will remain available until the process is complete.  sparqs is currently looking for people who are committed to what we do and the values we hold,… Read More

Thanks to all those contributing to our national project exploring the Student Learning Experience 13 Nov 2022

sparqs is currently facilitating a series of workshops across Scotland, kindly hosted by institutions, to understand what a good Student Learning Experience means for students currently studying across the country’s colleges and universities.  Many thanks to all those who have… Read More

Our SLE workshops are now open for students to register! 02 Nov 2022

As outlined in our news article published on 1st November, sparqs is currently undertaking a national project exploring the Student Learning Experience (SLE).  We are pleased to announce that the cross-institutional workshops (one for university students and one for college… Read More

Interview with Cassie Lowe, University of Cambridge 24 Oct 2022

In this interview, we talk to Cassie Lowe, Senior Teaching Associate at the University of Cambridge. She has written and researched in a number of learning and teaching areas, but the thread of student engagement has remained a key focus.… Read More

sparqs' team news! 23 Oct 2022

We have some exciting news to share!  In the coming weeks, Stef Black will be joining the Scottish Funding Council on a 12-month secondment. Stef will take up the role of Senior Policy Officer in Assurance and Outcomes, working with… Read More

New sparqs’ student guide on the Scottish Quality Concerns Scheme 30 Sep 2022

We are pleased to publish our new Scottish Quality Concerns Scheme in context – student guide, a resource for students, developed to give context to QAA Scotland’s Scottish Quality Concerns Scheme. The Concerns Scheme provides an opportunity for students, staff and… Read More

sparqs' 2022-23 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 12 Sep 2022

Bookings are now open for Course Rep Training during 2022-23 ....for delivery from week beginning Monday 19th September 2022 onwards. All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage. Please read the booking guidance before arranging your sessions and requesting dates.. CRT delivered by… Read More

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Student Engagement Framework

That's Quality!

6 Jul 2023 - 8 Aug 2023

By booking this event, delegates are committing to the following three-part package:  ~ Part 1:  half-day online event…