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sparqs 2019 Conference - Student Engagement Awards nominations are still open! 12 Oct 2018

#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… Read More

Interview with Stewart Kirkland, sparqs Associate Trainer and student at Edinburgh Napier University 25 Sep 2018

In this interview, we talk to Stewart Kirkland, one of sparqs’ new Associate Trainers for 2018-19. After a 13-year career in the Royal Air Force he went on to hold a variety of positions with the police in Scotland. “Retiring”… Read More

sparqs 2018-19 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 30 Aug 2018

Bookings are now open for sparqs Course Rep Training during 2018-19 ....for delivery from week beginning Monday 17th September 2018 onwards.  All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage.  Please read the booking guide before arranging your sessions and requesting dates.  We have a range of Course Rep Training… Read More

Interview with William Hasty, QAA Scotland 29 Aug 2018

In this interview, we talk to William Hasty, Quality and Enhancement Specialist with QAA Scotland. He started the role in March 2018, prior to which he was Learning Enhancement Officer at the Open University in Scotland. Previously he worked with… Read More

Interview with Gemma Jones, NUS Scotland 31 Jul 2018

In this interview, we talk to Gemma Jones, Deputy President of NUS Scotland for 2018-19, whose job involves leading on quality and education within the NUS Scotland executive. She has just completed a sabbatical year as President of the SRUC… Read More

Launch of sparqs' new ELIR Cycle 4 Practice Guide 18 Jul 2018

sparqs is delighted to announce the publication of our ELIR Cycle 4 Practice Guide, designed to support students' association representatives and staff to have meaningful student engagement throughout the ELIR (Enhancement-led Institutional Review) process.   The practice guide, launched at our That's Quality! Universities event… Read More

Save the date! 'Student Engagement for All' - sparqs Conference - 28th March 2019! 15 Jul 2018

We are delighted to announce that sparqs will be holding its biennial conference on Thursday 28th March 2019, at Surgeons’ Hall in Edinburgh.   The theme for the conference is ‘Student Engagement for All’. It will provide an opportunity to focus on… Read More

That's Quality! Colleges 2018 02 Jul 2018

There's still time to sign up to attend That's Quality! Colleges taking place on Wednesday 8th & Thursday 9th August 2018 at West Park Conference Centre in Dundee. The event will provide a comprehensive introduction to national arrangements and procedures that help colleges ensure… Read More

Interview with Oisin Hassan, Union of Students in Ireland 27 Jun 2018

In this interview, we talk to Oisín Hassan, Vice-President for Academic Affairs at the Union of Students in Ireland (USI). Previously he was Vice-President (Education) at Queen’s University Belfast Student’ Union. He was recently re-elected to serve a second year… Read More

sparqs' Privacy Policy has been updated 25 May 2018

Please note that the sparqs Privacy Policy has been updated in line with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) now in force within Europe, as of 25th May 2018.  We would encourage anyone who uses our services to read this updated policy,… Read More

Interview with Meera Sabaratnam, SOAS University of London 24 May 2018

In this interview, we talk to Dr Meera Sabaratnam, lecturer and BA Programme Convenor in International Relations at SOAS University of London. She has a strong research interest in colonial and post-colonial relations, statebuilding and development, and has been undertaking… Read More

Interview with Matt Adie, University of Stirling Students' Union 26 Apr 2018

In this interview, we talk to Matt Adie, Vice-President (Education) at the University of Stirling Students’ Union and Student Theme Lead for the current QAA Enhancement Theme “Evidence for Enhancement: Improving the Student Experience”. Matt is currently in his final… Read More

sparqs 2018-19 Associate Trainer recruitment is now closed 19 Mar 2018

As of 12noon on Monday 8th May 2018, our current recruitment campaign for Associate Trainers is now closed.  The recruitment pages are still currently available for reference only, until the recruitment process is complete. Calling all course reps and apprentices!  Do you… Read More

Interview with Stewart Squire, Dundee University Students' Association 18 Mar 2018

In this interview, we talk to Stewart Squire, Democratic Support & Policy Co-ordinator at Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA). Stewart’s role involves a range of support for student engagement, and he previously worked at the Abertay University Students’ Association as… Read More

sparqs ARC Network - May 2018 meeting is open for bookings! 17 Mar 2018

Registration is now open for our next Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting, taking place on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at University of Stirling Students' Union.  Our third and final meeting of the 2017-18 academic year has a packed and exciting agenda, with two sessions on course reps… Read More

sparqs HGIOC event: Influencing the college quality arrangements - 19th April 2018 17 Mar 2018

We are pleased to announce that, in response to requests from college officers, sparqs is holding a How good is our college? event on Thursday 19th April 2018 at the sparqs/NUS offices in Edinburgh.  The event will help inform officers… Read More

Interview with Kerry Harrison, Robert Gordon University Students' Union 27 Feb 2018

In this interview, we talk to Kerry Harrison, President (Education and Welfare) of Robert Gordon University Students’ Union. Previously she studied Management with HR and got involved with the union through the Mental Wellbeing Society. 1. You’re coming to the end… Read More

Sign up for QAA Scotland's Focus On Feedback from Assessment event: 22nd March 2018 in Glasgow 26 Feb 2018

.Registration is open for QAA Scotland's Focus On: Feedback from Assessment event on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. The event will showcase work undertaken in support of the nation-wide Focus On project and will explore the following topics: Institutional approaches… Read More

sparqs Strategic Planning – looking ahead to 2021... 15 Feb 2018

sparqs Trustee Board is pleased to announce the start of a planning process to develop a strategic plan to guide our work until 2021. Since the launch of its last plan in 2013 sparqs has made great strides in promoting… Read More

College officers and course reps - help shape the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges! 02 Feb 2018

sparqs is running 2 workshops to enable college student officers and course reps to contribute to CDN’s current review of the existing Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges. The events are taking place on Tuesday 27th February in Edinburgh and Tuesday 6th March… Read More

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Student Engagement Framework

Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network Meeting

27 Nov 2018

Our first Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting of the 2018-19 academic year will focus strongly on…


Making HGIOC work for you and your students

5 Nov 2018

We are inviting student officers and SA staff to attend this HGIOC (How good is our college?)…