Latest sparqs Headlines - 2021

Interview with Sandra McLoughlan, New College Lanarkshire 16 Dec 2021

In this interview, we talk to Sandra McLoughlan, Dean for Student Recruitment and Experience at New College Lanarkshire. Sandra was recently appointed to this post, having worked in European funding, student guidance and then latterly recruitment and admissions. 1. Firstly, how… Read More

Interview with Sam Smith, New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) 12 Oct 2021

In this interview, we talk to Sam Smith, former National Vice President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), who recently led a project for New Zealand’s higher education quality body, the Academic Quality Agency (AQA). Sam graduated… Read More

sparqs' 2021-22 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 11 Oct 2021

If you've not already got your sessions arranged, bookings are open for institutions to request sparqs' 2021-22 Course Rep Training.   As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year's training is continuing in an online format, and is again in… Read More

Interview with Megan Doherty, University of Dundee graduate and former DUSA officer 31 Aug 2021

In this interview, we talk to Megan Doherty, former Student Voice Support Officer at Dundee University Students’ Association and graduate of Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee. She has been involved in Y7, the official youth engagement… Read More

Student Engagement Awards and Celebrating Success Report 2021 03 Jul 2021

Congratulations to all of our Student Engagement Award-winners and thanks to everyone who joined us on 22nd June for the Awards ceremony, which also included the launch of our report celebrating successful partnerships across the sector during 2020-21!  The report… Read More

Interview with Heloisa Fyfe, Edinburgh Napier Students' Association 02 Jul 2021

In this interview, we talk to Heloisa Fyfe, Vice-President (Representation and Volunteers) at Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association (ENSA). Previously, she was a Festival and Event Management student and a Programme Rep at Edinburgh Napier University. 1. Can you tell us about… Read More

Development Consultant vacancy - applications have now closed 01 Jul 2021

Applications for this post have now closed. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated person to deliver a range of activities including training, consultancy support and research and development projects. The post is full-time (35 hours a week) on a fixed… Read More

sparqs is recruiting student Associate Trainers for 2021-22 30 Mar 2021

sparqs 2021-22 Associate Trainer recruitment is open for applications - deadline 9.00am, Monday 17th May 2021! .Calling all course reps and apprentice reps! Do you have experience as a course rep or apprentice rep? Will you be a student or apprentice during 2021-22? If so,… Read More

Interview with Charlie Reis, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, China 28 Mar 2021

In this interview, we talk to Charlie Reis, Director of the Educational Development Unit at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XTJLU) in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China and founder of CAPED, the China-based Association for Partnership in Educational Development. He has been living… Read More

Interview with Kevin Sinclair, University of the Highlands and Islands 22 Feb 2021

In this interview, we talk to Kevin Sinclair, Student Engagement Manager at the University of the Highlands and Islands. His role involves activities related to engagement, student development and widening access. Prior to joining the university, he had a number… Read More

Report on successful student engagement and partnership during COVID-19 21 Feb 2021

In April 2021 we will be publishing a report celebrating the work staff and students have done across our sector to build effective partnerships at this time of change and uncertainty. We are seeking case studies of practice from institutions, students’… Read More

sparqs' online Introductory Course Rep Training for 2020-21 is still open to book! 26 Jan 2021

Bookings are still open for sparqs Course Rep Training during 2020-21. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year's training has been developed in an online format, and is in two parts. The first is a self-study online module,… Read More

Interview with Ruth Ní Bheoláin, Hibernia College, Dublin 25 Jan 2021

In this interview, we talk to Ruth Ní Bheoláin, Quality Assurance Officer at Hibernia College in Dublin, Ireland. Ruth is an experienced Quality Assurance and Enhancement professional with broad experience in higher education. She chairs the Higher Education Colleges Association’s… Read More

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Student Engagement Framework

Planning for the year ahead

8 May 2024

sparqs’ Joint Advisory Group (JAG) will meet on 8th May 2024 with the National Education Officers’…