2023 Awards

Awards trophies, winners from City of Glasgow College and 20th birthday cake

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We were delighted to hold our Student Engagement Awards again in 2023, the winners of which were announced at a special event on Thursday 5th October 2023, which also celebrated sparqs’ 20th birthday!  #sparqs20years  The Awards ceremony was superbly hosted by Sir Andrew Cubie, chair of the sparqs Trustee Board. 

The event also included the launch of the new Student Learning Experience model

The 2023 awards were an opportunity to reflect on developments in student engagement and partnership across Scotland, not only in the past two years, but also, across the two decades of sparqs’ existence since our creation in 2003.  Click here to read more about the Awards process, including the categories, criteria and judging. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to submit entries and share all the amazing work going on across the sector, and thanks also to our judging panel, consisting of members of our Joint Advisory Group. 

The Award-winners are....

- click on each heading below to view the detailed category webpages . . .
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Award 1:  A New Initiative in Partnership

Winner:  IMPS sports day ~ Institute of Molecular Plant Sciences Outreach Team, The University of Edinburgh

Runner-up:  Protecting Students’ Academic Integrity ~ City of Glasgow College, CitySA

Shortlisted:  Student Quality Panel Member Scheme ~ Edinburgh Napier University
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Award 2:  An Established Initiative in Partnership

Winner:  UWS Student Partnership Forum ~ University of the West of Scotland / UWS Student Union

Runner-up:  UHI / HISA Student Partnership Agreement ~ Highlands and Islands Students’ Association

Shortlisted:  City of Glasgow College Class Rep System ~ City of Glasgow College, CitySA
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Award 3:  Outstanding Academic Representative

Winner:  Megan McClellan ~ City of Glasgow College Students’ Association

Runner-up:  Kellyann McGraith ~ New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association

Shortlisted:  Alexandra Knoblauch ~ The School of GeoSciences, The University of Edinburgh
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Award 4:  Outstanding Staff Member

Winner:  Robin Chandler ~ West College Scotland

Runner-up:  Scott Carle ~ Aberdeen University Students’ Association

Shortlisted:  Andrew Kinnell ~ Forth Valley College Students’ Association
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Award 5:  Sustainability in the Learning Experience

Winner:  A Better Tomorrow Competition ~ City of Glasgow College Students’ Association

Runner-up:  Foundation Apprentices Business Skills Food Waste Workshop ~ UHI Inverness

Shortlisted:  Innovative approach to sustainability ~ Glasgow Kelvin College & Glasgow Kelvin College Students’ Association
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Award 6:  Diverse Voices

Winner:  Virtual Internships for Underrepresented Students - exploring opportunities for student co-creation and partnership ~ The Open University in Scotland

Runner-up:  Inclusive Survey Supports Student Voice ~ Fife College

Shortlisted:  Engaging FCSA Prison-Based Members ~ Fife College Students Association, and Fife College Learning and Skills Team
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Award 7:  Digital Partnership

Winner:  Co-creation of a narrative digital artefact to support development of anti-racist curricula ~ Edinburgh Napier University

Runner-up:  Teams Reps ~ New College Lanarkshire Students’ Association

Shortlisted:  Promoting Student-Staff Partnership through the Student Digital Scholar Role ~ Glasgow Caledonian University
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