7 October 2020

National Education Officers’ Network meeting


The first meeting of sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) of the 2020/21 academic year took place online on 7th October.. NEON was set up in 2019 in response to feedback from student officers who expressed the need for a national officer network with members from both universities and colleges.

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

This meeting of NEON focused on the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the Scottish HE and FE sectors as the new academic year begins, and how student officers can continue to support and deliver effective student engagement and representation activity during this time.

Key topics included:

  • The student experience in Semester 1: how is the start of term looking for you? What are the current issues?
  • Update on the Scottish Funding Council Review and the role for student officers.
  • Engaging students in reviews online (ELIR and ILR for universities, the latest updates on quality arrangements for colleges).

View the materials from the day: 

The event hashtag, for use on Twitter, was #sparqsNEON

The event ran from 10.00am – 1.00pm, with registration from 9.45am. It was free to attend, but delegates were required to book a place. 

Online meeting security

The meeting was run using Zoom, with the following security process:

You do not need an account to join the meeting and you don’t need to download the app. Simply copy and paste the link you receive in your joining instructions directly into your browser. The link is not available on social media or our website and is sent by email only to those who have registered for the event. To ensure only those who have registered join the meeting, we ask that you do not share the link with anyone. If you are not an authenticated Zoom user (i.e. you don’t have an account) you will be asked to input a password to join the meeting. When you join, you will go to a “waiting room”, a member of sparqs staff will then admit only those who have registered. If the identity of a person is not known, they will not be admitted, so please enter your name on Zoom as the name you registered to attend.


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

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