5 October 2023

Planning for the year ahead


SKYbar, Doubletree by Hilton
34 Bread Street
Tel: 0131 221 5414


On the afternoon of Thursday 5th October 2023, sparqs’ Joint Advisory Group (JAG) will meet together with the National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) and Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) to explore significant pieces of work for the year ahead, as well as reflect on the journey of student engagement over the last 20 years and identify future challenges.

The ongoing Tertiary Quality Project presents significant opportunities for student engagement in quality. With a busy year ahead, this event will offer the opportunity to shape the key pieces of work sparqs will be delivering and influencing over the year ahead. Ahead of the evening’s celebration of sparqs 20th birthday, we will also take some time to reflect on our journey with the sector in supporting the role of students in quality and imagine what the future might look like.

We welcome all members from the three forums (JAG, NEON and SESN) to this day, building on the feedback and reflections from the previous strategic planning day in May 2023.


Details of the day’s events will be circulated to those who have registered nearer the time. It will begin at 2.00pm and finish by 5.00pm. This 'planning for the year ahead' meeting takes place directly before our 20th birthday event celebrations and Student Engagement Awards ceremony, therefore dinner will be provided when the afternoon planning meeting finishes, for all those staying on for the birthday celebrations.  The birthday/awards event will take place in the same venue as the planning meeting, from 6pm until 8pm. 


If you are planning on attending this meeting AND the birthday celebration event in the evening, you only need to register once here, by selecting the appropriate option on the booking screen.  

Capacity is limited so we may limit registrations if there are large numbers of sign-ups from the same organisation.  

Please register by the end of Wednesday 27th September 2023, to allow us to finalise numbers with the venue. 


If you have any queries, please contact Eve Lewis, Director (eve.lewis@sparqs.ac.uk) or Nicola Cameron, Business Manager (nicola.cameron@sparqs.ac.uk).


Please note that we are using the standard functionality normally used for paid events, to enable options to be selected.  Both options are free and you will not be directed to a payment screen upon booking. 


This is a chargeable event, with the following pricing options:

'Planning for the year ahead' meeting only£0.00
'Planning for the year ahead' meeting + 20th birthday and Awards event£0.00

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