The Organisation

sparqs is a charity funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), working with Scotland's university and college sectors. Its purpose is to ensure students are partners in shaping the quality of learning, making positive change to their own and others’ experience, however and wherever they learn. It aims to foster a culture of partnership between students and staff which enables the Scottish education sector to respond to challenges and realize its ambitions to provide the best possible experience for each and every student.

sparqs focuses on supporting all student voices to be heard, and for those voices to have a positive impact on learning, helping ensure all students, whatever their background, can access education, progress and achieve their potential. We identify settings where capturing the student voice will enhance decision-making, particularly where this voice is not currently heard well and where it will help address challenges such as transitions across the learner journey, widening access, inequalities and retention and success.

The Trustee Role

We are looking for people who are committed to what we do and the values we hold to join our volunteer Board of Trustees to support the governance and strategic development of sparqs.

We would love to hear from candidates who have not taken on a Trustee role before as well as those with previous experience. A board benefits from valuable technical skills such as HR, Legal, and marketing but board members do not have to be senior professionals in such fields. Having a good knowledge of some of the issues a small charity might need to deal with in these areas and appropriate understanding of risk and where to seek help are equally valuable. Applicants could be early in their career as an HR or finance professional, for example, alongside having experience of being a student representative.

Working in a diverse sector and with diverse students, we are keen to receive applications from people of all backgrounds and with all different kinds of life experiences.

The board would benefit from applicants who have experience of one or more of the areas below (but not limited to):

  • Small charity management and the needs of student led organisations.
  • Student engagement within the University sector.
  • Sources of funding, in an international setting post Brexit and/or expanding funding bases.
  • Post 16 education or similar fields in an international environment.

Applicants may have other valuable skills not listed above.

Please refer to the Role Profile for further details about the role.

How to apply

Full details and an application form can be downloaded below:

Please note that the Role Profile previously noted that applicants were required to live in the United Kingdom.  This information was incorrect and the Role Profile has now been updated.  Apologies for any confusion caused - international applications are welcomed. 

Completed applications should be sent to  Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Closing date:  12noon on Monday 12th December 2022. 

Interviews will be held during week commencing 9th January 2023, in Edinburgh.


If you have any queries, please contact Nicola Cameron, Business Manager at or call 07785 626 159. 

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