Welcome to the website of sparqs (student partnerships in quality Scotland). Funded by the Scottish Funding Council, we are a publicly-funded agency for Scotland's university and college sectors which aims to support student engagement in the quality of the learning experience. For an overview of what we do, view our video and our Strategic Plan for 2019-22. We hope you find our website informative, but please contact us if we can help in any way. Access our COVID-19 information hub for details of our provision during the pandemic.  

Interview with Ellie Garraway and Jon Down, Grit: Breakthrough Programmes

In this interview, we talk to Ellie Garraway and Jon Down, CEO and Director of Development respectively, at Grit: Breakthrough Programmes, a UK charity working across many levels of education to promote belonging, ownership and engagement in learning. Ellie has worked…

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Update on quality arrangements for colleges 2023-24

While the sector continues to work on a joint approach to quality for colleges and universities, for the current academic year (2023-24) quality arrangements continue to be separate. sparqs has been supporting institutions and students’ associations through these changes, ensuring students…

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Interview with Megan McClellan, formerly City of Glasgow College Students’ Association

In this interview, we talk to Megan McClellan, former President and Vice-President (Learning and Teaching) at City of Glasgow College Students’ Association. Since the summer of 2023, following her sabbatical terms, Megan has been Policy and Public Affairs Officer for…

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Student Engagement Framework

National Education Officers' Network meeting

21 Mar 2024

This meeting of sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) continues our series of meetings for academic year 2023-24. …

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Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

19 Mar 2024

This meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) for academic year 2023-24 continues our series of half-day events for…

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New year round-up and team news!

Happy new year from the sparqs team! We hope 2024 has started well for everyone and look forward to working with you all again during the coming year! 2023 was a busy year for us, following our usual hectic summer training…

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Update on quality arrangements for colleges 2023-24

While the sector continues to work on a joint approach to quality for colleges and universities, for the current academic year (2023-24) quality arrangements continue to be separate. sparqs has been supporting institutions and students’ associations through these changes, ensuring students…

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Next SESN meetings... 13th Feb & 19th March 2024

Registrations are now open for the following two Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) meetings: Tuesday 13th February 2024 – online, 10.00am-1.00pm- see the event booking page for details and to register to attend. Tuesday 19th March 2024 – online, 10.00am-1.00pm- see the event booking page for details and…

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© 2024 student partnerships in quality Scotland (sparqs) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registration number SC046172.
sparqs is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.