Student engagement - and learning and teaching broadly - is an ongoing partnership between staff and students. This partnership requires a conversation about how to improve the quality of the learning experience, and both partners in that conversation require support to effectively engage in it.
To support students to engage in this conversation, we provide a range of training and events for a range of different levels of student representative. You can find out more about this in the Supporting Students section of our website.
But we also support staff to engage with students. For example, we have a staff workshop on student engagement in quality, the materials for which were revised in early 2016. The workshop can be delivered by sparqs, or alternatively institutions are welcome to download the materials and deliver their own sessions.
In addition, we offer a specific workshop that helps staff to understand the Student Engagement Framework and how they can use it to reflect on their own practice.
Working with institutions and staff development practitioners we are developing opportunities to engage with staff who are engaged in teaching qualifications in the college and university sectors. In 2015-16 we facilitated a session on student engagement for a cohort of TQFE students from across the college sector and we have agreed a further session for pre-TQFE students in early 2018. We are also currently working with Edinburgh Napier University to develop bite-sized e-resources which can used on a range of CPD programmes including the PG Certificate in Academic Practice. Additionally, we are working with the College Development Network on the development of resources and a webinar on student engagement for their Management and Leadership CDP Framework.
We delivered a number of sessions on student engagement and board roles and responsibilities in 2016-17 at the College Development Network induction training events for college Boards of Management. For the 4 sessions delivered in 2017-18, we revised the format of these sessions to make them more participative.
Finally, we co-ordinate a Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN), a professional network for staff in universities, colleges and students’ associations with roles relating to the co-ordination and development of student engagement in quality. The events engage participants in discussion around key sectoral developments, consultation on new initiatives within sparqs, and opportunities to share and reflect on personal and professional practice in supporting academic representation. The network meets three times a year and more information can be found on the SESN webpage.