Student Engagement Staff Network

sparqs supports the Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN)a professional network for staff in colleges, universities and students’ associations with roles relating to the co-ordination and development of student engagement in quality. 

Strong and effective student engagement is crucial to the student view on learning, and good professional staff support to representation and engagement activity is in turn essential to make this happen.

Such roles generally lie within students' associations (though can often be institutional posts) and typically include responsibilities such as coordinating course and lead rep systems, support to senior students' association education officers, liaison with institutional staff on student engagement in quality, and ensuring effective student engagement in committees, governance and review activities.

As lynchpins to student engagement in quality, student engagement staff require substantial knowledge, skills, experience and support. The SESN meetings, founded on the themes of "learn, share, develop", aims to provide that through 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. We welcome contributions of case studies and discussion topics from student engagement practitioners across the sector.

There is a Jiscmail group for SESN which is a forum for discussion of the events and their content as well as for exchange of related work. To join the Jiscmail group, please visit this link..
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2021-22 SESN Meetings

We are continuing to hold these meetings more frequenly during the coming year, to give members a chance to meet regularly during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.  The first few meetings of the year have been set, all of which will take place from 10.00am until 1.00pm, continuing on an online basis. Later meetings will open for bookings nearer the time:

  • Tuesday 14th September 2021
    - see the event page for further details and to view the materials from the meeting. 
  • Thursday 4th November 2021
    - see the event booking page to register to attend. 
  • Tuesday 7th December 2021
    - see the event booking page to register to attend. 

2020-21 SESN Meetings

The network usually meets three times each academic year.  However, it met more frequently (online) during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, in order for us to keep in better contact with network members during the constantly-changing situation. 

  • SESN informal catch-upWednesday 24th June 2020 
    - see the event page for more information and to view the presentation from the session. 
  • SESN informal catch-up - Thursday 1st October 2020
    - see the event page for further details and to view the presentation from the catch-up. 
  • SESN regular network meeting - Wednesday 18th November 2020
    - see the event page for further information and to view the materials from the day. 
  • SESN informal catch-up - Tuesday 15th December 2020
    - see the event page to view the presentation from the session.  
  • SESN regular network meeting - Tuesday 9th February 2021
    - see the event page to view the materials from the meeting. 
  • SESN network meeting - Tuesday 9th March 2021
    - see the event page to view the materials from the meeting. 
  • SESN network meeting - Thursday 15th April 2021
    - see the event page to view the materials from the meeting.
  • SESN network meeting - Thursday 13th May 2021
    - see the event page to view the materials from the meeting. 
  • SESN network meeting - Tuesday 8th June 2021
    - see the event page to view the materials from the meeting. 

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2019-20 SESN meetings

  • Tuesday 19th November 2019 at Dundee University Students' Association
    - see the event page for further details and to view the materials from the day.  
  • Wednesday 5th February 2020 at Forth Valley College, Falkirk campus  

    - see the event page for further details and to view the agenda and presentation for an overview of the whole day. 

  • Tuesday 5th May 2020 - online event due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic
    - see the event page for further details and to view the materials from the online event.

Suggestions are always welcomed for topics for the Network meetings.  If you would like to propose anything, please contact Simon Varwell.  

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Past ARC resources

In 2018-19 and prior, SESN was known as the Academic Representation Coordinators' Network, and details of meetings under this name are as follows:

Meetings of the network in 2017-18 took place as follows:

  • Wednesday 29th November 2017 - hosted by City of Glasgow College
    - see the event page to view the materials from the day.
  • Tuesday 20th February 2018 - hosted by Dundee University Students' Association
    - see the event page to view the materials from the day. 
  • Wednesday 9th May 2018 hosted by University of Stirling Students' Union
    - see the event page to view the materials from the day.

Details of our 2016-17 dates were as follows:

  • Thursday 17th November 2016 
    - see the event page for further information and materials from the day.
  • Tuesday 14th February 2017
    - see the event page for further information and materials from the day.
  • Thursday 4th May 2017
    - see the event page for further information and materials from the day. 

For more information, please contact Simon Varwell.

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