Student Engagement Staff Network

sparqs supports 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 Student Engagement Staff Network is the new name for our Academic Representation Coordinators’ network, which met under that name until May 2019.

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 a series of three events per year.

The network’s 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.

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, please visit this link.


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  
    originally advertised for Tuesday 4th, apologies for any inconvenience). 

    - see the event page to register to attend.

  • Tuesday 5th May 2020 at University of the West of Scotland, Paisley campus
    - will open for registration nearer the time.

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


Past ARC resources

Meetings of the ARC network in 2018-19 took place 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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