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.

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2020-21 SESN Meetings

The network usually meets three times each academic year.  However, it will most likely meet more frequently during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, in order for us to keep in better contact with network members during the constantly-changing situation.  For the time being, meetings will be online, and some will be shorter, informal catch-ups, the first of which is now open for registration:  

  • 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 booking page for further information and to register to attend.

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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

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.

Student Engagement Framework

Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

18 Nov 2020

Our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) will have its first full-day meeting of the 2020-21 academic year on 18th…

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