Equality and Diversity

sparqs is committed to helping students to shape the nature of their learning and contribute to the overall success of learning provision, regardless of wherever and however they learn.

While we try to ensure that all of our work and support offers equality of opportunity, we also undertake specific projects with an equality and diversity focus, in line with student need and sectoral policy and practice.

Our support to institutions around Gender Action Plans (GAPs) involves supporting students’ associations to get involved in the design and delivery of their institutional GAP.  Working with NUS Scotland, and supported by Equate Scotland and Advance HE (formerly Equality Challenge Unit), we are undertaking a pilot during 2018 with four colleges and four universities, to develop student engagement in GAPs.

Our other project, again working jointly with Advance HE (formerly Equality Challenge Unit) is around supporting institutions with monitor the diversity of course reps.  Following a successful pilot with four institutions in 2017-18, we are now rolling out this support to all interested institutions.

In 2014-15 sparqs was involved in a joint project with sector partners around embedding Equality and Diversity in the curriculum, which resulted in a framework for institutions, produced by HEA Scotland.

For more information on the above work areas, please contact Megan Brown.

Student Engagement Framework

National Education Officers’ Network meeting

7 Oct 2020

Join us for the first meeting of sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) of the 2020/21…


Student Engagement Staff Network informal catch-up

1 Oct 2020

Our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) will have a short meeting on Thursday 1st October, by Zoom,…