11 Jun 2013

Creating the Future: Students' Associations and College Partnerships

NUS Scotland and sparqs hosted a conference for all those within the college sector with an interest and investment in the future of student engagement and College Students’ Associations in Scotland

The conference was held in Glasgow on 21st August 2013 to debate and discuss what the role of students’ associations will be within the regionalised college sector, and what students and staff can do together to strengthen and develop them. It was aimed at elected Student Officers, Principals, Heads of Student Services and Learning and Teaching, Quality Managers, and anyone within the sector with an interest and investment in the future of student engagement and College Students’ Associations in Scotland.

This is a time of enormous change for the whole college sector and for college students’ associations as well. The conference, taking place three weeks after the first college mergers, offered the opportunity to meet your counterparts from other regions, to discover what they have been doing over the last year and what their plans are for the future.

The conference brought together student officers and senior college staff from across Scotland. It was the chance to pause and look ahead to the next year and beyond, and to discuss, senior staff and student officers together, what the role of students’ associations will be within the regionalised college sector – and what students and staff can do together to strengthen and develop them.

There was also an opportunity to discuss and consider how students’ associations can continue to support the development of the new college structures through gathering and representing student voice at the very heart of the change.

More information on this will be posted soon.

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