Over the past two years sparqs has been undertaking major research into how student engagement in quality has developed in both Scotland’s university and college sectors and we are pleased to announce the publication of the full celebration reports for both sectors.
The reports, as well as the Executive Summaries for both sectors, which were published late in 2012, can be found at http://www.sparqs.ac.uk/culture.php?page=166
The last major study into student engagement conducted by sparqs was published in 2005, so obviously much has changed within institutions and at the sector level – from the new Quality Enhancement Framework through to college regionalisation and the creation of the new Student Engagement Framework for Scotland.
Over the years the expectations, capacity and impact of student engagement have changed radically, so these two reports aim to capture some of these headlines, celebrate the successes, and point towards the next challenges for the future.
The research has been informed by our engagements with institutions, students’ associations and sector agencies, desk-based research, literature reviews, and conversations with practitioners across the country and beyond.
The reports include a range of case studies of effective practice, map the major changes in student engagement over the past few years, and conclude by highlighting the next steps the sector can take to further ensure that students are not only placed at the heart of the learning experience but take a key partnership role in shaping that learning.