29 Jul 2014

New Articulation Project with ELRAH

sparqs has embarked on new project with ELRAH (Edinburgh, Lothians, Fife and Borders Regional Articulation Hub) to increase student engagement in articulation (the pathway that allows students to progress from an HNC or HND directly into the 2nd or 3rd year of a degree programme).

On Wednesday 18th June 2014 sparqs facilitated a workshop at ELRAH’s Inaugural Conference entitled ‘Harnessing college and university student voices to shape the curriculum throughout the student journey’. This helped us understand how college and university staff currently engage students in their work on articulation and begin to discuss how we can develop support for institutions in this activity.

By working in partnership with ELRAH, sparqs plans to identify, improve and share good practice in student engagement in the region. sparqs believes that there is potential to increase the student voice in decisions made about articulation and to develop better student engagement through the transition from college and university.

With this in mind, sparqs is working to establish a regional student group on articulation. Members of this group will be elected officers, class reps, school officers or students with an interest in or experience of the transition from college to university. This will provide a forum in which students can discuss and address specific issues relating to articulation, particularly in the areas of learning and teaching. This group will be facilitated and supported by sparqs.

ELRAH is one of five regional articulation hubs, funded by the Scottish Funding Council, which works to develop new and more effective articulation routes for students going from college to university. The hub brings together a consortium of universities and colleges that work collaboratively to improve articulation in the region. You can find out more about the hub on their website: http://www.elrah.ac.uk/

If you would like more information or are interested in getting involved in the project, please contact Hannah Clarke, sparqs Development Advisor - hannah.clarke@sparqs.ac.uk


Articulation for All Conference 2014

ELRAH will host the sixth annual Articulation for All Conference at Edinburgh Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus on Friday 5th September 2014.

Call for proposals
The aim of the conference is to focus on the future of articulation and the role it plays in the creation of a fair and flexible education system. ELRAH requests workshop proposals aligning with the following themes:

  • Inclusivity
  • Collaboration
  • Sustainability
  • Supporting transitions
  • Learner journey
  • Future positive

To put forward a workshop proposal, please submit a brief paragraph outlining your workshop, along with the names of the facilitators to elrah@napier.ac.uk by Friday 15th August 2014.

If you would like to register your attendance at the event please email elrah@napier.ac.uk with the following details by Friday 22nd August 2014:

  • name, job role and institution/organisation
  • your email address
  • any dietary requirements
  • car parking requirements

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