6 May 2015

Developing College Students' Associations

 sparqs is excited to be working closely in partnership with colleges and students’ associations on further development of the student voice and enhancing its impact on the quality of learning and teaching. Following the recent letter to colleges from the Scottish Funding Council announcing this newly funded piece of work, our team of Development Advisors have been assigned as key contacts for each college, to work with them and help them achieve their objectives. The work will be delivered by sparqs and NUS Scotland and aligned to the new Framework for the Development of Strong and Effective College Students’ Associations in Scotland which is due to be published and launched in June 2015. In the past two years, colleges and students’ associations have made significant strides forward in terms of building student engagement partnerships and this work is designed to embed and raise it to another level.

sparqs’ and NUS Scotland’s successful bid for two years of funding from the Scottish Funding Council will allow us to provide consultancy, training, resources and events in support of the further development of college students’ associations. This work is a successor to the Partnerships for Change Project which ended in Autumn 2014.

One of sparqs’ Development Advisors will be in contact shortly to begin mapping out and planning a range of activities which meet your needs. Our role will focus specifically on our core role of supporting students’ associations to develop their representative structures and further promote the student voice in the enhancement of quality in learning and teaching.

Our key areas of work will be:

  • Development of Student Partnership Agreements.
  • Development of course rep and lead rep systems.
  • Support for staff who work within students’ associations, with events and opportunities to share good practice.
  • Training and resources for students’ associations to use national college survey data effectively to improve the learning experience.
  • Development of guidance and practice on the enhanced role of students’ associations in college and external quality processes.
  • Development of guidance on the recognition and accreditation of course rep activity.
  • Development of engagement with apprentices.

We will also provide consultancy on potential new areas of collaborative work that are identified by colleges.

For more information, please contact David Scott, Institutional Support and Development Manager – david.scott@sparqs.ac.uk

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