7 Sep 2018

That's Quality! 2018 events roundup

Over the summer we held our annual induction events for college and university student officers. The focus of both events was how to use quality to enhance students’ learning and teaching experience. It was fantastic to meet so many enthusiastic new and returning student officers at the events and we look forward to working with you all in the year ahead! 

Read on for a summary of both events and to access the resources from the days....

That’s Quality! Universities - #TQ18uni - took place on 17th and 18th July 2018 at University of Stirling's Stirling Court Hotel. We welcomed 25 delegates from 14 universities across Scotland and were also delighted to have Helen Lomax from Ako Aotearoa, New Zealand join us for a day. The two-day event included sessions on ‘hot topics’ in the HE sector with Peter Tormey from Edinburgh Napier University delivering a talk on widening access as well as sessions on the Enhancement Theme by Ailsa Crum from QAA Scotland and Nicky Andrews from Glasgow Caledonian University and the Student-Led Project by William Hasty from QAA Scotland. We were also pleased to be joined by representatives from our partner agencies: the Scottish Funding Council, QAA Scotland, and NUS Scotland as well as Erica Hensens from the University of Stirling, to discuss the importance of student engagement in quality enhancement.

That’s Quality! Colleges - #TQ18college - took place on 8th and 9th August 2018 at West Park Conference Centre in Dundee. Following student feedback, we piloted a two-day residential event this year for 37 delegates from 20 colleges across Scotland which proved successful! We were also pleased to be joined by representatives from our partner agencies: the Scottish Funding Council, Education Scotland, and NUS Scotland as well as Rob McDermott from Forth Valley College for an informative panel activity. The two-day event included sessions on ‘hot topics’ in the sector. Roddy Henry from Inverness College introduced ‘intensification and attainment’ and how projects can align with government priorities and Stephanie Millar from Advance HE provided a session on equality and really thinking about the impact of projects and campaigns. Delegates were also introduced to the college quality arrangements and engaged in useful feedback activities with the sparqs team.

We are pleased to provide a range of materials and resources from the events, including the agendas, presentations, useful quality handbooks for each sector and other relevant sector resources. View the materials from each event via the webpage links below:

In addition, we have adapted the quality handbooks from both events to enable them to be used more widely and would encourage all staff and students interested in quality to have a look at them, accessible via the sparqs Resource Library:

Please contact Steph Kirkham, Development Consultant – steph.kirkham@sparqs.ac.uk for further information about either of these events.

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