6 Apr 2020

The role of the SA Academic Co-ordinator during COVID-19

As significant changes to learning, teaching, quality and assessment processes are implemented over the coming weeks and months, student engagement has never been more important. From sabbatical officers to course reps, students’ associations and institutions are being asked to find new ways to support student engagement and representation and deliver their activities.

Those in Academic Co-ordinator roles in students’ associations will have responsibility for designing, delivering and supporting significant parts of this work. As we all adjust to this new way of working, sparqs has put together some initial suggestions for areas of focus for Academic Co-ordinators over the coming weeks.

We recognise that this role varies by institution, and so some of the recommendations may not apply at your association, but we hope that this guidance helps you to consider the shape of your work in the coming months and assists you in prioritising your activities.

We were keen to send something out to the sector before sparqs closed for the Easter break, so please note that this guidance document is still in draft form, which has still to be further developed and formatted/designed. In the interim, we hope the draft is useful. It will be updated as the situation progresses and the trajectory of the next few months becomes clearer.

We’ll be reviewing the document when we return from the Easter break, so if you have any suggestions for additions, please send comments by the end of Monday 20th April, to Megan Brown, Development Consultant – megan.brown@sparqs.ac.uk

Please share this article with your students’ association Academic Co-ordinator, and other colleagues with responsibility for academic representation and student engagement within your association or institution.

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