6 Jul 2020

Forthcoming sparqs' events

A reminder about our events coming up, all of which have been refocused in the light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Please save the dates and/or sign-up to attend.....

If signing up for That's Quality! Universities, please register ASAP, in order that you have enough time to complete the pre-course online module in advance.

Please note the two newly-set SESN dates, which you may not yet have seen - an informal catch-up in October, and a regular network meeting in November. See below to save the dates....

13th & 14th July - That’s Quality! Universities

Our annual 2-day quality induction event for university student officers and those who support them. The event aims to equip participants with the knowledge and ability to use the quality enhancement agenda to deliver change for their students’ learning and teaching experience.  The online format will involve short manageable blocks, spread across the two days.  Please be assured that we are carefully planning the format and timings and will ensure that sufficient breaks are built in. The event also includes a short, online training module containing essential background information, which must be completed prior to the two-day event. 
- see the event booking page for further information and to register to attend. 
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13th & 14th August - That’s Quality! Colleges

Our annual 2-day quality induction event for college officers and those who support them. The event is designed to help new officers engage in quality processes at the college level.  The online format will involve short manageable blocks, spread across the two days.  Please be assured that we are carefully planning the format and will ensure that sufficient breaks are built in. The event also includes a short, online training module containing essential background information, which must be completed prior to the two-day event. 
- see the event booking page for further information and to register to attend.
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Thursday 20th August - NEON informal catch-up for university officers 

While NEON meetings are usually for officers from both sectors, please note that this meeting is aimed at university officers only, as college officers already have our two-day That’s Quality! Colleges event during August and we are mindful of the significant time commitment which that already involves.  See below for the next NEON meeting for both sectors, in October. 
- see the event booking page for more information and to sign-up to join us on 20th August, from 11.00am until 12.30pm. 
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25th-28th August - Residential Training Event for course rep student trainers

Our annual residential training event to equip trainers with the skills and knowledge necessary to fulfil their role delivering a range of Course Rep Training products. The event is for the sparqs' team of Associate Trainers (ATs) as well as Institutional Associate Trainers (IATs) recruited to deliver in-house Course Rep Training by institutions in our IAT scheme. This year, the event has been extended to 4 days, as a result of feedback from last year's event.  Further details and instructions on how to register deleegates will be sent to institutions in the IAT scheme in due course. 
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Wednesday 16th September - Joint Advisory Group (JAG) meeting

Following the JAG meeting on 6th May, it was agreed that a further meeting of this (usually annual) meeting would be beneficial in the Autumn.  JAG brings together our College Advisory Group (CAG) and our University Advisory Group (UAG) to explore joint work areas across the sectors. The meeting held in May was extremely valuable and we thank members for their continued support and involvement.
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Thursday 1st October - SESN informal catch-up

Our second informal, online, catch-up meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network, to allow network members from both colleges and universities to keep in touch and share practice and experiences during the COVID-19 crisis. 
- booking information will open nearer the time, please save the date for now! The session will take place from 3.00pm until 4.30pm. 
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Wednesday 7th October - NEON event for both college and university officers

Our regular National Education Officers' Network event for both college and university student officers with an enducation remit.  
- please save the date for now - registration will open nearer the time. The meeting will take place during the morning, timings TBC.
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Wednesday 18th November - SESN meeting

Our first regular, online, Student Engagement Staff Network meeting of 2020-21, for staff in universities and colleges with student engagement roles and staff with responsibilities for student rep system. 
- the event will open for booking nearer the time, in the meantime please save the date!  The meeting will take up the majority of the day, spaced out with long breaks in between sessions. 

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For queries about any of our events, please don't hesitate to contact us at admin@sparqs.ac.uk 

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