sparqs' News

sparqs ARC Network - November registration and future dates! 28 Sep 2017

We are delighted to announce the dates for our 2017-18 Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meetings, the first of which is open for bookings!  The network brings together academic representation and student engagement staff from universities, colleges and students’ associations across Scotland to learn, share… Read More

That's Quality Events Roundup! 28 Sep 2017

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. Read More

ESPAQ Project Update 28 Sep 2017

A timely update on ESPAQ (Enhancing Student Participation in Quality Assurance in Armenian HE) as the 3-year project approaches the end. sparqs has been a key partner in the EU Tempus project, which has been working to develop and embed… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... Stirling University Students' Union and University of Stirling 28 Sep 2017

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features the University of Stirling Students’ Union award-winning partnership project with the University of Stirling, to undertake an enhancement-driven review of their existing arrangements for Student Representation and Engagement within quality processes. In early June 2016, the Students'… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Kat Bateson 28 Sep 2017

In this interview we talk to Kat Bateson, a Student Engagement Assistant with the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, the students’ association of the University of the Highlands and Islands. She is a former student officer of Inverness College UHI… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Dale Whelehan 28 Sep 2017

In this interview we talk to Dale Whelehan, Education Officer and Deputy President for 2016/17 at Trinity College Dublin Students' Union in Ireland. Outside his sabbatical year he is a student of physiotherapy, and this past year was involved in… Read More

TEF panel member and assessor opportunities for students and staff! 28 Sep 2017

HEFCE is currently seeking to appoint high-calibre individuals to work as panel members and assessors for the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Roles are open to students, academics and employer/widening participation experts across the UK (regardless of whether their institution has… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Raziya Isayeva 24 Jul 2017

In this interview we talk to Raziya Isayeva, Development Director at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan. Besides this role she teaches management and is studying a PhD in Educational Leadership, and has been involved in European conversations around strengthening student… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... New College Lanarkshire's 'Be Engaged' Programme 24 Jul 2017

This ‘Spotlight On” features the “Be Engaged” programme created by the Students’ Association and the Learner Engagement Team at New College Lanarkshire, designed to increase the engagement of students in a wide range of activities outside the classroom and provide… Read More

sparqs Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 24 Jul 2017

Bookings are now open for sparqs Course Rep Training during 2017-18 ....for delivery from week beginning 11th September 2017 onwards.  This year's materials also include the newly-developed training for taught postgraduate reps. All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage.  Please read… Read More

sparqs is recruiting! 24 Jul 2017

We are currently recruiting a Development Consultant to join the staff team  (1 year maternity cover) Applications are now closed - article for reference only, until the recruitment process is complete. We are seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the team on a… Read More

That's Quality! 2017 events are open for bookings! 21 Jun 2017

Our two annual quality induction events, one for the university sector and one for the college sector, are now open for bookings!  They are aimed at new and returning student officers with an education remit and SA staff. Both events aim to equip participants with the knowledge and ability to use the… Read More

Welcome to our 2017-18 Associate Trainer team 21 Jun 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of an excellent team of student Associate Trainers for the coming academic year. The new team, including four returners from previous years, will begin delivering Course Rep Training from September 2017 onwards. Their induction process begins… Read More

sparqs at #ETConf17 21 Jun 2017

sparqs was delighted to participate in the 3rd International Enhancement in Higher Education Conference run by the Enhancement Themes team at QAA Scotland, which was held in Glasgow from 6th-8th June 2017. The conference, attended by hundreds of delegates from across… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Jodie Waite 21 Jun 2017

In this interview we talk to Jodie Waite, incoming Vice-President (Education) of NUS Scotland for 2017-18. In 2016-17 she has been Vice-President for the Glasgow School of Business and Society at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Students’ Association, and served a previous… Read More

That's Quality! 2017 induction events for college and university officers - save the dates! 15 May 2017

The dates have now been confirmed for our annual induction events for officers.... That’s Quality! Universities 2017 will take place on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th of July; and That's Quality! Colleges 2017 will take place on Wednesday 9th August. Both events… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... Edinburgh University Students' Association's student-led Project Myopia 15 May 2017

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features Edinburgh University Students’ Association’s award-winning student-led project to improve the diversity of curricula. In early 2017, two University of Edinburgh students, Rianna Walcott and Toby Sharpe, started working with University of Edinburgh’s Students’ Association (EUSA) to develop ‘Project… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Simon Boehme 15 May 2017

In this interview we talk to Simon Boehme, Director of Student Engagement at The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education based in Oakland, California, which has been established to explore new ideas in quality assurance. Simon also serves… Read More

Development opportunity for student officers - public appointments introductory workshop: Friday 9th June! (event subsequently postponed) 15 May 2017

Please note that the event referred to below has unfortunately been postponed, as at the end of May, due to lack of sign-up.  If and when it is rescheduled we will readvertise it. sparqs and NUS Scotland have been working with the… Read More

#sparqs17 Conference and Awards round-up! 07 Apr 2017

.A huge thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to the sparqs Conference on Thursday 23rd March 2017, at Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh!  The day was a great success, with a fantastic turnout of around 200 delegates from Scotland and all over… Read More

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Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ Network Meeting

29 Nov 2017

This first Academic Representation Coordinators’ network meeting of the 2017-18 academic year will include a major…