sparqs' News

sparqs' team news 13 Oct 2021

We are pleased to have recently welcomed two new Development Consultants to the sparqs core staff team, Gloria Laurini and Patrycja Mitrut. Between them they bring a great balance of both experience and knowledge, and we look forward to working… Read More

Our November and December SESN meetings are open to book 13 Oct 2021

Bookings are open for the next two meetings of our Student Engagement Staff Network, taking place online on Thursday 4th November and Tuesday 7th December  2021, both from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  The network is aimed at staff in universities and colleges with student engagement and academic… Read More

Our November and December NEON meetings are open to book 13 Oct 2021

Join us for the next two sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) meetings of the 2021-22 academic year, on Thursday 11th November and Thursday 9th December 2021, both taking place online, from 10.00am until 1.00pm.   The network is designed to be a space for… Read More

sparqs' 2021-22 Course Rep Training is open for institutions to book! 13 Oct 2021

FAO Course Rep Training organisers.....if sparqs delivers your training and you've not already got your sessions arranged, please get your booking requests in.  As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year's training is continuing in an online format, and… Read More

Digital Student Communities: Resources from Year 1 of the Student-led Project are now live! 13 Oct 2021

As part of the current Enhancement Theme – ‘Resilient Learning Communities’ - sparqs and QAA Scotland are working collaboratively to facilitate the delivery of the Student-led Project (SLP). The SLP engages student officers from across the sector to input and… Read More

sparqs’ contribution to new global resource on students as partners in assessment 13 Oct 2021

sparqs was delighted to participate in Advance HE’s global member benefit project “Students as Partners in Assessment” in spring 2021, whose final resource has just been published. Shaped by ongoing conversations during the pandemic about the value of student as… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Megan Doherty 13 Oct 2021

In this interview, we talk to Megan Doherty, former Student Voice Support Officer at Dundee University Students’ Association and graduate of Politics and International Relations at the University of Dundee. She has been involved in Y7, the official youth engagement… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Sam Smith 13 Oct 2021

In this interview, we talk to Sam Smith, former National Vice President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA), who recently led a project for New Zealand’s higher education quality body, the Academic Quality Agency (AQA). Sam graduated with a Bachelor of… Read More

That’s Quality! 2021 events roundup 19 Aug 2021

Over the summer we held our annual induction events for college and university student officers. The focus of both events was the impact of COVID-19 on the quality landscape for education officers. It was fantastic to have so many enthusiastic… Read More

sparqs' support to student officers for 2021-22 19 Aug 2021

Around June/July each year, we usually post out welcome packs, including some key sparqs' resources, to new and returning student officers with an education remit.  As we were still working from home, we instead sent welcome emails this year, highlighting sparqs'… Read More

sparqs' 2021-22 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 19 Aug 2021

Bookings are now open for institutions to request sparqs' 2021-22 Course Rep Training ....for delivery from week beginning Monday 20th September 2021 onwards. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, this year's training is continuing in an online format, and… Read More

Meet our Associate Trainer team for 2021-22 19 Aug 2021

We are delighted to introduce our excellent team of student Associate Trainers (ATs) for the coming academic year. The team includes eight newly-recruited trainers and six returners from previous years, including one trainer who is returning for her fifth year… Read More

SESN on 14th September 2021 is open to book! 19 Aug 2021

Bookings are open for the next meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network, taking place online on Tuesday 14th September 2021 from 10.00am until 1.00pm.  The network is aimed at staff in universities and colleges with student engagement and academic representation development roles. Our agenda for the… Read More

NEON on 30th September 2021 is open to book! 19 Aug 2021

Join us for the first sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) meeting of the 2021-22 academic year, on Thursday 30th September 2021, from 10.00am until 1.00pm.   The network is designed to be a space for officers to network and work on issues together in a… Read More

We are recruiting a Development Consultant! - closing date 12noon on 16th July 06 Jul 2021

We are currently recruiting a Development Consultant to join the staff team We are seeking an enthusiastic, dedicated and committed individual to help contribute to our vision and strategy, and to deliver a range of activities, including training, consultancy support and research and… Read More

Save the dates for the next SESN and NEON meetings! 06 Jul 2021

We've now set dates for our next series of staff and officer network meetings, SESN and NEON respectively, taking us up until the end of 2021, so please hold them in diaries if relevant!  Both networks are continuing to run more… Read More

Student Engagement Awards and Celebrating Success Report 2021 06 Jul 2021

Congratulations to all of our Student Engagement Award-winners and thanks to everyone who joined us on 22nd June for the Awards ceremony, which also included the launch of our report Celebrating Successful Partnerships in 2020-21. The report features many of the… Read More

Updated SLE resource: suggested questions for course reps 06 Jul 2021

We are pleased to launch our updated resource, Suggested questions for course reps: COVID-19 edition (2021-22), designed to help course reps gather crucial student feedback during the ongoing health crisis. As we come to the beginning of a new academic… Read More

That's Quality! events reminder ....last chance to sign up for TQ Universities! 06 Jul 2021

A reminder that our That's Quality! summer induction events for new college and university student officers (and staff who support them) are still open for registrations.   Both events will again be taking place online, and while they are taking place over… Read More

Our That's Quality! 2021 online events are open to book! 08 Jun 2021

We are pleased to announce that our That's Quality! summer induction events for new college and university student officers (and staff who support them) are now open for registrations.  Both events will again be taking place online, and while they are… Read More

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National Education Officers’ Network meeting

9 Dec 2021

Join us for the next sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON).  The network was set up in 2019…

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Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

7 Dec 2021

This is the third meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) for the 2021-22 year, and the last…

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