sparqs' News

Opportunity for college officers to contribute to CDN’s 'How Good is Your Quality?' conference on 26th January 2018 11 Jan 2018

sparqs is delighted to be delivering a session on how the Student Engagement Framework could be further embedded into the new college Quality Arrangements at  CDN's How Good is Your Quality? conference on Friday 26th January 2018 in Stirling. Active student engagement in… Read More

Last chance to submit proposals for the QAA Enhancement Themes Conference! 11 Jan 2018

The deadline for submitting proposals for QAA Scotland's annual Enhancement Themes conference in June has been extended until Tuesday 16th January!  The conference is the 15th Enhancement Conference - Evaluation, Evidence and Enhancement: inspiring staff and students.  It is taking place on Thursday 7th June 2018,… Read More

sparqs ARC Network - February meeting is open for bookings 11 Jan 2018

Registration is now open for our next Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting, taking place on Tuesday 20th February 2018 at Dundee University Students' Association.  The meeting will include substantial sessions on key developments in the two sectors (HGIOC for colleges and ELIR for universities), including involvement of the… Read More

Opportunity to help shape the Professional Standards for lecturers in Scotland's colleges 11 Jan 2018

sparqs will be running two workshops (in February and March) to enable college student officers and course reps to contribute to the current review of the existing Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges. This is a really exciting opportunity… Read More

Supporting student engagement in Gender Action Plans 11 Jan 2018

In 2016, the Scottish Funding Council published its Gender Action Plan (GAP), setting out ambitious targets for tackling the long-standing problem of gender imbalance within colleges and universities. It stipulates that, by 2030, no individual subject at a Scottish college… Read More

Pledge to take part in the NUS Sustainable Development Goals teach-in! 11 Jan 2018

An article from our colleagues in the NUS Sustainability Department, asking educators across UK universities and colleges to pledge to include the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in their teaching, learning, and assessment during the week of 19th to 23rd… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Josh Gall 11 Jan 2018

In this interview, we talk to Josh Gall, Regional President of the Students’ Association at North East Scotland College. He is in his second sabbatical year, having served a year as Depute President. Previously he studied Social Sciences at the… Read More

sparqs team news! 21 Nov 2017

We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new sparqs Development Consultant, Steph Kirkham, who joined the sparqs team on Monday 20th November 2017. Steph will be with us for the coming year, providing maternity cover while both Stef… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... West College Scotland's MOYA - Minds of Young Artists 21 Nov 2017

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features West College Scotland’s award-winning, student-led Art Production Company – MOYA – Minds of Young Artists. Students from the Art & Design department at West College Scotland (Paisley Campus), have created their own production company, with the aim… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Jim Metcalfe 21 Nov 2017

In this interview we talk to Jim Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the College Development Network (CDN), who he joined in 2017. Previously he worked for the Carnegie UK Trust and Age Concern England, and also in public policy research. He… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Rachael Page 21 Nov 2017

In this interview we talk to Rachael Page, a Community Skills student at Fife College’s ASPIRE Centre (Additional Support Programmes In Real Environments). She is a strong advocate for students with disabilities, has been a course rep, and recently undertook… Read More

Monitoring the Diversity of Course Reps 21 Nov 2017

sparqs is currently working with four institutions – Edinburgh University, Fife College, SRUC and the University of the West of Scotland – on a pilot project to monitor the diversity of course representatives. Establishing the diversity of course reps across Scottish… Read More

Consultation on the future of the UK Quality Code – open until Wednesday 13th December 2017 21 Nov 2017

The UK-wide Standing Committee for Quality Assessment (UKSCQA) which oversees the aspects of the quality arrangements which are shared across the UK, has recently launched a consultation to review the UK Quality Code. In 2012 the UK Quality Code was developed… 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

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

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

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

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Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network Meeting

20 Feb 2018

Our second Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting of the 2017-18 academic year will include substantial sessions…