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sparqs 2018-19 Associate Trainer recruitment is open for applications - deadline 12 noon, Tues 8th May! 19 Mar 2018

Calling all course reps and apprentices!  Do you have experience as a course rep and will be a student during 2018-19? Or...... Will you be an apprentice during 2018-19, or are you a recent graduate apprentice wishing to develop your core skills? ....if so, and you would… Read More

sparqs ARC Network - May 2018 meeting is open for bookings! 19 Mar 2018

Registration is now open for our next Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting, taking place on Wednesday 9th May 2018 at University of Stirling Students' Union.  Our third and final meeting of the 2017-18 academic year has a packed and exciting agenda, with two sessions on course reps… Read More

sparqs PGR project - call for contributors! 19 Mar 2018

We are delighted to announce that, based on sector interest and demand, sparqs is commencing a project to explore and develop practice in the engagement of postgraduate research (PGR) students. Over the coming year we will be looking at various aspects… Read More

Review of the Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges: Gathering the Student Voice 19 Mar 2018

A review of the existing standards for lecturers in Scotland’s colleges is currently being conducted by the College Development Network (CDN) on behalf of the Scottish Government. sparqs has been tasked with ensuring that students have the opportunity to be… Read More

Students leading on key Enhancement Themes project 19 Mar 2018

sparqs is delighted to be working with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Scotland and students from a range of Scottish universities on a project titled: Responding to the Student Voice: Communicating the Impact.  This project is part of the current… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON.... University of Strathclyde's one minute feedback 19 Mar 2018

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features the University of Strathclyde’s one minute feedback system, which is used to gather attendance at lectures whilst also motivating students to actively feed back at the end of class. Comments are responded to at the beginning… Read More

sparqs Strategic Planning – looking ahead to 2021... 09 Mar 2018

sparqs Trustee Board is pleased to announce that we have started a planning process to develop a strategic plan to guide our work until 2021.  Since the launch of its last plan in 2013 sparqs has made great strides in promoting… Read More

How good is our college? update 09 Mar 2018

HGIOC reports released The first pilot year of HGIOC has been completed with college Evaluation Reports and Enhancement Plans (EREPs) for 2017 published and available on the Education Scotland website. The reports are interesting and provide a wealth of information which will… Read More

QAA Scotland Focus On Feedback from Assessment event: 22nd March 2018 09 Mar 2018

.Registration is still open for QAA Scotland's Focus On: Feedback from Assessment event on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. The event will showcase work undertaken in support of the nation-wide Focus On project and will explore the following topics: Institutional approaches… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Kerry Harrison 09 Mar 2018

In this interview, we talk to Kerry Harrison, President (Education and Welfare) of Robert Gordon University Students’ Union. Previously she studied Management with HR and got involved with the union through the Mental Wellbeing Society. 1. You’re coming to the end… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Cathy Bovill 09 Mar 2018

In this interview, we talk to Cathy Bovill, Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement at The University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Academic Development. Previously she worked at the University of Glasgow for nine years. 1. Can you start off by telling us… Read More

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

sparqs is running 2 workshops to enable college student officers and course reps to contribute to CDN’s current review of the existing Professional Standards for Lecturers in Scotland’s Colleges.  The events are taking place on Tuesday 27th February in Edinburgh and Tuesday 6th March… 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

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

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

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Academic Representation Co-ordinators' Network Meeting

9 May 2018

Our third and final Academic Representation Co-ordinators’ network meeting of the 2017-18 academic year has a…

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