sparqs' News - 2022

That's Quality! 2022 roundup 22 Sep 2022

That’s Quality! is our annual induction event for new university and college student officers and those who support them. The events are designed to help new officers engage in quality processes at the institutional and national level. To retain the benefits… Read More

A roundup from our 2022 residential event for Course Rep Trainers 22 Sep 2022

The AT/IAT residential has returned! sparqs recently delivered its comprehensive training event for 2022-23 course rep trainers. Back as an in-person event for the first time since 2019, staff and trainees were pleased to gather at the beautiful University of Stirling… Read More

SPOTLIGHT ON... Edinburgh University's Students as Change Agents programme 22 Sep 2022

This ‘SPOTLIGHT ON’ features the Students as Change Agents (SACHA) programme run by the University of Edinburgh. A skills development project open to students from across the university, participants are presented with complex challenges set by external organisations, and are… Read More

Reminder: sparqs' 2022-23 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 22 Sep 2022

A reminder that bookings are open for sparqs' Course Rep Training during 2022-23! All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage. Please read the booking guidance before arranging your sessions and requesting dates.. CRT delivered by sparqs This year's Introductory CRT is continuing in… Read More

2022-23 SESN and NEON reminder - book now for the first events! 22 Sep 2022

A reminder that we recently published the 2022-23 dates for our staff and officer networks (SESN and NEON), the first meetings of which are open to book!  Both networks will be a mix of in-person and online events, with the… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Conor Naughton 22 Sep 2022

In this interview, we talk to Conor Naughton, Educational Developer at Nottingham Trent University (NTU), a post he started in June 2022, where he specialises in student engagement, transition, and course design. Before that, he served two terms as President… Read More

College student board member training, 1st & 2nd September 2022 25 Aug 2022

Training for student members of college boards of management will be delivered online on the mornings of Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September 2022.  There's still time to register - please sign up ASAP if you would like to attend! Boards of… Read More

2022-23 SESN meetings – book now for September! 25 Aug 2022

After consulting our Student Engagement Staff Network members, for the new academic year we are happy to announce that the first SESN meeting will take place in person, kindly hosted by Strathclyde University SA!  It takes place on Thursday 29th… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Kirsten Koss 25 Aug 2022

In this interview, we talk to Kirsten Koss, who has just finished a part-time sabbatical as Depute President of North East Scotland College (NESCol) Students’ Association, where she led the SA’s representation at its Aberdeen City and Altens campuses and… Read More

2022-23 NEON meetings – book now for October! 25 Aug 2022

We are excited to invite student officers to the first National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) meeting of 2022-23, which will take place in person, at Fife College’s Dunfermline Campus (Carnegie Conference Centre), on Thursday 6th October 2022. For the coming year,… Read More

sparqs' 2022-23 Course Rep Training is open for bookings! 25 Aug 2022

Bookings are now open for Course Rep Training during 2022-23 ....for delivery from week beginning Monday 19th September 2022 onwards. All the information you need is on our main CRT webpage. Please read the booking guidance before arranging your sessions and requesting… Read More

Meet our Associate Trainer team for 2022-23 25 Aug 2022

We are delighted to introduce our excellent team of student Associate Trainers (ATs) for the coming academic year. The team includes 10 newly-recruited trainers and 6 returners from previous years, including one trainer who is returning for her sixth year… Read More

Our Strategic Conversations resource! 23 Jun 2022

As part of the Developing College Students' Associations (DCSA) project, delivered jointly with NUS Charity, sparqs has designed a Methodology for Strategic Conversations, to encourage institutions and students' associations to carry out a structured strategic conversation when in the process of… Read More

Our new Professional Standards Framework for Student Engagement 23 Jun 2022

sparqs is delighted to announce an important new document that will help articulate the value and impact of student engagement staff posts. Our new Professional standards framework for student engagement is the first such publication to offer a definition of the values,… Read More

sparqs staff news! 23 Jun 2022

As many of you may know by now, we have recently welcomed Stef Black back from maternity leave.  We were delighted to welcome Stef back to work in mid-May, and we're very glad to have her back in the team… Read More

Still time to register for That's Quality! Universities 2022! 23 Jun 2022

There's still time to register for That's Quality! Universities, which begins on Wednesday 20th July 2022!  The 2022 event is split into three parts and delegates are required to complete all three elements. The first part is a one-day online event, taking… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Lianne Gagnon 23 Jun 2022

In this interview, we talk to Lianne Gagnon, Director of Student Services at Niagara College, in Ontario, Canada. Lianne has been in the field of education for over 30 years. She taught remedial English and Special Education on the traditional territory… Read More

Book now for our That's Quality! 2022 events! 04 May 2022

We are pleased to announce that our annual That's Quality! events for student officers and students’ association staff are now open for bookings!   The 2022 events are split into three parts and delegates are required to complete all three elements. The first part… Read More

Measuring project progress of sparqs/NUS support to develop college SAs 04 May 2022

As part of the Developing College Students’ Associations (DCSA) project, we are asking all Scottish colleges and their students’ associations (SAs) to answer some questions about SA activities and plans. The project is operated jointly by sparqs and NUS Charity,… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Jodie McNair 04 May 2022

In this interview, we talk to Jodie McNair, Development Officer at Glasgow Clyde College Students’ Association (GCCSA), where she has worked for almost five years. Her first role in the sector was Sports and Societies Intern for Glasgow Caledonian Students’… Read More

ESU call for Quality Assurance Student Experts - Deadline: 15th May 2022 04 May 2022

The European Students’ Union (ESU) currently has a call open for 90 members of their Quality Assurance Student Experts’ Pool for the membership term 2022-23. This call is open for current Pool members as well as for new applicants. Successful… Read More

Save the dates for the 2022 That’s Quality! events 12 Apr 2022

We are pleased to announce the confirmed dates for our annual induction events for student officers and students’ association staff. To retain the benefits of both online and in-person delivery, the 2022 event will be split into three parts. The… Read More

sparqs’ forums combined in-person event – 11th May 2022 12 Apr 2022

After two years of online meetings, sparqs is delighted to announce a combined in-person meeting of its Joint Advisory Group (JAG), National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) and Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN). This will take place on Wednesday 11th May… Read More

Our Education officer “outduction” resource has been updated for 2022 12 Apr 2022

sparqs’ “outduction” resource, which aims to support the career development of departing students’ association education officers, has been updated for 2022. The resource was first published in 2021, in conjunction with Advance HE, College Development Network and NUS Charity. It is… Read More

An update on the Student-led Project: Promoting the Equity of the Student Learning Experience 12 Apr 2022

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 shape a… Read More

Watch the recording from the SCAPP/sparqs event on SE and widening access 12 Apr 2022

Collaboration between sparqs and SCAPP (Scotland’s Community of Access and Participation Practitioners) culminated in an event that showcased practice in the interface of student engagement and widening access and participation. We are delighted to share that the recording from this… Read More

Course Rep Training - planning for 2022-23 12 Apr 2022

We have recently emailed Course Rep Training Co-ordinators to ask Scottish institutions about their plans for delivering Course Rep Training (CRT) in 2022-23. In the majority of cases, Introductory CRT is delivered in one of the following ways. Most of these… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Anne Campbell 12 Apr 2022

In this interview, we talk to Anne Campbell, Vice-Principal (Curriculum) at Ayrshire College. She has worked in the college sector for over 20 years and has occupied various learning and teaching positions throughout her career. Before joining Ayrshire College, Anne… Read More

Reminder: sparqs is recruiting student Associate Trainers! 12 Apr 2022

A reminder that our sparqs 2022-23 Associate Trainer recruitment is open for applications - deadline 9.00am, Wednesday 4th May 2022! .Calling all student reps! Do you have experience as a course/apprentice or other representative role? Will you be a student or apprentice during 2022-23? ....if… Read More

sparqs is recruiting student Associate Trainers! 22 Mar 2022

sparqs 2022-23 Associate Trainer recruitment is open for applications - deadline 9.00am, Wednesday 4th May 2022! .Calling all student reps! Do you have experience as a course/apprentice or other representative role? Will you be a student or apprentice during 2022-23? ....if so, and you would… Read More

Book now for our NEON event on 7th April 22 Mar 2022

There's still plenty time to book for the next meeting of our National Education Officers' Network (NEON), taking place online, from 10.00am until 1.00pm, on Thursday 7th April 2022. See the event booking page for further information and to register to attend.  The NEON network is… Read More

Last chance to book for SESN on 24th March 22 Mar 2022

Last chance to register for the next meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN), taking place this Thursday, 24th March 2022 - online, from 10.00am until 1.00pm, See the event booking page for further details and to register to attend.  The SESN network is aimed at staff in universities and… Read More

Recent SQA Announcements – NQ summer exams 22 Mar 2022

SQA has recently announced some specific guidelines that affect this year’s NQ exams (National Qualifications). These are generally the courses delivered at school level, including Nat 5s and Highers; but the news will also be of interest to college students’… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Sofia Khan 22 Mar 2022

In this interview, we talk to Sofia Khan, Access and Participation Coordinator at University of Strathclyde Students’ Association. She has been in her current post since January 2020, in which she delivers the students’ association’s support to a range of… Read More

Register for our February and March SESN meetings 16 Feb 2022

Bookings are open for the next two meetings of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN).  See below for details of the February and March dates and how to register to attend, as well as how to keep yourself in the… Read More

Our March and April NEON meetings are open to book 16 Feb 2022

Bookings are open for the next two meetings of our National Education Officers' Network (NEON).  See below for details of the March and April dates and how to register to attend, as well as how to keep yourself in the loop… Read More

sparqs' support to college SAs through changes in the quality landscape 16 Feb 2022

Work is underway to design a joint quality framework for colleges and universities, as recommended by the SFC Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability published in June 2021. In the meantime, quality arrangements in colleges and universities must continue and… Read More

Student engagement in widening access and participation event: 29th March 2022 16 Feb 2022

sparqs is thrilled to be working with SCAPP (Scotland’s Community of Access and Participation Practitioners) on an event aimed to showcase how students and students’ associations can shape the policy and practice of widening access and participation. Featuring staff and student… Read More

'Talking Student Engagement' Interview with Charlotte Britton-Stevens 16 Feb 2022

In this interview, we talk to Charlotte Britton-Stevens, Union Development Project Manager at NUS Charity. She has held many roles within NUS and the wider student movement, and was a student officer at Swansea University. Currently, she leads the SFC-funded Developing… Read More

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National Education Officers’ Network meeting

6 Oct 2022

This is the first meeting of our National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) for academic year 2022-23, which will…

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