Senior student officers in colleges

Education officers have a vital role in shaping the learning experience in colleges. This is especially the case at a time of dramatic change, as recent years have seen, and therefore support to such officers is a crucial process to which sparqs can contribute.

This means, initially, that induction for such officers requires a clear approach at institutional level, shaped by staff in quality, management and student engagement roles plus of course outgoing education officers. To that end we have produced a guide to developing an effective education officer induction.

Each summer our annual induction and training event That's Quality! helps officers to understand their role, learn about the wider sector landscape and quality arrangements, and meet each other. That’s Quality! is a two-day programme, ordinarily residential, with a pre-event module containing useful background reading, and there is an accompanying Quality Handbook for Colleges which explains some key quality terminology as well as some other relevant sector information. The handbook for 2020-21 will be updated in Autumn 2020. 

We continue to support education officers throughout their year, for instance through our National Education Officers’ Network (NEON), which provides a forum for learning, sharing and networking. NEON normally meets three times a year, involving sessions highlighting institutional and sector practice, developments in quality arrangements, and consultations on topical issues.

Education officers also have opportunities to get involved in various activities at the national level, including sector committees, sparqs’ own College Advisory Group, and the work of national agencies. sparqs’ key contacts will also be in regular touch with education officers and colleagues to discuss our ongoing support on building partnership within institutions.

Student Engagement Framework

sparqs' Student Engagement Awards 2021

22 Jun 2021

sparqs is proud to announce its 2021 Student Engagement Awards to celebrate the tremendous achievements of…


National Education Officers’ Network meeting

20 May 2021

Join us for the final sparqs’ National Education Officers’ Network (NEON) meeting of the 2020-21 academic year, on Thursday 20th…