Our second strategic aim commits us to support the development of practices and activities in institutions and their students’ associations that encourage and support student engagement. You can read the full detail of strategic aim 2 on page 7 of our Strategic Plan 2013-18.
Like the rest of our work, partnership is key to supporting institutions. Partly this is about developing effective mechanisms of representation that allow students' associations and institutions to learn from the valuable experiences and perspectives of student representatives.
Supporting the development of strong and effective college students' associations is also therefore a key area of our work, having been a key focus, in partnership with NUS Scotland, since the college regionalisation process which began back in 2012.
But another key part of this is equipping and developing staff with the tools to engage students and work effectively with those representatives. This is especially true on important and expanding areas of work such as co-creation of the curriculum.
We also provide a range of training and support to institutions and students' associations who are engaging with internal and external review processes.
A more recent area of work is around the Apprentice Voice, supporting institutions to bring through the apprentice voice at college and supporting employers to bring through the apprentice voice in the workplace.
Gender Action Plans have been very much on the agenda for colleges and universities (and for sparqs in terms of support) since the Scottish Funding Council launched it's Gender Action Plan in 2016, setting out targets for tackling the long-standing problem of gender imbalance within colleges and universities.
You can find more about our Supporting Institutions pages in the links on the right under "This section".
sparqs' lead member of staff for Supporting Institutions is David Scott. You can contact him with any questions about this area of our work.