Supporting the Sector

Many aspects of learning and teaching in universities and colleges are shaped or decided at a national level by various sector agencies and their committees. We work at this level to contribute to these discussions and help students play a part in them.

There are a wide range of agencies and representative bodies for Scotland's universities and colleges, and we work closely with them all. You can find out more about them via their websites, which you can find on the bottom of our home page.

See our Quality Arrangements page for information on how the sector ensures that the education that happens at colleges and universities is as good as possible.  In June 2021, the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) published its final report of its Review of Coherent Provision and Sustainability. One of the recommendations in the report was to develop a single tertiary approach to quality for colleges and universities.  This new approach seeks to put the experiences of students at the centre of the sector’s approach to quality. To facilitate this, SFC commissioned sparqs to develop a shared sector reference point - the Student Learning Experience model, launched in October 2023.

Within this section of our website you can also find out about our engagement with sector meetings and how we support student engagement in them. You can also read about our work around learner journeys and our contribution to sector work around student mental health and wellbeing

See our jobs board for details of sector vacancies related to student engagement. The page is regularly updated with current roles.

You can find more about our Supporting the Sector pages in the links on the right under "This section".

sparqs' lead member of staff for Supporting the Sector is currently Eve Lewis and you are welcome to get in touch with her regarding any questions about this work.

Student Engagement Framework

That's Quality! Colleges

15 Jul 2024

This event is a three-part package, as detailed below. ~ Part 1:  half-day college online event - Monday…


That's Quality! Universities

15 Jul 2024

This event is a three-part package, as detailed below. ~ Part 1:  half-day university online event - Monday…