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Following sparqs’ recent conference in Edinburgh, the third annual Student Engagement Awards were also held to recognise and celebrate good practice in student engagement across Scottish colleges and universities.

The winners and runners up:

University Impact

An initiative delivered by a students’ association, or led by a students’ association in partnership with their university, which has had a significant impact on enhancing the student learning experience.


Peer Learning and Support at Edinburgh – Edinburgh University Students’ Association and The University of Edinburgh.

Runners up

  • RATE Awards: Recognising Best Practice that Enhances the Entirety of the Teaching and Learning Process – University of Stirling Students’ Union and the University of Stirling.
  • The Student Voice – Glasgow School of Art Students’ Association and Glasgow School of Art.

College Impact

Same as above but in partnership with their college.


Student Partnership Agreement: A Dynamic Approach Using an Online Ideas System – City of Glasgow College Students’ Association and City of Glasgow College.

Runners up

  • Enhancing Class Representation to Improve Quality and the Learner Experience – Glasgow Clyde College Students’ Association and Glasgow Clyde College.
  • Make our College SPARKLE (Support, Partnership, Alliance, Representation, Knowledge, Learning and Evaluation): Students as Partners in Evaluation and Improvement – West Lothian College and West Lothian College Students’ Association.

Shaping the Curriculum

A co-curricular initiative or project (focusing, for example, on students working in partnership with their college or university on curriculum design, curriculum delivery or assessment) which has had a positive impact on student learning across the college or university.


A Whole Institution Approach on Embedding Intercultural Skills into the Curriculum at GCU – Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association.

Runners up

  • Abertay University’s Co-Curricular Research Volunteer Scheme and a Student-Led Evaluation of its Impact – Abertay University.
  • ‘Be Engaged – Market Day’: Promoting Entrepreneurship – New College Lanarkshire.

Engaging Diversely

An initiative delivered by a students’ association, or led by a students’ association in partnership with their college or university, which demonstrates a clear commitment to developing student engagement activities that reflect the diversity of the student population.


Make a Difference – Dynamic Learning Initiative – City of Glasgow College.

Runners up

  • ESTABLISH: The Student-led Year-long Induction – Edinburgh Napier University.
  • STEP UP Module for Articulation Students – University of Dundee.

University Course Rep of the Year


Finlay Allmond, University of Stirling.

College Course Rep of the Year


Dionne Netherington, Perth College UHI.

For more info on the award winners, see: https://www.sparqs.ac.uk/culture.php?page=747.

Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland (sparqs) is an independent charitable organisation, funded by SFC, to deliver Scottish Government objectives related to quality and student engagement and participation in colleges and universities.