This is a short blog post to recount my experience of running a workshop on the Change Agents’ Network at the sparqs national conference in Edinburgh on Friday 29 May in conjunction with Simon Walker (University of Greenwich) and Mark Kerrigan (Anglia Ruskin University). Interestingly, we heard that sparqs (student participation in quality Scotland) is changing its name – replacing “participation” with “partnership” – reflecting a growing focus on the importance of partnership approaches for driving change in institutions across the UK.
Our workshop focused on the following:
- Our case studies of student-staff partnerships
- The student partnership toolkit (designed to support institutions in setting up and implementing student-staff partnerships)
- The recently launched Journal of educational innovation, partnership and change
- The Jisc institutional change leader award, accredited by SEDA.
There was considerable interest in our various activities and resources and participants were keen to identify actions they would take to engage with our network and its resources.
Our workshop was chaired by Phil McGuinness (development advisor at sparqs) who has recently joined the CAN steering group and we look forward to this facilitating greater collaboration between sparqs and CAN and extending CAN ideas and initiatives into Scotland.