2018 CAN conference – University of Winchester

CAN 2018: Championing studeSarah Tweet photont-staff partnership in an age of change
19- 20 April 2018, University of Winchester

  • Presentations from the conference are  linked to the session on this page.
  • Storify from the CAN 2018 conference is here.     
  • The full programme from the conference is available here.    
  • Here’s what some of the delegates said:


  • Please have a read of a blog post by Brad Forsyth & Jake Forecast from Epping Forest College which is  here.

“[One of my] My top  take aways which will be bearing fruit in my own institution will be –   Going with a student and seeing the conference through his eyes – he loved the conference artist idea and I spoke to the artist about skills needed for this role at  the conference with the plan to recruit some art students to perform this role at a conference in our University.”  (Jasper Shotts – University of Lincoln)

Sam Jenkins (@carnjig) “That students really do have the power to bring real change to their universities and their communities, and their voice will be listened to if it is used! Let’s encourage even more students to be involved in the #changemaking process @_UoW @winchestersu @CANagogy #CAN18″

Wise Wales (@Wise_Wales) “#CAN18 was incredibly interesting, and it was a pleasure to meet so many inspirational individuals. The graphic minutes here really sum up the two days perfectly!”
Kiu Sum (@KiuSum) “1 thing I have taken away from the conference? Collaborating with others is important to create something bigger (and or something new) and making meaningful impacts to the wider population! #studentaspartners#studentengagement
I just wanted to thank you for organizing such a splendid conference in Winchester last week. I really enjoyed myself, and was both informed and inspired by the presentations I saw. Congratulations on such a successful event! (Dr Cindy Becker, University of Reading)”Many thanks for inviting myself and Brad to the Change Agency Network Conference today. I really enjoyed the event, and will use the ‘workshops’ today to reflect on my practice and to enhance Epping Forest College learner experience.” (Jake Forecast – Epping Forest College)



Welcome from thimage002e University of Winchester:

The University of Winchester  hosted the 7th annual Change Agents’ Network (CAN) Conference,  supported by Jisc. We were delighted to be taking the batten from the University of Exeter who hosted the successful 2017 CAN Conference.

The University of Winchester has excelled in student engagement practices since c.2012, championing student involvement at all levels of the university to enhance the student experience. Student engagement is a key priority in for the institution, which ensures innovation in the educational experience through a range of student engagement initiatives. One such initiative is the Student Fellow Scheme, which sees 60 students working in partnership with members of staff from across the institution to work on educationally developmental and student experience enhancing projects. The University of Winchester is excited to be hosting the CAN Conference once again, after a successful experience hosting in 2014. We look forward to welcoming our delegates to this historic university and beautiful city.

image001Welcome from Jisc:
‘We recognise the valuable initiatives students are involved in as change agents and in working as partners in transforming their educational experiences – whether this be in co-designing the curriculum, supporting staff and their peers with the development of their digital capabilities, working as student researchers, or in enhancing their employability. This conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate this innovative practice, to share what works and to learn from each other. We are delighted to bring together the rich tapestry of practice across both further education and skills and higher education, and to have students leading this event.’
Sarah Knight, Head of change: student experience, Jisc

CAN2017Building on CAN 2017 at the University of Exeter
In June 2017, 180 students and staff from across UK further and higher education gathered at the University of Exeter to share best practice from their work on partnership/change agency projects and how this was driving forward change within their institutions. This was an inspiring event and showcased the innovation and enthusiasm students have for working in partnership with staff to improve and enhance their educational experiences. You can view the summary of this event together with the presentations and recordings here.