|10:00||Registration and tea/coffee and pastries on arrival|
|10:30||Welcome and introduction to the day
Professor Sue Rigby, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Development), University of Lincoln
The University of Lincoln: a research-engaged and collaborative community
Video of the keynote is HERE.
|11:30||Showcasing student partnerships – Sharing our experiences
Staff and students from around the country will showcase and share their practice and experiences of working on partnership projects and as change agents through a structured networking activity. We are welcoming over 20 presenters from across FE, HE and skills providers to share their work.
|13:00||Lunch and networking time – with time to add to the Ideas Wall|
|Making it happen workshops
Parallel workshops where participants can gather ideas, advice and guidance on taking forward student partnerships in their college or university
Session 1: The REACT Project: Perspectives on enhancing inclusive approaches to Student Engagement
Session 2: Making student engagement a reality and next steps: Students as Partners in Redesigning the First Year Experience Luke Millard, Stuart Brand, Sam Geary, Jamie Morris – Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching – Birmingham City University
Session 3 – What will a successful student-staff partnership look like in 2020?
Session 4 – Youth Justice Live! Engaging Students in Curriculum Development
Session 5: Putting learning and teaching partnerships into practice Dr Abbi Flint, Research Manager, Higher Education Academy (HEA)
|15:00||Student Panel – Where next: how do we continue to sustain student staff partnerships?
Students from further and higher education share their experiences of working as change agents in partnership with staff.Video of the student panel session is HERE.
‘Making it Happen’ Workshops
|Session 1:||The REACT Project: Perspectives on enhancing inclusive approaches to Student Engagement
Liz Dunne (Director of REACT), Tom Lowe (REACT Project Manager), Dr Stuart Sims (REACT Lead Researcher), Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research and Evaluation – Sheffield Hallam) and Sheffield Hallam students (tbc).REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation) is a HEFCE Catalyst-funded project investigating the impact of a variety of forms of student engagement on the student experience, including retention and attainment. A special focus is on so-called ‘hard to reach’ students, with the aim of embedding Inclusive Student Engagement Opportunities at institutions participation in the project.The purpose of REACT is to identify and share best practice to advance student engagement nationally. In-depth case studies of Student Engagement will allow greater understanding of what works, how and why, along with the development and sharing of open source resources highlighting strategies, tools and frameworks that will enable institutions to learn from, and with, each other. The REACT process combines research alongside development activities in three core institutions (the Universities of Winchester, Exeter and London Metropolitan), with dissemination of findings being paramount in the promotion of evidence-led practices. In addition, REACT works with 12 further universities, so as to promote more effective engagement on a broader national basis.This workshop will engage delegates in REACT activities around perspectives of Student Engagement and so called ‘hard-to-reach’ students to create conversation around these themes amongst delegates. An introduction will be given to the REACT project’s current progress, with information on further resources, toolkits and activities available for delegates. Also a delegation from Sheffield Hallam University will present on their involvement in the REACT project as part of the Collaborative Development Programme, featuring their findings in widening student engagement to BME students to improve attainment and retention.
||Birmingham City University
IMaking student engagement a reality and next steps: Students as Partners in Redesigning the First Year Experience Luke Millard, Stuart Brand, Sam Geary, Jamie Morris – Centre for Enhancement of Learning and Teaching
|Session 3:||What will a successful student-staff partnership look like in 2020?
Peter Chatterton, Clare Killen and Sarah Knight (Change Agents’ Network, Jisc) This session will explore what successful student-staff partnerships will look like in 2020, what the challenges are and how the Jisc Developing successful student staff partnerships online guide and associated resources, can be used to stimulate thinking about how these challenges can be overcome.Starting with a discussion around impact of student-staff partnerships, we’ll look at how impact is being measured, what criteria are being used and whether there is any current evidence of success that can support sustainability.Looking ahead to 2020, we will then explore the future for student-staff partnerships and how these will impact on the everyday lives of students and staff.
|Session 4:||Youth Justice Live! Engaging Students in Curriculum Development
Sue Bond-Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of LincolnYouth Justice Live! was developed as a strategy to promote collaborative approaches to the design and delivery of a new Youth Justice module in the University of Lincoln’s School of Social & Political Sciences. This workshop, run by staff and students on the project, will investigate delegates’ attitudes to and experiences of collaborative curriculum design, including perceptions of the rewards and challenges of collaboration to both staff and students, the nature of the roles and responsibilities which students can take on, and where the limits to student involvement might lie. Through this discussion, delegates will reflect upon the ways in which such collaborative approaches demand a reconsideration of hierarchical power relations and processes of ‘knowledge’ production within higher education.
|Session 5:||Putting learning and teaching partnerships into practice
Abbi Flint, Higher Education Academy (HEA) In 2015 the Higher Education Academy launched the Framework for Student Engagement though Partnership, informed by the growing evidence base around students as partners and through collaboration with the sector. The framework aims to provide a structure for partners to reflect on, explore and develop practice and policy, and is specifically focused on engagement through partnership in learning and teaching.Since the publication of the framework, the HEA have commissioned and published a number of practical resources to help colleagues and students develop and sustain learning and teaching partnerships.This interactive workshop will begin with a very brief overview introduction to the framework with the majority of the time dedicated to giving you opportunity to explore the practical resources, and use these to reflect on your own approach to partnership.The session will be of interest to colleagues and students interested in exploring learning and teaching partnerships including:
Links to published HEA resources will be shared at the end of the session along with signposting to recent HEA research on student engagement through partnership.