Students as partners change programme 2012-13

    Increasing numbers of higher education institutions (HEIs) are engaging students as active partners in the enhancement of institutional approaches to learning.

    As a result of student involvement across our change programmes, the HEA recognises there is significant potential for working with students to support transformative change in their learning experiences.

    Students as Partners is a new change programme from the HEA run in partnership with Birmingham City University and informed by their Student Academic Partners initiative. The programme will help HEIs develop their capacity to involve students in institutional change more rigorously, across areas including:

    • curriculum design;
    • quality assurance and enhancement;
    • student participation in institutional decision making;
    • student transition, progression and achievement.

    A distinctive feature of the programme is that participating teams comprise at least 50 per cent students or student representatives, with appropriate representation from academic staff and senior managers.

    Teams from the institutions listed below are participating in Students as Partners:

    University of Wales Newport - Reducing distress and improving achievement amongst students at Newport

    Kingston University - The Student Academic Development Associate Research Scheme

    University of Ulster - Student Engagement: a catalyst for transformative change

    Birmingham City University - New Student Conversations: From QA to QE

    University of Oxford - Developing practical skills training for Global Health masters students

    Liverpool John Moores University - Student Engagement Initiative

    Manchester Metropolitan University - Design your own course? A new role for students in programme development and curriculum design

    Swansea Metropolitan University and University of Wales: Trinity Saint David - Students as Partners in a Transformed University

    Sheffield Hallam University - Students at the heart of curriculum design

    Newman University, Birmingham - Extending Student Engagement through Curriculum Enhancement