Student Partners are employed to work collaboratively with colleagues within each academic department. Student Partners help to enhance the student experience, focusing on teaching and learning projects which support the School Teaching Enhancement Action Plans. Student Partners are employed centrally by the Academic Development and Enhancement team in the Centre for Quality Support and Development (CQSD-ADE), although their project work is based within their academic department.
Student Partners engage in a range of T&L projects, which may include; researching and presenting ideas for educational change and innovation; co-creating student-facing resources; and providing real-time feedback and problem solving.
The ADE Student Partners, Emma Pullen, Tom Hudson and Rahasia Ferrer, focus on building a sense of community and supporting the development of the wider Student Partner team.
''Hi, I’m Tom, a 3rd year BSc Accounting and Finance student currently working as an ADE Student Partner. Having previously been a Student Partner within my department I have seen the scheme’s transformative and durable impact first hand benefiting both student satisfaction and outcomes. In my new role as an ADE Student Partner, I support the students on the scheme as well as the staff they work with, to drive the greatest positive impact on teaching and learning at the university. Moreover, I’m keen to advance both a sense of community and visibility for the scheme, making it ever more rewarding for the students taking part and promoting its outputs to the wider university community.''
Tom Hudson, (ADE Student Partner)
''Hello there! My name is Rahasia and I am currently studying MSci Applied Psychology (Clinical). I am also currently employed as an Academic Development & Enhancement (ADE) Student Partner as part of the Centre for Quality Support & Development (CQSD) team. My role as an ADE Student Partner consists of working alongside Student Partners and Academic Staff Partners to provide support for the enhancement of teaching and learning. This includes working in partnership with different university departments and services to provide support and further training to enhance the student experience aligned to the university’s strategic priorities of improving student engagement and learning overall."
Rahasia Ferrer, (ADE Student Partner)
|''Hi, my name is Emma. I am a Mature student in my 3rd year of BA Education Studies. Last year I was lucky enough to be the student partner for the IoE working in collaboration with staff on events and projects. It was such a great experience and now I'm lucky enough with my role as ADE Student Partner to support of whole new group of students plan and run their projects. Alongside my fellow ADE Student Partners, I am looking forward to seeing what exciting projects come along this year to enhance the student experience.''
Emma Pullen, (ADE Student Partner)
|''My role as a student partner in the department of economics allowed me to gain a better understanding of the views of students studying different economics degrees regarding assessment feedback, briefs, rubrics and mark schemes. I did this via interviews in which I asked a series of questions, some of which were open questions, and therefore allowed me to gain more detailed feedback.''
|''I greatly enjoyed my role as a Student Partner. As an international student, this position has allowed me to come out of my comfort zone and get to know more people in the Department. It has allowed me to meet and talk to fellow students and staff.''
|''My role as a student partner gave me more understanding of how it is to work as a crucial stakeholder in my own programme, department, school, and university. It opened my eyes to various perspectives of academic and non-academic work and how we can foster the spirit of collaboration and participation in issues that need concrete, apt, and context-based solutions.''
|''Being a student partner made me appreciate the value of listening and being able to appreciate the strengths and points for improvement of ideas and people and harness individual strengths in achieving significant changes to the academic community of the university.''
|''My role as a student partner enabled me to have the chance to work closely with partner lectures within my school to work on a shared goal. Our specific project was centred around how students engage with feedback on assignments. The project used focus groups to gather information to generate a qualitative report on the findings.''
Training and development
All Student Partners will be required to undertake 1 hour of online training in October 2022, facilitated by CQSD-ADE team. On-going development and peer support activities will be scheduled to support Student Partners in their role and provide opportunities to connect with the wider Student Partner team.
Timesheets and Pay
Student Partners will work on their projects collaboratively with academic staff within their department. The hours completed against the partnership project will need to be submitted via the Campus Jobs timesheets portal. Student Partners can claim for hours worked towards their partnership project which may include research, meetings, preparation for workshops/events, running and attending focus groups/workshops etc.
Blended learning resources created in partnership with students
Evaluating teaching and closing the feedback loop