Students as Partners at UNSW

Students as partners is a way of thinking that positions students as change agents who share responsibility for learning and teaching with university staff.  It extends beyond student engagement that fosters active learning; it shifts students from a position of learning from to learning with academics. This enables students to be partners in the creation of knowledge and development of teaching innovations. Staff and students interested in Students as Partners at UNSW are invited to join regular meetings held by the PVC (Education) Portfolio, subscribe to the network mailing list below.

2017 Students as Partners Network Meetings

Save the date for the 2017 Network meetings. All staff and students are invited to attend. 

Thurs 10 August, 10am – 11.30am (postponed)
Thurs 12 October, 10am – 11.30am
Thurs 30 November, 10am – 11.30am 
 
 

Upcoming Network Meeting

Please note: this session has been postponed to October

UNSW Heroes Program

Thursday 10 August | 10.00 - 11.30 pm | Room 208, Ground Floor, Library

In 2013, the UNSW Hero Program became the first educational program in Australia conducted by an operational unit to assist the University in developing the graduate capabilities of its students. The student learning takes place within the learning phases of the program’s framework which link to the twelve graduate capabilities.  

A unique aspect of the program is the opportunity for students to conceptualise and build internal innovation projects aligned with UNSW’s 2025 strategy. The program’s name originates from students ideating projects and acting as Heroes driving positive change within UNSW. This highlights the program’s experiential learning framework focused on career development which provides a safe environment for students to express their creativity, trial and build on their ideas, and learn from their experiences.

The program is open to all students (international and local, undergraduate, postgraduate and research) from all degree disciplines. Participants are selected based on their initiative and willingness to learn. To date over 400 students have completed the program with 181 paid placements opportunities being facilitated.

Ultimately, the program’s objective is to provide graduates with the necessary attributes to innovate within their respective organisations upon graduation, enabling them to succeed in their careers.

 

 

UNSW Hero Program’s Learning Framework

 

Case Studies of Students as Partners at UNSW initiatives

The Office of the PVC (Education) is capturing information on existing Students as Partners initiatives at UNSW. If you and your colleagues are already involved in a Students as Partners initiative, please provide the details of your initiative here

 

Other Students as Partners initiatives and events across Australia

September 1:  Students as Partners Symposium, University Technology Sydney

9 October: 2017 National Students as Partners Roundtable, The University of Adelaide

Resources:

Past Events: 2017

Students as Decision Makers

Thursday 8 June | 10.00 - 12.00 pm | Room 208, Ground Floor, Library

Presented by: Professor Sally Varnham, Professor of Law, University of Technology Sydney

Australian universities are taking up the challenge to engage in student partnerships. Now there is an opportunity to take the best of these practices and develop a sector-wide approach that recognises the challenges institutions face and endorses strategies to address them.

Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching funded research led by Professor Sally Varnham (UTS) (2015-2016) has shown that the systemic participation of students in decision-making and governance in universities is developing strongly in comparative sectors and is providing positive outcomes for universities. Several factors have emerged as being key to student participation towards developing a culture of student partnership including communication of opportunities and outcomes, effective valued and supported student leadership, development of representative experience, resources for training and support, capturing every student's voice, support and incentives for student representatives. 

 

Slides of the presentation are available here

Student Voice website - Sally Varnham 

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2016 Student as Partners Symposium

On Thursday 7 April 2016 the Students as Partners at UNSW Symposium provided the opportunity for staff and students to engage with core ideas of Students as Partners and to consider how this connects with the future directions of UNSW.  The morning session focused on exploring current thinking and practice related to Students as Partners to consider how this might align with the UNSW 2025 Strategy. The afternoon session was an action-planning session for those who wish to develop their ideas or projects more fully.

Contributors

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Professor Geoffrey Crisp
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education), UNSW

Geoff joined UNSW as PVC (Education) in February 2016 and will play a key role in driving the development and implementation of the educational components of the UNSW 2025 Strategy.

 

 

 

 

Dr Kelly Matthews
OLT Fellow, University of Queensland

Kelly has undertaken an OLT Fellowship centred on the area Students as Partners. Details of her research can be found here.
 

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Presentation slides

Morning session slides

Afternoon session slides

Agenda

Exploring Students as Partners at UNSW

9:15am           
Introduction
Professor Geoff Crisp, PVC (Education), UNSW
 
9:30am
Students-Staff Partnerships to Shape Higher Education 
Dr Kelly Matthews, OLT Fellow, University of Queensland
This session engages participants in discussion about students as partners.  It considers definitions, motivations, current practices, and emerging research. Models are presented to prompt conversations about outcomes, barriers and opportunities of student-staff partnerships.  These will be explored across different levels from courses, programs through to institutional levels. The emphasis is on students-staff partnerships in curriculum development and pedagogic consultation.
 
11:30am
What does this mean for UNSW in light of the 2025 Strategy? 
Professor Geoff Crisp, PVC (Education), UNSW
 
12.15pm
Lunch

1:00pm
Action Planning Session: Students-Staff Partnerships at UNSW
Dr Kelly Matthews, OLT Fellow, University of Queensland
This planning session will identify existing efforts in this space and extend them, where appropriate whilst also creating space for new ideas. It will involve small groups developing ideas for:
•    what students as partners initiatives could look like at UNSW at the course, program and institutional levels
•    how it could be implemented in the short and medium-term
•    what enablers are required for such initiatives to be implemented
•    how evidence of effectiveness will be captured

3:00pm
How might we go from here to there?
Facilitated by the Learning and Teaching Unit

4.00pm
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Queries

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