Hi Kelly Matthews,
Enjoy our 5th Australian Students as Partners Network update.
Cheers, Kelly Matthews
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2016 National Students as Partners Roundtable 

The purple of the jacaranda trees signal spring time at The University of Queensland - a great backdrop for the 2016 National Students as Partners Roundtable held on 5 October. Over 100 attendees - mix of students, professional staff and academics - from 23 universities engaged in a full day of activities co-facilitated by students and staff. The program featured international leaders along with thoughtful stories from national folks engaging in student-staff partnerships and lots of time for networking and interactions.

The event was successful thanks to the active participation of attendees! This active participation extended into the 'twitter sphere'. If you missed the event, haven't yet seen all the pictures and comments, or just want to reminisce - check out Darci Taylor's storify of the 2016 Roundtable Students as Partners Twitter feed. Big thanks to Darci for pulling this together! 

The slides from the day are available - send an email if you would like a copy

For thoughtful reflections on the Roundtable - check out 2 blog posts.
The first from Colin Simpson from Australian National university, who came as an 'outsider' with a curious mind to the event. He offers his view on the idea of students as partners, the pragmatics of implementation, and an overview of the day. 
Go to: Thoughts on National Students as Partners Roundtable 2016
Second, Sarah O'Shea from the University of Wollongong - and a fellow Australian Learning & Teaching Fellow - links students as partners to her important work exploring first in family students (1st generation students for North America friends) in higher education. 
Go to: Student-staff partnerships in the equity field

2017 Events & Activities

How can members of the Australian Students as Partners Network stayed connected? Coming together for events, linking to other networks, and contributing stories are just a few ways we stayed connected. The 2016 Roundtable closed with a list of events and activities that can enable folks passionate about engaging in student-staff partnerships to collaborate and connect into the future. Events in Australia and overseas plus new journals and a model for forming local networks were shared. See the presentation to check out 2017 happenings! Hover your mouse over titles as they are hyperlinked for your convenience. 
Check out the Special Section of Teaching & Learning Inquiry on Students as Co-Inquirers with an article from network member - Amani Bell - outlining context of Australian Higher Education that you won't want to miss!
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