Students as Partners Australia Network: January 2016 Update
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Partnership is framed as a process of student engagement, understood as staff and students learning and working together to foster engaged student learning and engaging learning and teaching enhancement… It is a way of doing things, rather than an outcome in itself. 
Healey et al., 2014, p. 7

Students as Partners Australia Network

This network connects scholars across Australia committed to student-staff partnerships as a means to enhance teaching and learning in higher education by:

  • Acting as a hub of information 
  • Facilitating exchange
  • Fostering collaboration 
  • Bringing members together
  • Advocating for partnerships
The direction of this network - with international links - was guided by the comments of participants at the 2015 Students as Partners Roundtable hosted at The University of QueenslandThe network will be coordinated via Kelly Matthews' National Fellowship by:
  • regular email updates to exchange information
  • calling for collaborations via email updates
  • optimising national events to bring folks together
  • updated fellowship website as central resource
The first International Summer Institute on ‘Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education’ is to be organised by McMaster Institute for Innovation and Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL), Canada in early May 2016.

Parallel workshops and a 'Change Institute' are on offer and
will be facilitated by highly experienced faculty and students including Peter Felten (Elon, US), Mick Healey (Healey HE Consultants, UK), Beth Marquis (McMaster, Canada), Kelly Matthews (Queensland, Australia) and Sam Dvorakova (student from University of Queensland). Deadline is 12 Feb 2016 - register here!
HERDSA 2016 Conference call for presentations are due in early February. Want to collaborate on students as partners session? Email Kelly Matthews by 15 January. 
As students continue to partner with staff and academics to shape teaching and learning in their universities, understanding the jargon and latest research is key. This useful guide is a great start for students: Comprehensive Guide to Learning and Teaching. Published by NUS in the UK, this guide might even be helpful for staff new to teaching and learning.
The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) believes that "working in partnership with students is a sophisticated and effective way of developing student engagement and enhancing learning and teaching. Partnership with students is a central theme of the HEA’s work and cuts across our other key areas of assessment, employability, flexible pedagogies and retention and success."

They provide a range of tools and guidance to support student partnership development. Visit the HEA website here.
Have a partnership story, innovation or challenge to share? Future updates will include contributions from members - be the first! Email Kelly Matthews
The Scotland Enhancement-led Institutional Review (ELIR) 2016 June event will focus on 'students as co-creators'. Contact Amanda Park ( or Ailsa Crum ( for more information. 
Students as ambassadors and researchers of assessment renewal: puzzling over the practices of university and academic life

Drawing on reflections from a University of Sydney student-staff partnership innovation, this article - authored by students and academics - highlights the necessity of preparing students for partnership work by outlining how and why universities work as they do. 

Navigating the threshold of student-staff partnerships: a case study from an Ontario teaching and learning institute
Highlighting a student scholars program in Canada, this article - also authored by students and staff - draws on threshold concepts to explore the challenges and transformations experienced by some of those involved in the program. 

Fellowship Events
How can student-staff partnerships transform the university learning experience? Kelly Matthews’ National Fellowship explores this question. She will look at practices in Australia, across all disciplines, while piloting partnerships in science at The University of Queensland.

This Fellowship extends Kelly's research themes on students' experiences of learning by exploring a means to better engage students and staff in teaching, learning and curriculum development. Read more about the research + motivation fuelling her Fellowship. 

shared responsibility for learning + teaching is at the heart of student-staff partnerships
What is 'students as partners'?
Peter Felten on Students as Partners in 5 minutes
The Australian Office for Learning and Teaching 2016 Transforming Practice Program (TPP) is focused on "Student Engagement: Students as Partners in Teaching & Learning". Institutional contact officers have been notified, applications are in, and events are scheduled to begin in February. Linked to Kelly Matthews' Fellowship, the TTP 2016 meetings will be hosted at The University of Queensland. Professor Patrick Crookes is leading the 2016 Transforming Practice Program. Read more or contact Patrick

MOOC: Students Taking Charge of Higher Education 
Seeking student-staff partnership examples for case studies. Email Kelly Matthews if you know of any. See current case studies here.
October saw three international students as partners experts visiting The University of Queensland:
  1. Arshad Ahmad, McMaster University, Canada
  2. Peter Felten, Elon University, USA
  3. Mick Healey, HE Consultant, UK
Two public workshops attracted over 100 attendees from several universities - hand-outs + resources.

The Fellowship was officially launched with a Students as Partners Roundtable involving 55 students and staff from a range of universities. Twenty student-staff partnership case studies showcased the outstanding work unfolding across Australia. Who attended and what did they have to say about the Roundtable? Find out here.

The Fellowship is now focused on conducting a systematic literature review. 
Share with your Students as Partners Australia Network!
Our network includes 175 staff + students from Australia and overseas.
Want to feature an event, case study or research, call for collaboration, seek advice on a project, disseminate information, or offer an idea to improve future updates?

Email Kelly 
Copyright © 2015 Kelly Matthews: Australian Learning & Teaching Fellow, All rights reserved. Fellowship funded by the Australian Office for Learning & Teaching and supported by the UQ Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation + Faculty of Science.

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