Hi Kelly Matthews. Please enjoy this third Australian Students as Partners Network update. 
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Hello Colleagues,
Our network is growing (almost 300 members). This update features:

  • Networking Event: HERDSA Conference at Fremantle, Australia on Tuesday 5 July
  • Call for Help: PhD student seeking stories of 'student-institutional co-creation'
  • Featured Member: Catherine Bovill discussing the Glasgow network for students as partners
  • Free Expert Advice: Join us for a chat about setting up an institutional network with Catherine Bovill
  • Save the Date: UQ-hosted Students as Partners Event with two international luminaries

Please email me if you want to share something in a future update.
Cheers, Kelly

1 September 2016: Submissions Due

‘Australian Stories of Partnership’ is the theme for an upcoming special edition of Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (TLTHE). Essays are invited from Australian staff (professional, academic or hybrid) and students who are engaged in partnership practices. Read the guidelines and contact me with questions. If you are engaged in partnership practices - consider submitting your story!

Join us at the HERDSA Conference
Come along to our session at the 2016 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference. Members of this network are facilitating a 'Points for Debate' session titled, Students as Partners: An insurmountable challenge or an opportunity for transformation?, scheduled for Tuesday 5 July before lunch - see program here. We are following a presentation from Amani Bell and Tia Peseta that you will also want to see: Students as partners - a way to re-shape higher education or neoliberal seduction? 

Great opportunity to network in real-time with colleagues at the HERDSA Conference!
Wednesday 5 October 2016
Date holder for 2016 Students as Partners Event hosted at The University of Queensland. Featuring two international luminaries - Mick Healey and Alison Cook-Sather - this day will bring together Australians who are passionate about students as partners. More information in a future update. For now - save the date! Have suggestions for the event - email them to me.
University Network to Foster Partnership in Practice
Active Student Participation in Education Network (ASPEN) is a University of Glasgow community led by Catherine Bovill. Created in 2015, ASPEN aims to bring together those who are interested in trying to establish more meaningful interactions between students and staff in learning, teaching and assessment. ASPEN meets every two months to share research and practice, as well as offering space for discussion and collegial support. According to Catherine, “ASPEN meetings are an opportunity for us to identify students and staff in the University of Glasgow who are working in partnership and to bring them together. I have tried to ensure that events offer the opportunity for showcasing excellent partnership work from around the University.”

If you are thinking about starting a similar network at your university, Catherine advises that a clear purpose and target audience are essential.

Join the Conversation: Starting a Local Network
Are you thinking about starting a university community, group or network like ASPEN? Want to hear more? Email Kelly to participate in a Skype chat with Catherine Bovill and others looking to create institutional networks to further students as partners activities. 
The inaugural International Summer Institute on Students as Partners was hosted by McMaster University in Canada in early May. Some Australian network members attended and an Australian team of students and myself were invited to facilitate workshops. With almost 50-50 ratio of students and staff, the Summer Institute exemplified partnership in practice. If you missed out - watch out for news of a 2017 Institute! See more pictures here.
Call for Help
Mollie Dollinger, a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne is currently looking for examples of student-institutional co-creation in higher education within Australia. Projects or activities where students are active leaders or exhibit new and creative ways to integrate student voice are of interest. Activities can include a wide range of university activities including curriculum design, teaching, research, university services, university governance or student unions, and university engagement and service. Email Mollie if you are able to help her out. 
Students as Partners events near you!
There are several students as partners events coming up: workshop at Murdoch in June;  presentation at the Australian Council of Deans of Science Teaching and Learning Conference at University of Sydney in July; University of Canberra visit in August; and session at the Blackboard Forum also in August. Keep up with events on the Fellowship website
Two new Australian Fellowships to celebrate
Congratulations to Wendy Green and Sally Varnham for recent success with National Fellowships in the area of partnership and student representation. Sally's Senior National Teaching Fellowship is titled, Creating a national framework for student partnership in university decision-making and governance. Wendy's National Teaching Fellowship is about Engaging students as partners in global learning. 
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