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.