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Hi <<First Name>>. The 4th Australian Students as Partners Network update is here. View this email in your browser or read below for the latest news! Cheers, Kelly Matthews

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The 2016 National Students as Partners Roundtable will bring together students, academics, and professional staff from across Australia and will focus on developments in student-staff partnership: what it looks like in practice, challenges to the concept, and stories from those involved. Read more about the program and the international and local presenters. Hope to see you there! 
International Experts Talking Students as Partners
Alison Cook-Sather in Brisbane on Thursday 6 October
Mick Healey in Brisbane on Friday 7 October

Both Mick and Alison are involved in the Wednesday 5 October Roundtable and will offer more in-depth workshops later in the week - follow links above to register. Come to Brisbane for the Roundtable and stay for the workshops!

What do students think about students as partners?

Student Leaders gathered at The University of Queensland in July and we discussed students as partners. One idea; two programs; 55 students. There was strong agreement that the concept of students as partners was brilliant with healthy skepticism about how it genuinely translates to practice. Read more here

Join the Conversation: Talking students as partners

How do you talk about students as partners? As more universities adopt students as partners ideas into strategic plans, we need to come to a shared understanding of what this means. After a successful skype chat with Cathy Bovill from the University of Glasgow on local networks to support students as partners (thanks again Cathy!), interested folks are invited to join a chat about the language of students as partners. Email Kelly Matthews to join the skype chat.

Keeping up with Events! 

There have been lots of students as partners events around Australia in the past few months.

  1. Workshop in Western Australia that highlighted the possibilities. An artistic attendee captured the interweaving nature of partnership with the above drawing!
  2. Fun debates around 4 questions at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference co-facilitated by 5 network members.
  3. Interactive session in Sydney at the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ACDS) Teaching and Learning Leadership Conference, summarised in this blog post.
  4. Full day in Canberra talking challenges and opportunities of partnership that inspired this blog post from a Higher Education Whisper.
  5. Interactive session imagining the opportunities for co-creation of learning at the Academic Leadership Forum in Sydney hosted by Blackbaord

Call to Students

A key element of the fellowship is 'walking the talk'. Several students are involved in the students as partners fellowship - it is a group effort and we are learning about partnership together. UQ students can join the fun - Summer Scholarships on teaching and learning are a great place to start!
 
Featured Resource

Folks at Uppsala University in Sweden have created a new resource - a new home page that is meant to serve as a resource for staff and students working with active student participation or who are interested in starting. 

Sydney Event on Student Governance

The student voice project is hosting a free symposium in Sydney on 5 September 2016 and workshops on 6 September 2016. You won't want to miss it! Read more here.

Did you know?

Students as Partners is strong in primary and secondary education. Stay connected to what is happening in Australia through Connect. It is an independent bi-monthly practice journal supporting active student participation in primary and secondary schools - in classroom practices, in school governance, in networks and so on. It has been produced since late 1979 and is about to publish issue 220. Read more here for a wealth of stories, resources and ideas. To subscribe to Connect, e-mail Roger Holdsworth at r.holdsworth@unimelb.edu.au or use the contact form

Plan Now for the 2017 Summer Institute 

The 2nd annual International Summer Institute on Students as Partners has been tentatively scheduled for 8-11 May 2017 and will be hosted by McMaster University in Canada. 

Emerging Scholars Fund: Call for Student Applications

Engaging with students in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) is a core principle of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL). To enable students to attend the annual conference in Los Angeles this year, a new Emerging Scholars Fund has been created that offers fee waivers to selected students. Applications close 15 September. 
Special Issue:
Australian and New Zealand Stories of Partnership
Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (TLTHE) serves as a forum for the reflective work of university academics, staff and students working together to explore and enact effective partnership practices. An upcoming issue will feature essays from Australia and New Zealand authors exploring the lived experiences of engaging in students as partners practices. Thanks to the many Australian Students as Partners Network members who submitted contributions - we'll look forward to reading more later in the year!

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