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Student Engagement through Partnership

12 Dec 2019 | Advance HE Student Engagement through Partnership: A Guide to the Advance HE Framework has been published, giving higher education institutions the opportunity to develop their partnership learning communities.

Advance HE is pleased to launch a new guide and update to the existing framework on Student Engagement through Partnership.

In the UK context, engaging students through partnership offers a range of opportunities to develop practices which may have a positive impact on the outcomes of the National Student Survey and the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework. 

The Student Engagement through Partnership Framework identifies four different, but overlapping, areas of partnership; Learning, teaching and assessment, Subject-based research and inquiry, Scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and Curriculum design & pedagogic consultancy. Partnership is understood in the guide not as an outcome, but rather as a process by which student engagement is developed through the practice of student-staff collaboration.

The framework has been informed by a 2014 Advance HE publication, 'Engagement Through Partnership: Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education' (Healey, Flint and Harrington, 2014), which focuses specifically on student engagement through partnership in learning and teaching.

Stuart Norton, Senior Adviser (Learning and Teaching), Knowledge, Innovation and Delivery, Advance HE commented,

“The Advance HE Framework identifies nine values which underpin successful student engagement through partnership: authenticity, honesty, inclusivity, reciprocity, empowerment, trust, courage, plurality, and responsibility. These values are key to supporting the development of partnerships and we’re excited to help insitutions better understand how to apply them. The publication offers a comprehensive look at engaging students with staff through partnership, from the process of partnership to scaling up partnership activities and reflecting on your progress.”

The full report Student Engagement through Partnership: A Guide to the Advance HE Framework is now available for Advance HE member institutions.

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