The Advance HE student engagement conference 2023 will be held in person on 20 April at Manchester Metropolitan University and will focus on What does student engagement mean to you? How does the meaning vary depending on who we are - a student, a lecturer, a senior leader? How do you measure student engagement? And how do we merge these understandings together to achieve excellent student outcomes for all?
This conference will build on the Advance HE student engagement conferences in 2021 and 2022 to delve further into what we learn from the data, from students, from staff, from other countries, other types of institution? The return to a face to face conference will also allow much more networking and informal sharing alongside the formal conference elements to build together our understanding of student engagement.
The conference will take a particular focus on three areas for student engagement:
- Engagement & development through campus and online spaces – specifically spaces outside of the teaching classroom, non-teaching spaces.
- Engagement & development through institutional structures – governance structures, student representatives on committees etc… how can this be more than a token gesture?
- Engagement & development through learning – with hybrid models of teaching how are we getting engagement on the VLE as well as the classroom, is there learning to be gained between disciplines or are the opportunities discipline specific?
Call for workshops
As part of the programme we intend to run up to 6 workshops led by the sector where we showcase some excellent examples of student engagement aligned to the above themes and share the challenges, the learning, the solutions, and provide opportunities to enable the transfer of good practice.
This call is asking for HE providers to volunteer to lead one of the workshops at the conference, providing an overview of the work they have undertaken, the challenges encountered, the solutions found and any evaluation of this work involving both students and staff. We would encourage you to make the workshop as engaging and interactive as possible and to ensure there is time for sharing of ideas with attendees and in-depth discussions to facilitate full learning for the sector.
We particularly welcome workshops involving partnerships of staff and students to discuss the work from all sides and from groups of both academic and professional services staff together with students and demonstrating collaboration across the institution for the benefit of all. Workshops are welcomed from first time presenters; student representatives; underrepresented groups and everyone with a passion for engaging students in all aspects of the student experience in order to enhance student outcomes for all. All accepted workshop presenters will receive a complimentary place at the conference. Submissions from all institution types are welcomed and we will be looking to showcase a range of projects from different areas.
The conference is being held in person and as such workshop leads will have access to a breakout room set up in cabaret, with the usual technology, flip charts and stationary. If you require additional equipment for your workshop, please detail this on your submission.
If you are interested in being involved please complete the submission form at this link provided below with an outline of the work you would focus on in the workshop (max 500 words), this will be reviewed by Advance HE and six workshops will be selected to be delivered at the conference.
If you have any queries about the conference or the workshops then please contact Celia Brigg at Advance HE
The call will be open until midday Friday 20th January 2023. Presenters will be informed of the outcome of the review process by the end of January 2023.
Who should attend?
Those with responsibility for the student academic experience and student engagement more widely, SU teams wishing to widen their student engagement, course leaders seeking to have a more engaged cohort and others focused on the student experience and improving student outcomes.