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Student Engagement Conference 2023: What does student engagement mean to you?

This conference will focus on good practice in engaging students, the student voice and student participation in the governance and decision-making processes within HE.


The Advance HE Student Engagement Conference 2023 will be held in person on 20 April 2023 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 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 in the classroom, is there learning to be gained between disciplines or are the opportunities discipline specific?

This conference will be of interest to 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.

Booking information

Date: 20 April 2023

Venue: Manchester Metropolitan University

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Who should attend?

Those with responsibility for the student academic experience and student engagement more widely, SU teams, course leaders and those focused on the student experience and improving student outcomes.

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Programme - Student Engagement Conference 2023

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Abstracts - Student Engagement Conference 2023



Reader in Physics
University of Dundee
Dr Paul Campbell
Dr Paul Campbell is Reader in Physics, and leads the Biomedical Physics Research Group at the University of Dundee, where he has held a tenured teaching and research post since 2004.

University of Edinburgh
Sophie McCarthy
Sophie is a recent graduate with four years of experience working in the UK's music and creative industries. Having graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music Business from The Academy of Contemporary Music and an MMus in Musicology from The University of Edinburgh, she brings her unique experiences of HE provision to both the IHE Board and OfS TEF Panel.

Education Sabbatical Officer
Newcastle University
Mack Marshall
Mack Marshall is the Education Sabbatical Officer at Newcastle University Students’ Union. As the lead for academic representation, Mack works in partnership with students every day including Student Reps, Liberation Officers, and engaging in the wider student community. This year he has worked on the Cost of Living Crisis Campaign, the TEF Student Submission, and other projects including Hidden Course Costs. He is focused on making higher education as supportive, accessible, and inclusive as possible. He is also sits on the Student Panel for TASO’s Student Mental Health Project.

Educational Developer, Centre for Academic Development & Quality (CADQ)
Nottingham Trent University
Conor Naughton
Conor is an educational developer in higher education responsible for a portfolio of academic development services, specialising in student engagement and transition. Conor is also a student committee member of RAISE and an external trustee at the University of Salford Students' Union. Prior to this, Conor was President of Nottingham Trent Students’ Union and a University governor from 2020 – 2022.

Chief Executive of the Arts Students' Union
University of the Arts London
Yemi Gbajobi
With a career spanning almost 20 years in higher education and student engagement, Yemi Gbajobi (she/her) is currently the Chief Executive of the Arts Students' Union at the University of the Arts London. She has also held roles at the London School of Economics(LSE), City, University of London and London South Bank and student officer roles at Brunel University and the National Union of Students (NUS). She is also a Rugby Football Union (RFU) Council member and a Trustee of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI).
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