For student engagement to be a success, it depends on not only staff in all roles embracing the concept but institutional governors understanding it too.
In the college sector, we have worked closely with the College Development Network (CDN) on the development of its resources on governance for college board members, and as a result we contribute to the regular national Induction Programme sessions for board members.
These sessions aim to introduce board members - especially lay members who may have little prior knowledge of the life and work of their college - to the concept of student engagement. This includes boards' responsibilities for the student experience, the legislative and policy drivers that have put student engagement and students' associations at the heart of quality and governance, and how board members can work in partnership with students to enhance the quality of the learning experience.
They also give an overview of the Student Engagement Framework for Scotland and the Framework for the Development of Strong and Effective College Students' Associations in Scotland.
To complement this work we present to and work with individual college boards, plus other key CDN forums such as the annual College Board Members' Conference and the Board Secretaries' Network.
For more information, please contact Simon Varwell.