Talking student engagement

'Talking student engagement' is a series of occasional interviews with student engagement practitioners – both staff and students, and from within Scotland’s university and college sector and beyond. The interviews aim to capture the different perspectives that people have on student engagement in the quality of learning.

We have a small number of future interviews scheduled, but are keen to hear of others who may have interesting perspectives on student engagement – whether a lecturer, course rep, senior student officer, education researcher, or other practitioner. 

To suggest a future subject for interview, please contact us.

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Rachael Page - October 2017

Rachael is a Community Skills student at Fife College’s ASPIRE Centre (Additional Support Programmes In Real Environments).

Jim Metcalfe - September 2017

Jim is the Chief Executive of the College Development Network.

Kat Bateson - August 2017

Kat is a a Student Engagement Assistant with the Highlands and Islands Students’ Association, the students’ association of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Dale Whelehan - July 2017

Dale is the former Education Officer and Deputy President for 2016-17 at Trinity College Dublin Students' Union in Ireland.

Raziya Isayeva - June 2017

Raziya is the Development Director at Khazar University in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Jodie Waite - May 2017

Jodie is the incoming Vice-President (Education) of NUS Scotland for 2017-18, having been a Vice President at Glasgow Caledonian University for the past two academic years.

Simon Boehme - April 2017

Simon is the Director of Student Engagement at The Quality Assurance Commons for Higher and Postsecondary Education based in Oakland, California, which has been established to explore new ideas in quality assurance.

Gohar Hovhannisyan - March 2017

Gohar is the International Officer with the Armenian National Students’ Association (ANSA), and a Masters student in insurance at the Armenian State University of Economics.

Greg Mannion - February 2017

Greg is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences (Education) at University of Stirling.

Dougie Smith - January 2017

Dougie is a Students’ Association Liaison Officer at City of Glasgow College.

Dr Natalie Watters - November 2016

Natalie is a lecturer and project manager for the online Masters in Education at the University of Glasgow, and a former sparqs Associate Trainer. 

Sally Varnham - October 2016

Sally is a law professor at the University of Technology Sydney UTS), and an Australian Learning and Teaching National Senior Fellow.

Cat O'Driscoll - September 2016

Cat is the Co-ordinator of the new pilot National Student Engagement Programme in Ireland.

Chris Daisley - August 2016

Chris is the Vice-President for the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Glasgow Caledonian University Students’ Association.

Jane Culpan - July 2016

Jane is a programme leader at Queen Margaret University.

Lindsay Henderson - June 2016

Lindsay is the Quality and Learner Engagement Co-ordinator at North Highland College UHI.

Paul Chapman - May 2016

Paul is the Director of Student Support and Involvement at the University of Manchester Students’ Union.

Ian Glen - April 2016

Ian is a Business Analyst in the Student Systems Unit at Heriot-Watt University.

Iain Maitland and Mary Young - March 2016

Iain and Mary work in the Students’ Office at the University of the West of Scotland.

Ruth Tudor - February 2016

Ruth is the President of the Open University Students' Association.

Libby Curtis - January 2016

Libby is the Associate Head of School at Gray’s School of Art, at The Robert Gordon University.

Iain Morrison - November 2015

Iain is the Dean of Students at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Jasmin Davies-Hodge - October 2015

Jasmin is Organisational Learning Co-ordinator at Forth Valley College.

Rebecca Maxwell Stuart - September 2015

Rebecca is a student engagement researcher and practitioner who has recently completed a thesis on transnational student engagement.

Tam Baillie - August 2015

Tam is Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People.

Rob Henthorn - July 2015

Rob is the newly elected Vice President (Education) at NUS Scotland for 2015-16.

Dash Sekhar - June 2015

Dash served as sabbatical Vice-President (Academic Affairs) at Edinburgh University Students’ Association during 2014-15.

Shona Struthers - May 2015

Shona is chief executive of Colleges Scotland, the campaigning and policy membership organisation for the college sector. 

Celeste McLaughlin - April 2015

Celeste is the Subject Specialist for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Jisc.

Amy Hamilton - March 2015

Amy is the Students' Association Development Officer at Borders College. 

Hannele Keränen - February 2015

Hannele is the Quality Manager at the Lapland University of Applied Sciences (UAS) in Finland.  

Myra McCabe - January 2015

Myra is Head of Student Services at Edinburgh College. 

Phil Ker - December 2014

Phil is Chief Executive of Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand. 

Mark Huxham - November 2014

Mark is Director of Academic Strategy and Professor of Teaching and Research in Environmental Biology at Edinburgh Napier University.

Morven Stewart - October 2014

Morven is a sparqs Associate Trainer and a fourth-year student at Glasgow School of Art.

University of Lincoln Student Engagement Team - September 2014 

An interview with Alice Coleman, Davide Castro and Dan Derricott on the university's approach to student engagement.

Ondrej Hajda - August 2014

Ondrej is Director of Representation at the University of St Andrews Students' Association for academic year 2014-15. 

Stewart Hay MBE - July 2014

Stewart was deputy head at Anderson High School in Lerwick, and is the founder of The Global Classroom, an international partnership that allows staff and students at secondary schools across the world to share experiences on learning and teaching.

 

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