We work extensively with institutions, students' associations and sector agencies to develop the understanding of strategic approaches to student engagement among leaders of learning and teaching - whether at course, institutional or sector level.
Such activities includes formal courses and events or sector networks and meetings. Through such work we can contribute content to training, be a part of project teams or working groups, or facilitate students and student officers to engage with academic leaders in their reflections and professional development.
We are a part of key national forums such as the College Development Network's quality network, QAA Scotland's Quality Forum and the Scottish Higher Education Developers, and have presented at the college vice-principals' network and Academic Registrars' Council, among many others.
Examples of our work with Advance HE, for instance, include a collaboration in Summer 2020 on their Strategic Organisational Response Initiative (SORI) for senior leaders in universities. Along with student officers, we delivered a session entitled ‘Engaging Students as Partners in Shaping the 2020-21 Academic Year’, for which you can download our workbook and presentation and watch Advance HE's video recording. We have also contributed to a range of other programmes led by Advance HE, including Leading Transformation in Learning and Teaching for course and programme leaders, their 2021 Students as Partners in Assessment project, and the Anti-Racist Curriculum Project jointly led with the Enhancement Themes.
We regularly work with institutional CPD managers and educational developers on their provision for academic staff, including Postgraduate Certificates in Academic Practice (PGCAP) for university staff and the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) for college staff. We have also published a guide to students as partners and co-creators for the online resource for early career educational developers, Educational Developers Thinking Allowed.
For more information about this work, please contact Simon Varwell.