Leadership of learning and teaching

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 and publications led by Advance HE, including training for course and programme leaders, the 2021 globally-collaborative Students as Partners in Assessment project, and the Anti-Racist Curriculum Project jointly led with the Enhancement Themes.

With the College Development Network, we regularly work with those leading academic development work, and have led a number of contributions to their and Jisc's Virtual Bridge webinar series. Examples include our November 2020 session on our joint toolkit with Education Scotland on learner engagement, and our August 2021 session on our staff development toolkit.

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, the Teaching Qualification in Further Education (TQFE) for college staff, and equivalents. We have also contributed 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.

Student Engagement Framework

Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

7 Dec 2021

This is the third meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) for the 2021-22 year, and the last…

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Student Engagement Staff Network meeting

4 Nov 2021

This is the second meeting of our Student Engagement Staff Network (SESN) for the 2021-22 year, as part of…

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