Category 6 ~ A partnership initiative in a university

This category is for work undertaken together by staff and students, where from idea to implementation the process has been jointly led.

Initiatives could be within a course or department, where students, reps, staff and managers have collaborated on enhancements to the quality of the learning experience, or might be projects undertaken by staff and students at an institutional or even national level relating to strategic or policy matters that have impacted on the learning experience or engaged students especially impacted by the pandemic.



StrathReps: A Student Rep Success Story
~ Strathclyde Students’ Union and the University of Strathclyde

This project saw a revolutionised new system of support and management of student academic reps, drawing on both university and students’ union input and experiences of project management to ensure that the process of nominating, electing and then supporting and engaging course reps throughout the year was effectively planned and delivered. The system saw more reps being elected and trained earlier in the year, and improved communication with and between reps.


The Summer Team Enterprise Programme (STEP)
~ University of St Andrews, University of St Andrews Students’ Association, and the Playfair Consultancy student society

In a context of lost internships given the changed economy, this innovative collaborative project saw the creation of an eight-week co-curricular skills development programme at the university over summer 2020 with over 200 students participating. The university’s Centre for Educational Enhancement and Development (CEED), the Careers Centre, the Student’s Association, and a student society – Playfair Consultancy group – created opportunities for participants to work remotely on a real-life project within a section of the university, gaining practical employability skills as well as providing valuable insight and impact for university service units.


RGU Welcome: New online support of student orientation, integration, and wellbeing during the Covid-19 pandemic
~ Robert Gordon University and RGU:Union

The university and union worked together to create a new online welcome for students at the start of the academic year, focussing on orientation, integration and wellbeing at such a challenging time to begin studies. With course welcome areas, an online freshers’ week and a new “success programme” spread throughout the first semester, all developed together, this work saw partnership put at the heart of shaping the student experience.

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