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A Framework to Explore Roles Within Student-Staff Partnerships in Higher Education: Which Students Are Partners, When, and in What Ways?


  • Catherine Bovill University of Glasgow



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Author Biography

Catherine Bovill, University of Glasgow

Catherine Bovill is a Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh. She is a Senior Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and an Editorial Board member for Teaching in Higher Education. She has published and presented widely on students-as-partners and co-creation of curricula.


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Bovill, C., & Bulley, C. J. (2011). A model of active student participation in curriculum design: Exploring desirability and possibility. In Rust, C. Improving Student Learning (18) Global theories and local practices: institutional, disciplinary and cultural variations. Oxford: The Oxford Centre for Staff and Educational Development (pp. 176-188). Proceedings of the 2010 18th International Symposium/ISSOTL Conference, 19-22 October, Liverpool.

Bovill, C., Cook-Sather, A., Felten, P., Millard, L., & Moore-Cherry, N. (2016). Addressing potential challenges in co-creating learning and teaching: Overcoming resistance, navigating institutional norms and ensuring inclusivity in student-staff partnerships. Higher Education, 71(2), 195-208.

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How to Cite

Bovill, C. (2017). A Framework to Explore Roles Within Student-Staff Partnerships in Higher Education: Which Students Are Partners, When, and in What Ways?. International Journal for Students As Partners, 1(1).



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