Moving Towards Sustainable Outcomes in Student Partnerships: Partnership Values in the Pilot Year

Jenny Marie, Susannah McGowan

Abstract


The UCL ChangeMakers scheme supports students and staff to work in partnership to enhance the University College London (UCL) learning experience. In 2014/15 we piloted the scheme with 10 projects run by 24 students in collaboration with 11 staff members. This paper will focus on our evaluation efforts of the pilot year through 4 illustrative case studies highlighting the successes and challenges of 4 projects. We focused our discussion on how projects were defined, what role students and staff should have had in defining the projects, and the sustainability of the projects once the student moves on or graduates. From our case study analysis, our findings revealed that a series of partnership values—collective responsibility, honesty, plurality, and trust—need to be considered in order to have an impact on the sustainability of the project and, more importantly, on the learning experience for students.


Keywords


students as partners, sustainability, learning enhancement, students as change agents, student engagement

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v1i2.3081


Jenny Marie
University College London
United Kingdom

Jenny Marie has directed UCL ChangeMakers since 2015.  As well as her interest in student-staff partnership, she is interested in the enhancement of Assessment and Feedback and is currently part of UCL’s Assessment Review team.

Susannah McGowan
King's College London
United Kingdom

Susannah McGowan’s research interests include educational development, scholarship of teaching and learning, technology-enhanced learning, student/staff partnerships and threshold concepts in humanities. Susannah has extensive experience in curriculum development and supporting staff in developing innovative modules and programmes in UK and US.