Building equal partnerships: The Student Engagement Associate scheme at the University of Nottingham


  • Ololade Obadare University of Nottingham
  • Taapsi Kohli University of Nottingham
  • Matthew Watts University of Nottingham
  • Dean Lymath University of Nottingham



partnership, pedagogy, institution, inclusive, community


The Student Engagement Associate scheme at the University of Nottingham showcases the impact of student-staff partnerships for positive change. Through these partnerships, the scheme has managed to produce innovative projects that underpin the institution’s core principles and has fostered a sense of equality and community between its staff partners and students. In the academic year of 2019/20, twenty students from diverse backgrounds were employed as student engagement associates and involved in projects such as the Digital Conduct module, the Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion (EDI) booklet, and the development of Student Reviewers, a scheme supporting pedagogic innovation. 


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Author Biographies

Matthew Watts, University of Nottingham

Student Engagement Officer 

University of Nottingham 

Dean Lymath, University of Nottingham

Educational Enhancement Manager 

Educational Excellence Team

University of Nottingham


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How to Cite

Obadare, O., Kohli, T. ., Watts, M., & Lymath, D. . (2022). Building equal partnerships: The Student Engagement Associate scheme at the University of Nottingham. International Journal for Students As Partners, 6(1), 109–116.



Special Section: Partnership in fostering socially-just pedagogy