‘Trying to open the doors’: The co-creation of digital resources for disadvantaged primary school pupils





co-creation, students as partners, widening participation


This article explores the use of co-creation as an approach for involving university students in the development of educational initiatives for widening participation (WP) in higher education (HE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. At present, research and guidance looking at how co-creation practices can enable the production of such initiatives within HE is highly limited, which can deter others from employing this approach. To this end, we provide a case study of a WP project called Topic in a Box that involved staff and students working together to produce digital learning material for primary schools and students over several months. Through the use of semi-structured interviews with nine students, this research provides insight into the steps that were taken to develop the project, capturing the motivations, benefits and challenges of co-creation practice from a student perspective. We argue that this mode of co-creation should be used to a greater extent across the university sector and in recognition that university students have much to offer in terms of widening access to university.


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Thiele, T., & Homer, D. (2023). ‘Trying to open the doors’: The co-creation of digital resources for disadvantaged primary school pupils. International Journal for Students As Partners, 7(2), 65–83. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v7i2.5166



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