International Journal for Students as Partners


The International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP) is a new journal about learning and teaching together in higher education. IJSaP explores new perspectives, practices, and policies regarding how students and staff (used here and subsequently to refer to academic staff/faculty, professional staff, and other stakeholders) are working in partnership to enhance learning and teaching in higher education. Shared responsibility for teaching and learning is the underlying premise of students as partners, and IJSaP is produced using a student-staff partnership approach. 

IJSaP is designed to appeal to a wide audience of readers and potential authors in the higher education community. It aims to publish high quality research articles, case studies, reflective essays, reviews and opinion pieces from around the world. Contributions written collaboratively by students and staff are particularly encouraged, although single and other co-authored pieces are also acceptable. All submissions go through a rigorous review process involving both staff and students who are trained and supported as reviewers.

About IJSaP

IJSaP is an open access, online, English-language, peer-reviewed journal which is committed to enacting the principles of partnership in the way it operates.

The distinctive features of IJSaP:

  1. It is an international journal on students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education
  2. It values multiple forms of analysis, including research articles, case studies, opinion pieces, reflective essays, and reviews
  3. Authors, reviewers, and readers constitute a broad group within the higher education community, including academics, instructors, educational developers, librarians, learning resource specialists, officers of students' unions/guilds associations, undergraduate and graduate students, and other stakeholders working with student partners
  4. Leadership is from an international editorial team of academics and students working in partnership

IJSaP is published twice a year by McMaster University Library Press and supported by McMaster’s Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching.

Vol. 1, No. 2 (2017)

Table of Contents


Kelly E Matthews

Opinion Piece

Peter Felten
Tara Hermsen, Thomas Kuiper, Frits Roelofs, Joost van Wijchen

Research Articles

Roisin Curran
Jenny Marie, Susannah McGowan
Kelly E Matthews, Lauren J Groenendijk, Prasad Chunduri
Rachel Spronken-Smith, Liesel Mitchell, Shabnam Seyedmehdi

Case Studies

Arshad Ahmad, Aadil Ali, John VanMaaren, Janette Barrington, Olivia Merritt, Kyle Ansilio
Lynne Yvonne Anne Hunt, Lyall John Hunt
Zak Rakrouki, Mark Gatenby, Stefan Cantore, Thomas Rowledge, Tom Davidson

Reflective Essays

Meredith Goldsmith, Megan Hanscom, Susanna A Throop, Codey Young
Elizabeth Ho
Victoria Reyes, Kirsten Adams


Sophia Abbot