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Practical Guide: Scaling up student-staff partnerships in higher education

Marie, J; Mercer-Mapstone, L; (2019) Practical Guide: Scaling up student-staff partnerships in higher education. University of Edinburgh: Edinburgh, Scotland. Green open access

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This practical guide is designed to support individuals, teams, or institutions in scaling up student-staff partnership (SSP or ‘partnership’, also commonly known as ‘students as partners’). The model presented here is a projects-based model which is one of the most common ways that institutions around the world have approached scaling up and embedding partnership within higher education. The aim of this guide is not to present a single, ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to expanding partnership practices because, given the highly contextual nature of partnership, such an approach is unlikely to succeed. The purpose of this guide is to walk you through the multiple stages of scaling up a project-based model of partnership from gaining support and designing your initiative, through to implementation and evaluation. It aims to anticipate and answer the kinds of questions you might have as you progress through this process. Importantly, the guide encourages you to establish partnership values early and to revisit these regularly to ensure that your process of scaling-up partnership aligns with an ethos of partnership itself. At each stage, the guide outlines suggestions for best practice and poses questions to prompt you to think deeply about how your initiative will work logistically as well as how you will foster authentic partnership throughout the process. The questions, suggestions, and recommendations in this guide are based on research that examined 11 institutional-level project-based partnership schemes at 11 higher education institutions in the United Kingdom [1]. This data is supplemented by the authors’ experiences in designing and running project-based partnership schemes as well as by partnership research and practice in international contexts.

Type: Report
Title: Practical Guide: Scaling up student-staff partnerships in higher education
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://bit.ly/2EfUR16
Language: English
Additional information: © Lucy Mercer-Mapstone and Jenny Marie 2019 CC BY Published by the University of Edinburgh under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0).
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > VP: Education > UCL Arena Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10069252
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