A creative approach to engaging students as partners at Faculty level of the institution

Becky Lees, Wendy Garner, Matthew Flectcher, Naomi Gradwell, Megan Harris, Mike Heathcote, Kerry Lawrence, Bethan Medlock, Emily Wright


This case study identifies an effective model developed by the faculty of Education and Children’s Services at the University of Chester to further student engagement at faculty level of the institution during the academic year 2014/15. The initiative aimed to encourage and facilitate staff and students to work in partnership in order to bring about enhancements to the learning experience of students within a shared academic community. Seven students involved with the initiative share their projects, the outcomes of these and personal reflections of their student engagement journey in the faculty. The paper concludes by outlining key factors to consider when developing a partnership approach with students through the lens of student engagement.


Student engagement; Student Experience; Partnership; Quality Enhancement;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21100/jeipc.v2i1.248


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