On Friday I held my Fellowship launch workshop which opened up a sector-wide collaboration towards a shared understanding of student partnership: what it is, why it should be and how it may be facilitated within institutions and the sector.
There was a great attendance of institution senior managers and their nominees, and a large number of students from across Australia. Not only was there a capacity turn out but the enthusiasm and the willingness of all to contribute to the discussion was impressive. It indicated not only an interest but a considerable appetite in the sector for exploring the embedding of student partnership within universities. The students made an overwhelming contribution and were reasoned and articulate in this. Many of those present had already initiated practices within their universities and were able to contribute their ideas and insights from these. We also had the benefit of the experience of senior managers who had come to Australia from sectors overseas where student partnership is more embedded.
The idea of these workshops is to create a forum for open, safe and respectful discussion between all members of university communities and the sector to explore what initiatives mean and how they may be facilitated in their institutions. The attendees are asked to contribute their thoughts in respect of the questions posed in the Briefing document and at the workshops during the session or at any time, on survey monkey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HQYJH55. The vision is at the conclusion of the workshop program we will be able to put together a draft set of principles and a framework for student partnership based on a common understanding. For this to happen it is vital that the sector has ownership of the ideas and the collaborative process is designed to work towards this.
It is new, and I would really appreciate receiving your feedback and ideas for how it may be done better as it progresses.
During the workshop program we will be collating responses and posting newsletters with themes which have emerged. Please watch this space and have your say.