Staff Practitioner Network
The cross-institutional Practitioner Network is primarily for staff who are interested in developing a partnership approach to working with students within their institution, particularly in governance and decision making processes. The network is designed to share good practice, discuss national issues, and provide collegial support and guidance.
Meeting 8 – Wednesday December 16 2020
Theme: “Building Positive and Productive Relationships with Student Unions/Associations”
Facilitators: Ali Jaquet (USC) & Kate Walsh (Flinders University)
Register: to join the network please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting 6 – Wednesday December 10 2019
Theme: “Sorting out SSAF: discussing the challenges and opportunities”
Guest Presenters: Anna McLeod (RMIT) & Trevor Gerdsen (University of Newcastle)
Meeting 5 – Thursday October 24 2019
Theme: Implementing and reviewing Students as Partners Governance Structure.
University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has implemented a multi-campus, whole of institution Student Governance structure underpinned by a Students as Partners ethos, augmented to incorporate an employability framework. Our key aims are to work in authentic partnership across USC to improve the student experience, amplify student voices in governance, enable the development of key employability skills and enhance students’ capacity to translate their learning into future career pathways.
Guest Presenter: Donna Thompson (University of the Sunshine Coast)
Meeting 4 – Wednesday August 27
Theme: What does student partnership look like in your institution? How does student representation fit within a framework of partnership?
Meeting 3 – Tuesday June 11
Theme: Changing staff perceptions of student representation at the University of Queensland
As part of UQ’s Student-Staff Partnerships (SSP) initiative (formalised in mid-2018), our overall aim is to improve the quality and effectiveness of student representation throughout the University. In addition to working with the students in these roles, to achieve this also means a significant shift in the way that some academic and professional staff members think about “representation” and their roles in assisting students in these spaces. This presentation will discuss some of the ways that the SSP team are trying to implement this cultural change and the challenges that still exist.
Guest Presenter: James Forde, Student Partners Coordinator (Representation & Voice), University of Queensland
Meeting 2 – Thursday May 2
Theme: Engaging online/off campus students in shaping the quality of learning and teaching and the student experience.
Guest Presenter: Erika Cross, Charles Sturt University
Meeting 1 – Wednesday March 20
Theme: ‘Partnering with student organisations to achieve successful representation and engagement’.
Guest Presenter: Emily De Rango, Graduate Student Association, University of Melbourne