Monday, 15 May 2017

FW: Invitation to Student Engagement: National challenges, local solutions- 25th May 2017, Birmingham


Student Engagement: National challenges, local solutions




Dear colleagues,


I am writing to encourage you to take up the offer of a free place to this exciting national conference being organised and hosted jointly by The Student Engagement Partnership and QAA.


Event date: 25 May 2017

Location: The Studio, Birmingham


About this event


In light of wholesale changes to the quality framework, the new higher education act and many other government directives and initiatives, this event sets out the challenges facing student engagement in the current policy climate and how they can be overcome. Plenary sessions and workshops will cover a wide range of areas: from sharing good practice to the provision of information; guidance to enable participants to be better informed about the landscape; and how best to overcome the challenges for maintaining the momentum of student engagement in higher education. Workshops will be presented by representatives from QAA, The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP), NUS; Liverpool John Moores University, the University of Reading and Sheffield Hallam University; and Derby, Hull and Kent Students’ Unions.


Who should attend


This event will be relevant to colleagues from all UK HE providers and roles such as:

  • student engagement practitioners – SU staff, student voice managers, educational developers and support staff
  • academics with a remit for student engagement and developing learning and teaching enhancements
  • policy organisations with a remit for student engagement.
  • full time student representatives




QAA Subscribing institutions are entitled to two free places, one of which must go to a student representative or a staff member of the SU/student representative body. Additional places for subscribers can be purchased for £99 (subject to availability). We have reserved 15 places for non-subscribers, available for £300, which will be released on 18 May 2017.


To register for this event, please visit our booking site.




09:45-10:30  Registration opens, refreshments served


10:30-10:40  Welcome & opening remarks


10:45-11:40  First round of workshops, choose from:


Workshop A

Democratic Representation for a New Generation


Tania Struetzel

Hull University Union


Workshop B

TEF – How are Students’ Voices Heard?


Jamie Bennett

Liverpool John Moores


Workshop C

National policy changes, how did we get here and where are we going with student engagement?

Nona Buckley-Irvine



Workshop D

Contract cheating & ‘essay mills’: a national challenge with local solutions?


Hannah Sketchley & Ruth Burchell

National Union of Students &

Quality Assurance Agency



11:45-12:30  Plenary Session – a ‘fireside chat’ with:

  • Sorana Vieru, Vice-President (HE) of NUS
  • Luke Millard, Head, Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching, Birmingham City
  • Scott Farmer, Director & Lead Consultant, Temple Farmer Ltd
  • Hosted by: Maureen McLaughlin, Head of Universities & Standards at QAA


12.30-13.15 LUNCH 


13:20-14:15  Workshops, choose from:



Workshop A

Review, Rebuild, Refocus: Enhancing academic representation


Chris Mattinson

Kent Union


Workshop B

Fostering student initiated engagement with curriculum design


Lucy Chilvers

University of Brighton

Workshop C

Research into Action: Annual Student Voice Reports

Pete Crowson

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union


Workshop D

An Evaluation Framework for Student Engagement


Ellie Russell & Hannah Goddard

The Student Engagement Partnership



14:15-15:00  Keynote speaker: Colin Bryson, Chair of the RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement) Network & Director of the Combined Honours Centre, University of Newcastle.




15:20-16:10 Workshops, choose from:



Workshop A

The Power of Partnerships: using data collaboratively to enhance the student experience


Jennifer Barnes

University of Lincoln


Workshop B

PLanTs Keep Growing: The Partnership in Learning and Teaching (PLanT) scheme as a catalyst for cultural change.


Joy Collier & Cindy Becker

University of Reading


Workshop C

Representation and Partnership in the context of online students


Rowanne Walker

University of Derby  

Workshop D

Chapter B5 five years on, what’s next for the quality code for student engagement?

Ruth Burchell & Amy Spencer

Quality Assurance Agency


16:10-16:30 Closing Plenary


16:30            Conference closes




I hope to see you in next week in Birmingham.


Best wishes,




Ellie Russell | Student Engagement & Partnership Manager
Email: Phone: 07977 980 871 The Student Engagement Partnership
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