Tuesday, 18 October 2016

FW: **Call for participants** TSEP Student Engagement Conference 2017


Enhancing Student Engagement Conference 2017

A conference for Student Engagement Professionals

*SAVE THE DATE* : Wednesday 1st February, 2017, NCVO Conference Centre, London


***Call for Participants***


Dear colleagues,


The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP) is hosting a conference for staff based in students’ unions and HE providers whose roles relate to the delivery, management or planning of student engagement practice within higher education. The conference is designed to equip practitioners with new insights and provide a collaborative space for development of new thinking and practice sharing on student engagement. TSEP and its partners will be presenting on the day, including the formal launch of our major piece of research conducted in partnership with Professor Liz Thomas into the experience and engagement of ‘commuter students’. Further keynote speakers tbc. Delegates will also be able to choose from a variety of workshops delivered throughout, which will be based on four key themes:


1.   Inclusive engagement

2.   Student representation and voice

3.   Co-designing the curriculum

4.   Innovation and transformation in engagement



We are calling for submissions from staff who wish to present at the conference, to please fill out the online submission here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BF75JRS

Deadline for submissions is November 14th. Successful applicants will receive a heavily discounted place at the conference.




Conference workshop themes:


1.    Inclusive Engagement


One of the main presentations at the conference will look at the increasingly common phenomenon of students who stay in the parental home and/or live far enough away from campus that they travel a significant distance to access their teaching. This alters their relationship with their institution and makes for a markedly different educational experience than the ‘traditional’ student, and therefore different forms of engagement may be needed. In this set of workshops we wish to explore other challenges that we face in creating engagement practices and strategies that are truly inclusive of the diversity of the student body, and we welcome submissions from institutions and students’ unions who have any practice and/or research and insight they wish to share with colleagues on overcoming these challenges.


2.   Student Representation and ‘voice’


An ongoing challenge all of us face is how best we empower students to shape their education through effective voice and representation models. Ever changing demographics, modes of delivery and rising tuition fees, amongst many other factors, are prompting many students’ unions and institutions to review the effectiveness of their student representation systems; whilst the move to Annual Provider Review, the Teaching Excellence Framework and new student engagement questions in the National Student Survey are raising the stakes and level of scrutiny of representation systems even higher. We particularly welcome submissions from colleagues who wish to share approaches to enhancing the role of representatives, improving the delivery of representative systems or using mixed methods to broaden the platform of student voice.


3.   Co-designing the Curriculum


Far from merely providing commentary and judgement on their experience, in-depth approaches to student engagement allow students to truly shape their education and work in partnership to co-create knowledge and the curriculum. We are interested in hearing about approaches that colleagues have taken to fostering the creative, empowering and supportive environment needed to allow this sort of co-creation to emerge and flourish.


4.   Innovation and transformation in Engagement


In this final category we are interested in submissions on processes of transformation and innovation in student engagement. This could be on a specific emerging or established area practice on student engagement that has heralded positive outcomes for students and staff, or a process of broader organisational change and strategy in relation to student engagement and voice. We are particularly interested in hearing about digital approaches to engagement, but welcome submissions on any aspect of student engagement. As well as what’s working, we’re also keen to hear critical reflection about emerging areas of practice and lessons learnt from trailing and testing new and innovate approaches.


The link for putting in submissions is: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BF75JRS



If you wish to ask any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at tobin.webb@nus.org.uk


With thanks,




Tobin Webb | TSEP Consultant & Project Manager
tobin.webb@nus.org.uk Phone: 07752368345

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