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Jisc Change Agents’ Network – National Meet Up

June 2, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Thursday 2nd June
10:00 – 16:00
University of Lincoln, David Chiddick Building (#18)

Jisc and the University of Lincoln are hosting the next national event of the Change Agents’ Network, a rapidly growing network of student and staff practitioners in student engagement, on 2nd June. This one-day event will provide a chance to share practice, research, experiences and new thinking on student engagement, with a particular focus on understanding what works and how to grow your institution’s commitment to engaging students as partners

Who should attend?

Staff in universities, colleges and sector organisations with an interest in engaging FE / HE students in enhancing their student experience; engaged students; students’ union officers and staff.



10:00 Registration and tea/coffee and pastries on arrival

Welcome and introduction to the day

Professor Sue Rigby, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Development), University of Lincoln
Sarah Knight, Senior Co-Design Manager, Jisc


Opening keynote:

The University of Lincoln: a research-engaged and collaborative community
Dr Karin Crawford, Director, Educational Development & Enhancement Unit, University of Lincoln
John-Paul Dickie, Level 3 Journalism Student and Vice-President Academic Affairs Elect, University of Lincoln


Showcasing student partnerships  – Sharing our experiences

Staff and students from around the country will showcase and share their practice and experiences of working on partnership projects and as change agents through a structured networking activity. We are welcoming over 20 presenters from across FE, HE and skills providers to share their work.


Lunch and networking time – with time to add to the Ideas Wall




Making it happen workshops

Parallel workshops where participants can gather ideas, advice and guidance on taking forward student partnerships in their college or university

Session 1: The REACT Project: Perspectives on enhancing inclusive approaches to Student Engagement
Liz Dunne (Director of REACT), Tom Lowe (REACT Project Manager), Dr Stuart Sims (REACT Lead Researcher), Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research and Evaluation – Sheffield Hallam) and Sheffield Hallam students (tbc).

Session 2: Making student engagement a reality – Turning theory into practice

Ellie Russell, The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP)

Session 3 – What will a successful student-staff partnership look like in 2020?
Peter Chatterton, Clare Killen and Sarah Knight (Change Agents’ Network, Jisc)

Session 4 – Youth Justice Live! Engaging Students in Curriculum Development
Sue Bond-Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln

Session 5: Putting learning and teaching partnerships into practice

Dr Abbi Flint, Research Manager, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

15:00 Group Activity – Where next: how do we continue to sustain student staff partnerships?
Students from further and higher education share their experiences of working as change agents in partnership with staff.
16:00 Close

The university’s Student Engagement Strategy for 2012-2016 highlights the ambition to create an environment where students and staff work together as one community and introduces the concept of students becoming “producers of their own education and their own university”.

In recognition of the Change Agents’ Network, the keynote for this event will be co-delivered by Karin Crawford and John-Paul Dickie who will provide both a staff and student perspective of the University of Lincoln’s approach to student engagement.

Keynote Presenters

karin crawford

Dr Karin Crawford

Director of EDEU

Karin is Director of the Educational Development and Enhancement Unit at the University of Lincoln.

The Unit is the focal point and primary vehicle for developing and enhancing innovative and inspirational student education and engagement in the University; providing coordinated and proactive support and promoting a strong culture of excellence in teaching, learning and staff-student partnerships across the institution.

Karin also undertakes research in two distinct areas, pedagogical research that furthers the scholarship of teaching and learning, and research that is more broadly related to academic practice in higher education. Karin has authored and co-authored a number of books, many of which are now published in their second or third editions. Her publication record also includes a range of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters that report on Karin’s research work. Karin is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


John-Paul Dickie

Level 3 BA Journalism Student

John-Paul is a third year BA (Hons) Journalism student at the University of Lincoln, specialising in Radio and Print.

Currently the College of Arts Officer for the 2015/16 academic year in the Students’ Union, John-Paul guides and supports five School Reps, representing nearly 3,900 students in the college on committees and in the wider University community as well as work on projects to improve the student experience.

Alongside his studies as well, John-Paul is currently taking part in the University’s Staff and Student Insight Scheme which sees him partnered with the Director of the Educational Development and Enhancement Unit (EDEU).

In June 2016, John-Paul will take office as Vice-President Academic Affairs within the University of Lincoln Students Union, following successful election in February this year.

‘Making it Happen’ Workshops

Session 1: The REACT Project: Perspectives on enhancing inclusive approaches to Student Engagement
Liz Dunne (Director of REACT), Tom Lowe (REACT Project Manager), Dr Stuart Sims (REACT Lead Researcher), Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research and Evaluation – Sheffield Hallam) and Sheffield Hallam students (tbc).

REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation) is a HEFCE Catalyst-funded project investigating the impact of a variety of forms of student engagement on the student experience, including retention and attainment. A special focus is on so-called ‘hard to reach’ students, with the aim of embedding Inclusive Student Engagement Opportunities at institutions participation in the project.The purpose of REACT is to identify and share best practice to advance student engagement nationally. In-depth case studies of Student Engagement will allow greater understanding of what works, how and why, along with the development and sharing of open source resources highlighting strategies, tools and frameworks that will enable institutions to learn from, and with, each other. The REACT process combines research alongside development activities in three core institutions (the Universities of Winchester, Exeter and London Metropolitan), with dissemination of findings being paramount in the promotion of evidence-led practices. In addition, REACT works with 12 further universities, so as to promote more effective engagement on a broader national basis.

This workshop will engage delegates in REACT activities around perspectives of Student Engagement and so called ‘hard-to-reach’ students to create conversation around these themes amongst delegates. An introduction will be given to the REACT project’s current progress, with information on further resources, toolkits and activities available for delegates. Also a delegation from Sheffield Hallam University will present on their involvement in the REACT project as part of the Collaborative Development Programme, featuring their findings in widening student engagement to BME students to improve attainment and retention.

REACT Website

Session 2: Making student engagement a reality – Turning theory into practice
Ellie Russell, The Student Engagement Partnership (TSEP)

The Student Engagement Partnership supports, develops and promotes student engagement activity in the English higher education sector. We are housed by NUS and funded by HEFCE, AoC, GuildHE & QAA and our work is directed by a cross-sector Steering Group, which is chaired by Professor Anne Greenough.

Student engagement itself is not ill-defined, indeed you could argue that it’s overdetermined, but there isn’t a single, universal understanding of the meaning of student engagement we are all operating under. When TSEP was established we developed a set of ‘Principles of Student Engagement’, based on a literature review from 2010 onwards. Rather than defining student engagement we drew out the dimensions that constitute, and the principles which underpin it as a means of helping us to gather and disseminate good practice, identify priority areas for development and support reflection & conversations about student engagement at a local level. There are some distinct but often overlapping practices situated within these dimensions and in 2015 GuildHE used our ‘Principles of Student Engagement’ as a framework to detail some examples of these practices in the report ‘Making Student Engagement a Reality: Turning Theory into Practice’.

In this interactive workshop we will explore the different dimensions of student engagement and consider how you can use it as a framework to identify areas for development in your local context. With a focus on student engagement in quality enhancement, we will also explore specific examples of practice through an institutional case study from the GuildHE/TSEP report.

TSEP Website

Session 3: What will a successful student-staff partnership look like in 2020?
Peter Chatterton, Clare Killen and Sarah Knight (Change Agents’ Network, Jisc)

This session will explore what successful student-staff partnerships will look like in 2020, what the challenges are and how the Jisc Developing successful student staff partnerships online guide and associated resources, can be used to stimulate thinking about how these challenges can be overcome.Starting with a discussion around impact of student-staff partnerships, we’ll look at how impact is being measured, what criteria are being used and whether there is any current evidence of success that can support sustainability.

Looking ahead to 2020, we will then explore the future for student-staff partnerships and how these will impact on the everyday lives of students and staff.

Jisc CAN Website

Session 4: Youth Justice Live! Engaging Students in Curriculum Development
Sue Bond-Taylor, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Lincoln

Youth Justice Live! was developed as a strategy to promote collaborative approaches to the design and delivery of a new Youth Justice module in the University of Lincoln’s School of Social & Political Sciences. This workshop, run by staff and students on the project, will investigate delegates’ attitudes to and experiences of collaborative curriculum design, including perceptions of the rewards and challenges of collaboration to both staff and students, the nature of the roles and responsibilities which students can take on, and where the limits to student involvement might lie. Through this discussion, delegates will reflect upon the ways in which such collaborative approaches demand a reconsideration of hierarchical power relations and processes of ‘knowledge’ production within higher education.

Youth Justice Live Website

Session 5: Putting learning and teaching partnerships into practice
Abbi Flint, Higher Education Academy (HEA)

In 2015 the Higher Education Academy launched the Framework for Student Engagement though Partnership, informed by the growing evidence base around students as partners and through collaboration with the sector. The framework aims to provide a structure for partners to reflect on, explore and develop practice and policy, and is specifically focused on engagement through partnership in learning and teaching.

Since the publication of the framework, the HEA have commissioned and published a number of practical resources to help colleagues and students develop and sustain learning and teaching partnerships.

This interactive workshop will begin with a very brief overview introduction to the framework with the majority of the time dedicated to giving you opportunity to explore the practical resources, and use these to reflect on your own approach to partnership.

The session will be of interest to colleagues and students interested in exploring learning and teaching partnerships including:

  • Developing approaches to engage students as researchers within the curriculum;
  • Developing and sustaining partnership learning communities between staff and students;
  • Exploring the ethics of student engagement;
  • Using creative activities and approaches in course co-design.

Links to published HEA resources will be shared at the end of the session along with signposting to recent HEA research on student engagement through partnership.

HEA Website

One of the most exciting parts of the day will be the showcase of practice to develop student parternships from universities and colleges across the UK. We are looking for staff and students to share specific examples of how they are helping students to engage as partners in improving their learning experience.

For more information about each showcase, please click the icon. Showcases with video introductions are shown with and with resources are shown with .

Session Information Showcase Title College/University

Students Creating Change: Embedding Student Engagement at Bishop Grosseteste University Bishop Grosseteste University

Nottingham to Ningbo: Change Agents across the globe University of Nottingham

Students as Partners in Developing and Delivering Employability Education University of Birmingham

Student Champions and the Extended Classroom at Warwick University of Warwick

EdLab Manchester Metropolitan University

Hartpury TV – Co-creating a Channel for Change Hartpury College

Transitions Nottingham Trent University

OSCE Peer-Mentoring University of Nottingham

Making Partnership Work University of Hull

Employers in the Frame Coventry University

Fostering an (Earth and) Environment for partnership? University of Leeds

Champing at the digital bit – iChamps at the University of Southampton University of Southampton

Blended as the new normal: a journey in partnership University of Northampton

In the beginning – working together as partners from the start University of Salford

DigiBuds – A peer mentoring scheme to improve the digital confidence of students and staff Southampton Solent University

Discover Ementoring: An innovative Partnership! University of Sheffield

StudentDVX (digital voice experts) Epping Forest College

GitHappy Bucks New University

ReVisioning the Virtual Learning Environment Loughborough University and The Higher Education Academy

Engaging Students in Designing the ‘Academic Book of the Future’ University of Lincoln

Student Academic Partners – A case study of students using technology to enhance the student experience Birmingham City University

Lifting up learning with student-led research Abertay University

Developing a Student Academic Facilitator Role at the University of Portsmouth University of Porstmouth

Flip View and Learn University of Lincoln

Business and Law Building

We will be making the most of the David Chiddick Building which is one of many buildings with inspiring stories of regeneration and new life. Much like the Brayford Pool campus itself, a former brownfield site that we have lovingly developed since 1996 into a thriving education, innovation and leisure quarter at the heart of Lincoln’s city centre.

The building, now home to the Lincoln Law School and Lincoln Business School, will act as a central hub for the day. This offers an accessible venue, close to the train station, numerous car parks and the city centre.

Finding the venue

The David Chiddick Building is located on the east side of campus (building 18 on the University Campus Map).

Campus Map

For those coming from further afield, Lincoln is centrally located in the East Midlands, in easy reach of London, Leicester, Hull, Nottingham, Sheffield and Leeds, with good rail (we are 5 minutes walk from Lincoln Central) and road links, and two nearby airports. See here for more information about how to travel to Lincoln.

Travelling to Lincoln


Humberside Airport is 40 minutes away with domestic, European flights and international links available. If you fly into one of the London airports then you will need to transfer to Kings Cross Station to catch the train to Lincoln.

If you are arriving at East Midlands airport you will need to take the Skylink from East Midlands to Nottingham Train station, and then a train from Nottingham to Lincoln Central.


Road access is via the A1 with intersections at Newark (A46) from the South and near Retford (A57) from the North. The city is 40 miles east of Nottingham on the A46 and 40 miles south of the Humber Bridge on the A15.
Please note there is limited parking on campus. Further instructions with regard to car parking will be sent with Conference joining instructions.

Coaches – www.nationalexpress.com


Lincoln Central train station is a few minutes walk from the campus, London Kings Cross is less than two hours away.

Train information www.nationalrail.co.uk

Staying in Lincoln

If you are travelling the evening before, we would recommend these hotels, all with 2-10 minutes walk of campus:
£ Premier Inn Lincoln City Centre (10 minutes walk)
££ Holiday Inn Express (2 minutes walk, it’s pretty much on campus)
£££ Doubletree by Hilton (5 minutes walk)

We are taking bookings online through Eventbrite for staff and students. We have kept the event free for students and kept the costs for staff minimal to ensure the event is accessible as possible.

Please note if you are an Students’ Union Officer Elect or an elected officer within a College you are eligible for the student rate of ticket.

Alternate methods of payment

You can also pay for this even through invoice. Please email a Purchase Order (made to the University of Lincoln) to studentengagemnt@lincoln.ac.uk. Please include:

  • Name of Attendees
  • Dietary Requirements
  • Access Needs
  • Parking Space Needed

When making a purhcase order, please note that student spaces are free, however we will need the same information.


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