17 November 2016 | EQAF Paper

Students creating change

Joseph Levell, Claire Thompson, Ruth Sayers, Jayne Mitchell


The paper presents Bishop Grosseteste University’s (BGU) experience of introducing and embedding an innovative whole-University student engagement initiative into a small, traditional, University. The paper describes the development of an institutional wide ‘students creating change’ scheme where staff and students were coached and supported to research and create change to the learning opportunities and experiences for students.

The scheme also include the development of a ‘students creating change’ framework, designed to identify and embed institutional enhancement in student representation, ensure that the Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Strategy is meeting the needs of students, and embed student engagement as a key part of the student experience. The paper highlights the challenges, benefits, lessons learned and approaches to gaining the support and participation of the Students’ Union, student body, senior University leaders and academic and professional services staff in the process.


This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.

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