The importance of student involvement, student engagement and the student voice to quality assurance and the enhancement of learning and teaching is widely recognised.
However, whilst students are now included in mainstream quality assurance and enhancement processes, critics argue that their involvement is still predominantly driven by a student-as-consumer view, rather than treating students as equal partners.
This paper discusses the notion of student partnerships, characterised by collaboration, joint decision-making, and joint ownership of the process and outcome.
The paper outlines the University of Edinburgh’s development of a Student Partnership Agreement, the basis of the
partnership working with students and the ways in which partnering with students achieves a broadening of the scope of quality assurance.
This paper was presented at EQAF and reflects the views of the named authors only.