Student Partnerships


Strengthening the student and staff engagement in learning and teaching.

Learning Enhancement Officers (student employed as casual staff) and Learning Enhancement Partners (student volunteers). Our team ensures that all LEI activities are student-centric and are meeting the needs to students by embedding students as co-creators in all LEI projects and initiatives.

We can assist with:

  • Assigning students to co-design, build, provide feedback on courses, activities, assessment and other initiatives.
“… it should be the norm, not the exception, that students are engaged as co-partners and co-designers in all university and department learning and teaching initiatives, strategies and practices.”Healey, 2012
  • How it works

    Student Partnership Model: Consultation, Involvement, Participation, Partnership

    Figure 1: Four stages of student engagement (after HEA and NUS 2011)
    Source: Healey et al. (2014, 16)

  • Benefits of student partnership

    • Increase student’s employability skills including negotiation, partnership, awareness of pedagogical principles, communication, public speaking, collaboration, creative problem solving, design thinking, and advocacy.
    • Increased student
    • self-ownership of the learning experience through active and collaborative partnership.
    • Enhancement of student experiences through co-creation of learning design and an engaging learning environment.
    • Heightened understanding of another’s perspective, e.g. students understanding staff experiences and vice versa.
    • Increased sense of belonging to University and/or discipline.
    • Re-conceptualization of teaching as a collaborative process to foster learning.
  • Values & principles

    The University of Adelaide has adopted 10 values for engaging with student partnership:

    1. Authenticity
    2. Trust
    3. Honesty
    4. Courage
    5. Inclusivity
    6. Empowerment
    7. Development
    8. Respect
    9. Reciprocity
    10. Ownership
    11. Support

    Read more about the Student Partnership values here. 

    LEI has also adopted five principles for authentic student partnership:

    1. Foster inclusive partnerships
    2. Nurture power-sharing relationships through dialogue and reflection
    3. Accept partnership as a process with uncertain outcomes
    4. Engage in ethical partnerships
    5. Enact partnership for transformation

    Kelly Matthews (2017), "Five Propositions for Genuine Students as Partners Practice," International Journal for Students as Partners 1 (2), doi: 10.15173/ijsap.v1i2.3315


  • Adelaide Graduate Award

    The Adelaide Graduate Award is designed to develop your employability skills and prepare for life after University. Key components of the program involve undertaking work experience and volunteering. Partnering as a student partner with the Learning Enhancement and Innovation team can contribute volunteer hours to the Adelaide Graduate Award."

    If you would like to know more, please fill out the student expression of interest form below.

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