Student Academic Partners is a scheme which employs students to work in partnership with staff on learning and teaching development projects across the University. T-SPARC team members have been heavily involved in the development of the scheme and we are encouraging T-SPARC pilot projects to engage students through the scheme. Initial projects have engaged student academic partners in curriculum design as researchers working with staff to collect and collate student views and to trial particular technologies and we hope to employ further students to engage with other course design teams at the University.
Given the success of the project internally we were delighted to receive external recognition in the form of a Times Higher Education (THE) Award at the recent 2010 awards ceremony. The scheme was given the award for ‘Outstanding Support for Students’ category. In their summary, the impressed judging panel said the scheme was a “truly outstanding example to others across the sector”.