UCL Changemakers


About UCL ChangeMakers

UCL ChangeMakers is about collaboration and innovation to enhance the UCL learning experience. Students and staff work together to make changes for the benefit of everyone in the UCL community.


  • Students undertaking the projects become more engaged, responsible and pro-active learners – students with a stronger sense of belonging.
  • Departments gain the expertise and enthusiasm of students motivated to help make positive change at UCL. 
  • Both learn from the experience of working with the other in a relationship of trust, equality and mutual gain.

DR Jenny Marie & Prof Dilly Fung presenting awards at the ChangeMakers Fair

Publications from the ChangeMakers team

Mercer-Mapstone, L., & Marie, J. (2019). Practical Guide: Scaling up student-staff partnerships in higher education.Institute for Academic Development: University of Edinburgh. bit.ly/2EfUR16 

King, A. & Irarrazabal, M. "Embedding Students as Partners in Quality Assurance Processes: Evolution of the ASER Facilitator Role." The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 1, dec. 2019. ISSN 2055-4990. Available at: https://journals.studentengagement.org.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/915

LeBihan, J., Lowe, T. & Marie, J. 2018. “Considerations of the challenges, conflicts and competitions when expanding student-staff partnerships across an institution: Perspectives from three UK Universities.” Journal of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, 1 (2) https://journals.le.ac.uk/ojs1/index.php/jlthe/article/view/2954/2761

Marie, J., Hansen, J., Melissa, H., Irarrazabal Elliot, M., Piccoli, G., & Thorogood, J. 2018. “Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice: Reflections on the Design and Experience of Participants.” International Journal for Students as Partners 2 (2) https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/article/view/3370/3248

Marie, J. 2018. “Students as Partners” In Davies, J.P., & Pachler, N. Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Perspectives from UCL. (London: IOE Press). https://www.ucl-ioe-press.com/books/higher-education-and-lifelong-learning/teaching-and-learning-in-higher-education/

Marie, J., Azuma, F. 2018. “Partnership support for departments with low student satisfaction.” Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 2 (1) https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/raise/article/view/Marie/642

Marie, J. 2018. “The relationship between research-based education and student/staff partnerships.” In Tong, V., Standen, A., and Sotiriou, M. Shaping Higher Education with Students: Ways to Connect Research with Teaching. (London: UCL Press).

Marie, J., McGowan, S. 2017. “Moving Towards Sustainable Outcomes in Student Partnerships: Partnership Values in the Pilot Year.” International Journal for Students as Partners 1 (2): https://mulpress.mcmaster.ca/ijsap/article/view/3081/2888

Marie, J., MacKenzie, S., Rowett, S., Wright, M. 2017. “Staff Perceptions of ‘hard to reach’” Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change 3 (1) https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/issue/view/54/showToc

Marie, J., Rowett, S., MacKenzie, S., Wright, M., Lusk, S. 2017. “Which Lenses Best Help us Make our Practices Inclusive?” Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change 3 (1) https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/issue/view/54/showT

Fung, D., 2016. "Engaging Students with Research Through a Connected Curriculum: An Innovative Institutional Approach." Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly37(2)

Marie, J., Arif, M. and Joshi, T. 2016. “UCL ChangeMakers projects: Supporting staff/student partnership on educational enhancement projects.” Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal 1 (1) https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/raise/article/view/393/351

Publications from ChangeMakers projects teams

(Please let us know if yours is missing: changemakers@ucl.ac.uk)

Lam, S., Galdames, S., & Tong, V. (2019). From a little idea to a project. International Journal for Students As Partners3(1), 190-196. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v3i1.3627

Fu, Y. and Inskip, C., 2019, March. Exploring User Experience on Mobile Library Service by Cognitive Mapping. In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (pp. 397-400). ACM. doi>10.1145/3295750.3298968

Thorogood, J., Faulkner, S. and Warner, L., 2019. Slow strategies for student (and staff) engagement. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal2(2), pp.105-123.

Johnson, L., Malik, N., Gafson, I., Gostelow, N., Kavanagh, J., Griffin, A. and Gishen, F., 2018. Improving patient safety by enhancing raising concerns at medical school. BMC medical education18(1), p.171. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12909-018-1281-4

Thorogood, J., Azuma, F., Collins, C., Plyushteva, A., Marie, J. 2018. “Changemakers and change agents: encouraging students as researchers through Changemaker’s programmes.” Journal of Geography in Higher Education DOI: 10.1080/03098265.2018.1460804

McKemmish, L.K., Coates, R.L., Botelho, F.S., Kuhai, A., Marshall, K.V. and Turlej, L.Z., (2018) "Connecting Physics students and researchers through the production of YouTube videos." In Tong, V., Standen, A., and Sotiriou, M. Shaping Higher Education with Students: Ways to Connect Research with Teaching. (London: UCL Press). https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/j.ctt21c4tcm.46.pdf

Vikhanova, A., Wedi, V. 2018 'Involving international postgraduate students in university initiatives – a qualitative investigation into ‘UCL ChangeMakers’' Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change vol 4 (1) https://journals.gre.ac.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/750

Coates, R., Kuhai, A., Turlej, L., Rivlin, T., and McKemmish, L. 2017. "Phys FilmMakers: teachign science student how to make YouTube style videos."  European Journal of Physics (39) https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6404/aa93bc/pdf

Mckemmish, L., Coates, R., Botelho, F., Robertson, H., Leong, G. 2017. "Training more Socially-Conscious Physicists using Undergraduate Discussions Groups based around YouTube Videos." Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change Vol 3 (2) https://journals.studentengagement.org.uk/index.php/studentchangeagents/article/view/547

Bücking, T.M., Hill, E.R., Robertson, J.L., Maneas, E., Plumb, A.A. and Nikitichev, D.I., 2017. "From medical imaging data to 3D printed anatomical models". PloS one12(5), p.e0178540. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0178540

López, C.L. and Manalastas, G., 2017. Errors in L1 and L2 University students’ writing in English: Grammar, spelling and punctuation. RAEL: revista electrónica de lingüística aplicada16(1), pp.118-134. https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=6601015

Garcia Souto, M.D.P., Striolo, C.N., Vogel, M., Grammenos, R., Whyndham, M., Hughes, G., Kador, T., Britton, J., Mambetisaeva, E., Richardson, M. and Albelda-Gimeno, L., 2017. Peer assessing individual contributions in a group project. http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/10063005/


  • SHRE Talk on 'Students as Partners in Learning, Teaching and Assessment', Jenny Marie (alongside colleagues from other universities), October 2019. A recording of the presentations can vbe found on: SRHE Podcast.
  • Co-Leading a workshop on Partnership, Jenny Marie (with others) RAISE Conference, September 2019 
  • Co-Facilitating a 3 day workshop at the International Students as Partners Change Institute, Jenny Marie & Jacob Rix, University of Adelaide, July 2019
  • 'Changing ChangeMakers: reflections on re-structuring our institution-wide staff-student partnership scheme' Nick Grindle & Abbie King, Change Agents Network Conference, May 2019
  • 'What aspects of research-based education are most likely to be developed through student-staff partnership projects?' Abbie King, Sandra Lusk, Jenny Marie & Fiona Wilkie, RAISE Conference 2018
  • 'Promoting research based learning and engagement with external audiences through the use of portfolios', Evelyn Andrada Mantoiu, Nicholas Grindle, Fiona Wilkie, Jacob Rix, Joseph Cook, George Hadjipavlis, Saiful Islam and Kshipra Kulkarni, RAISE Conference Sept 2018
  • Keynote ‘What do we value about University Engagement?’ Student Fellows Conference, University of Winchester, May 2018
  • 'Developing Student Quality Reviewers' Abbie King, Sandra Lusk, Jenny Marie, April 2018
  • 'Experiences of UCL ChangeMakers Student Fellows' Maisie Harrison, Manuela Irarrázabal, Octavian Maxim, Saul Wodak, April 2018
  • RAISE Conference 2017
  • Chaired plenary panel (with Bernadette Foley, University of Adelaide) on 'The role of Students in Research-based Education'. Connecting Higher Education conference, June 2017
  • CAN Conference 2016
  • Keynote (with Stecia Fletcher, Tobias Bueschel and Francesca Peruzzo) ‘Making Educational Change Through Staff Student Partnerships’ UCL Teaching and Learning Conference, 19 April 2016 (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/stream/media/swatch?v=13daf5ac3474)
  • CAN Conference 2015


  • University of the Arts on Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice; 
  • University of Pottsdam on Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice;
  • University of Bristol on ChangeMakers;
  • City Lit on ChangeMakers;
  • University of Auckland on ChangeMakers; 
  • University of Hull on ChangeMakers;
  • LSE on ChangeMakers;
  • Miroslava Dmitrieva (German Chancellor Fellowship for prospective leaders) on ChangeMakers;
  • Dual Conseil, France on ChangeMakers;
  • Goldsmiths College on ChangeMakers;
  • University of Queensland on the operation of ChangeMakers;
  • Imperial College London, on ChangeMakers
  • Sheffield University on the ChangeMakers ‘scholars’ scheme.
  • McMaster’s Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Learning and Teaching (MIIETL, now the MacPherson Institute) on ChangeMakers


  • Dr Jenny Marie, National Teaching Fellow, 2018
  • Dr Jenny Marie, Provost's Teaching Award, 2017
  • Abbie King, Provost's Excellence Award (Innovation), 2015

UCL ChangeMakers Team

Abbie KingStrategic Projects Manager (Education & Student Experience), Arena Centreabbie.king@ucl.ac.uk
Fiona WilkieProjects Officer (Quality Assurance & Enhancement, Arena Centref.wilkie@ucl.ac.uk
Sandra LuskProjects Officer (Recognition, Development & Resources)s.lusk@ucl.ac.uk