Working in partnership with students can be one of the most effective ways to engage your students.
Alongside the many department-led initiatives and local activities to work with students, there are a number of institution-wide programmes that you may wish to participate in to help drive positive changes in your programme or department.
Engage your students in departmental or programme priorities, create a sense of community and ensure a better educational experience for all.
Departmental ChangeMakers projects
UCL ChangeMakers supports staff and students to work together in a project team to work on an idea to drive positive change.
Every department is guaranteed £850 funding for a project of their choosing which supports their aims of improving the student experience.
Reviewing sources of student feedback such as previous SSCC minutes, ASER plans, and survey results can help spark project ideas. Project proposals must be discussed at the SSCC and then approved by Departmental Teaching Committee.
Funding and information support your project is available on the ChangeMakers Departmental Project moodle site
Contact the ChangeMakers team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Quality Reviewers
Student Quality Reviewers work with departments across UCL to examine different areas of academic practice in depth and offer their perspective on what’s working or suggest ideas for improvements.
Students already work with us as part of Internal Quality Review (IQR) and Programme and Module Approval Panels (PMAP).
Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice
Student Reviewers of Teaching Practice work with staff to build a reflective dialogue about teaching practice and the learning experience of students.
For more information visit the UCL Peer Dialogue page
Student Curriculum Partners
Student Curriculum Partners work with staff to look at the inclusivity of curriculum materials, specifically in relation to race/ethnicity.
Contact Sukhi Bath email@example.com to discuss participating in an inclusivity health check.
For more information on all Student Quality Reviewers activities, please visit the Students’ Union UCL webpages.
Annual Student Experience Review (ASER) Student Co-authors
The ASER Development and Enhancement Plan is a live document to be referenced and updated throughout the year. It is co-signed by Student Academic Representatives, usually the Lead Department Reps at both undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.
Involving students in writing and contributing to the plan from the start of the year is an excellent way to make sure that the plan reflects the views and priorities of students in the department.
The ASER plan should be a standing item on every SSCC to help students to understand what actions are being taken and demonstrate the value of their feedback.
Effective Staff-Student Consultative Committees (SSCCs)
Effective SSCCs can provide more than just a meeting forum; they are an important opportunity to discuss and jointly plan how to address issues or share ideas and celebrate what has gone well.
Planning the SSCCs with the student co-chair can help make sure you are using the limited time effectively, for example coming prepared with a proposal idea for a ChangeMakers project or an update to the ASER.
For ideas on running effective SSCC see the staff resources page.
Have you worked in partnership with students or developed a new initiative that could be useful to share with others? Contact the Student Engagement Team to tell us more or provide a case study.