A Partnership Approach to Designing the UQ Students as Partners Program

UQ is taking an authentic partnership approach to embedding and enacting partnership across the university. UQ formed a students as partners steering group of over 30 students and staff, co-chaired by a student (Lucy Mercer-Mapstone) and staff member (Professor Stuart Carney), to guide the implementation of students as partners as a core initiative to achieve the goals of the Student Strategy 2016-2020.

The steering group’s key recommendation was to design and implement a university-wide students as partners program (UQSaPP) – the aim of which is to integrate dynamic and inclusive partnerships at all levels of teaching and learning-related activities at UQ.  

In the latter half of 2017, the UQSaPP design project was initiated. Co-lead by a student (Lucy Mercer-Mapstone) and staff member (Aimee Parker) working in partnership, this project takes a partnership approach to designing the UQ-wide students as partners program.

This collaborative approach takes the shape of 11 students as partners pilot projects trialling different aspects of student-staff partnership in the UQ context. Across these projects, 29 students fellows and 22 staff are collaborating as partners to design and inform various aspects of UQSaPP. All student fellows received a scholarship for their involvement, funded by the UQ Student Strategy. 

For details and case studies of each of these 11 projects, see the links below.