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 UQ Student Strategy 2016-2020.

The steering group’s key recommendation was to design and implement a university-wide students as partners program – 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 UQ Students as Partners Program (UQSaPP) design project was initiated. Co-lead by a student (Lucy Mercer-Mapstone) and staff member (Aimee Parker), this project took a partnership approach to designing the UQ-wide program.

This collaborative approach took the shape of 11 students as partners pilot projects trialling different aspects of student-staff partnership in the UQ context. Across these projects, 29 student fellows and 22 staff worked in partnership 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.