Wherever the setting – inside or outside curricula – partnerships offer a potentially radical way to transform teaching and learning in higher education. Such transformation stands to benefit the individuals engaging in partnership; the broader academic community of students and staff who experience enhanced teaching; and the institutions within which partnership takes place as they see a cultural shift toward diverse and inclusive partnership communities.

Students as Partners research has increased rapidly in the past few years. As practitioners explore and publish their findings, we start to get a better understanding of what the potential benefits and impacts of partnership are for individuals and institutions who engage in partnership.

As UQ moves towards embedding a culture of partnership by making students as partners ‘business as usual’ throughout multiple levels of the institution, below are some of the potential benefits and impacts that may result from this collaborative work.