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Student Partnership

This page contains basic information about the Student Engagement Associate scheme and the Students as Change Agents programme. Its content is primarily aimed at staff and students based within the UK, but may also be of interest to those in China and Malaysia.

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What you need to know

The Educational Excellence Team promotes students and staff working in partnership to make changes and improve the University and the student experience. To facilitate this, we provide support and resources for two key programmes: 

  • Student Engagement Associates 
  • Students as Change Agents 

You can find some more information about these programmes below. There are also links to the SharePoint sites that serve as central hubs for the programmes, providing more detailed information about them and how to get involved. 

Student Engagement Associates

Student Engagement Associates (SEAs) are students employed by the Educational Excellence Team to work on strategic institution-wide projects prioritised by the University. Our aim is to work closely with students to ensure that their voice is heard in the University's developments and decisions. 

Who are SEAs?

SEAs are from a range of Faculties, year groups and backgrounds. We have a small number who we employ on a regular basis to work on various projects over the academic year, but we also engage additional students as SEAs for specific projects throughout the year. 

What kind of projects do SEAs work on?

SEA work is varied, but students have worked on projects to: 

Develop a Moodle Resource on Academic Integrity

Develop a Moodle Resource on Digital Conduct

Create an EDI Toolkit for staff

SEAs will work on the projects prioritised by the Education and Student Experience Strategic Delivery Plan, but we will consider proposals for other projects that have institution-wide impact. 

Want more information?

If you’re a student or member of staff at the University, for more detailed information about the programme please see the SEA SharePoint site. 


Students as Change Agents

Students aChange Agents (SACA) is a programme at the University which supports students and staff in academic Schools working in partnership to improve teaching and learning. This programme is dedicated to supporting local initiatives at the level of course, Department or School for the enhancement of education and student experience. 

The programme has been redesigned to a self-serve model for the 21/22 academic year, so if you’ve done a SACA project in the past the programme will be quite different this year. If you're running a project in your School/Department in partnership with students, then SACA is a vehicle to help structure this work. 

What support is available for running a SACA project?

The Educational Excellence Team provides a central SACA SharePoint serving as a one-stop-shop containing: 

  • more information about SACA and how it operates 

  • examples of past projects 

  • all the documentation you’d need to run a SACA project 

  • training resources for students to use to support them running a SACA project 

  • details about the ethics process for SACA projects (if doing surveys, focus groups or interviews) 

In addition to making a lasting impact on their university education, SACA is also a great opportunity for students to develop their skills. This includes project management and other key skills that will help to prepare them for the workplace.

Although it is possible for staff to initiate SACA projects, our preference is for student-led projects wherever possible.

Want more information?

If you’re a student or member of staff at the University, for more detailed information about the programme please see the SACA SharePoint site:  

SACA Sharepoint Site


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If you want to know more about any of the information on this page, please contact the Student Engagement Officer Email
This page was last updated on 17 November 2022 at 10:43 (GMT)