Keynote Lecture

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Engaging Students in Partnership with Staff in Learning and Teaching

Professor Mick Healey and Dr Ruth Healey, Healey HE Consultants

Recording of the interactive lecture (including an introduction from the Vice-Chancellor)

Engaging students as partners in learning and teaching is arguably one of the most important issues facing higher education in the 21st Century. Partnership is essentially a process for engaging students, though not all engagement involves partnership. It is a way of doing things, rather than an outcome in itself. In this workshop, we will unpack what is meant by students as partners and examine four ways in which students may be engaged as partners through: a) Learning, teaching and assessment; b) Subject-based research and inquiry; c) Scholarship of teaching and learning; and d) Curriculum design and pedagogic advice and consultancy. The themes will be illustrated with mini case studies from different parts of the world. We will also discuss the values which should underpin student-staff partnerships and explore how the ideas discussed may be applied at the University of Gloucestershire, including in relation to online and blended learning environments.

Mick Healey is an HE Consultant and Researcher, and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire. Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. He is currently The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, Canada, and a Teaching Fellow at University College Cork. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and to be made a Principal Fellow of the HE Academy. In 2015 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Mick has written and edited over 200 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in HE, with a particular emphasis on research and inquiry-based learning and students working in partnership with staff. He has over 10,000 citations. He was co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development (2010-13) and is currently Inaugural Senior Editor International Journal for Students as Partners. Mick is an experienced presenter. Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational presentations in more than 25 different countries.

Ruth Healey is an Associate Professor in Pedagogy in Higher Education at the University of Chester. Her pedagogic research interests include teaching for social transformations, debates, ethics, and students as partners. Ruth has written over 30 pedagogic papers, chapters and reviews, with her work being cited over 400 times. She became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2014; in 2017 was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF); and in 2019 was awarded one of nine inaugural fellowships of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL). In 2018 she was a Group Leader at the International Students as Partners Institute at McMaster University and chaired the International Collaborative Writing Group on pedagogic partnerships and student well-being at the International Network for Learning and Teaching Geography in Higher Education (INLT) conference in Quebec, Canada. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (2009-) and is one of the inaugural Editors of the International Journal for Students as Partners (2016-). She is Chair of the Geography and Education Research Group of the Royal Geographical Society.

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