Enhancing student engagement, collaboration and partnerships

Strudwick, Kate (2021) Enhancing student engagement, collaboration and partnerships. PhD thesis, University of Lincoln.

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This commentary presents a chronological reflection of professional practice developed through published work on student engagement and collaborations at the University of Lincoln. Evidencing a response to sector wide drivers, the contributions presented examine practice undertaken institutionally to engage students in research projects and curriculum design within the discipline of criminology. The aim during this period has been to respond to the emerging imperatives of the higher education sector with a particular focus on student engagement. Drawing on key elements of the student as producer and student as partners models, my work has been specifically characterised by a focus on student choice, collaboration, active participation and engagement with employability.

The contributions presented in this commentary address some of the recent challenges following the Browne Review (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2010), where policy reforms have attempted to commodify the sector in line with neoliberal principles and market-based measures of student choice, competitiveness and social mobility (See Policy from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2010; 2011; 2015; 2016; 2017 and Augar Report, 2019). The changes in higher education, towards marketisation, have been instrumental in developing a market, representing “… a paradigm shift” (Holmwood (2012: 12) in how higher education is organised. Policies developed a business approach to satisfaction and measuring teaching quality and standards, placed alongside regulation and financialisaton of higher education (see Molesworth et al 2009; Holmwood 2011; 2012; 2014; Collini, 2012).

By developing student engagement opportunities, through applying elements of student as producer and students as partners theoretical models, my work has been conducted in collaboration with students, promoting their engagement and participation within and outside of the curriculum.

The contributions presented in this commentary illustrate where sector-driven responses have been made and how they addressed specific elements of policy. This has been conducted through the adoption of a two-stranded theoretical framework, complemented by Student Engagement as an encompassing model, within which the framework is situated. My work has addressed the shifting role of students, and the impact this has had in a practical sense, reflecting upon the different models to show how my work has provided choice, collaboration, active participation and addressing employability.

Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:46283
Deposited On:31 Aug 2021 14:20

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