Students as Partners (SaP) creates space for students and staff to work together toward shared educational goals.

When students are positioned as partners in university communities, they become ‘more than students’ or ‘customers’. Students become active participants with valuable expertise to contribute to shaping learning, teaching, assessment, governance and the work of the University alongside academic and professional staff.

The Students as Partners approach covers a wide range of activities, both in and out of the classroom. One of the most commonly cited definitions for teaching and learning partnerships is:

A collaborative, reciprocal process through which all participants have the opportunity to contribute equally, although not necessarily in the same ways, to curricular or pedagogical conceptualisation, decision-making, implementation, investigation, or analysis. Cook-Sather, Bovill, & Felten, 2014, p. 6-7

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