Here are five interrelated principles for good practice in partnership that draws together various threads of research and practice into overarching principles that can guide meaningful, power-sharing, and influential partnership approaches across a diverse range of institutional contexts and Students as Partners approaches. These have been published in The International Journal for Students as Partners.

Good practice should aspire to:

  • 1. Foster inclusive partnerships
    Ideally, institutions will direct attention to the experiences of a diversity of students as the focus of partnership work, while also offering a plethora of partnership opportunities that specifically seek to include students and staff from all backgrounds in meaningful, power-sharing learning partnerships that shape the university. Read more here.
  • 2. Nurture power-sharing relationships through dialogue and reflection

    Power, whether discussed or left unspoken, is always a factor in student-staff partnership interactions. Those in partnership should aspire to share power. Read more here.

  • 3. Accept partnership as a process with uncertain outcomes

    Partnership gives primacy to the co-creation of shared goals and outcomes that are mutually decided during the process of partnership. As such, the outcomes of students and staff engaging as partners are unknown at the beginning of the joint endeavour. Read more here.

  • 4. Engage in ethical partnerships

    Engaging in partnership should be governed by ethical guidelines — conducted in an ethical process and for ethical outcomes. Read more here.

  • 5. Enact partnership for transformation

    Transformation begins through our own active reflection and ongoing dialogue with others about who engages and why in partnership, what it means for higher education, and how we advocate for SaP more widely. Read more here.