• Alexander Dwyer, Student Partner (current)

    Alex is currently completing a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major is anthropology at the University of Queensland and has previously completed a Bachelor of Psychology at the Queensland University of Technology.

    Alex is passionate about the use of applied anthropology and ethnography to gain insight into the socio-cultural processes that underpin the human experience. Moreover, he believes social science has an essential role to play in guiding effective policy, practice and innovation. His areas of academic interest include social and cognitive anthropology, social dynamics, evolutionary psychology, technoethics and Indigenous art and land rights.

    In 2017, Alex has been working for the Queensland government in the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP) with the Community and Personal Histories (CPH) team. Alex has previously worked as a researcher at the University of Queensland with the faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), and with the Institute of Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI). He has also worked as a volunteer researcher for the UQ Anthropology Museum, the Museum of Queensland and the CSIRO.

    Focus: Alex is conducting analysis of data from the ‘Students as Partners: reconceptualising the role of students in teaching and learning’ study. He is also co-facilitating workshops on students as partners at the 2018 International Students as Partners Institute hosted by McMaster University, Canada.

  • Stuart Russell, Student Partner (current)

    Stuart is about to commence the final semester of a Bachelor of Arts, with an extended major in Anthropology, and a minor in philosophy at the University of Queensland. Stuart is interested in the use of ethnography and anthropological insight to better understand the diversity of intersections which work to mediate relationships between individuals in the social, cultural and political domains. 

    In 2016, Stuart undertook a winter internship at the Kimberley Land Council working alongside anthropologists and lawyers in the Native Title setting, subsequently submitting an independent studies (ANTH2210) paper on the role of the Aboriginal Rangers in the transmission of Traditional Ecological Knowledge and environmental management. 

    Stuart’s research areas of interest include: Indigenous epistemologies and cosmology, Native Title, Indigenous education, applications of alternative forms of democracy/governance, and the role of music in self-representation and (socio-cultural) healing. 

    Focus: Stuart is conducting analysis of data from the ‘Students as Partners: reconceptualising the role of students in teaching and learning’ study. He is also co-facilitating workshops on students as partners at the 2018 International Students as Partners Institute hosted by McMaster University, Canada.

  • Lucie Sam Dvorakova, Student Partner

    Lucie Sam Dvorakova (known as ‘Sam’) is an honours research student in chronic pain and neuropharmacology at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland. She has recently completed two bachelor degrees in science and arts, majoring in biochemistry and mathematics respectively. She has received a number of scholarships and stipends to work on Student as Partner initiatives and she is the first student co-chair of the Student Engagement special interest group in the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

    Sam has worked extensively with student groups such as low-income, international, and first-year science students in specialist programs designed to improve retention rates, involvement, and foster learning communities. Her research interests also include finding practical ways to encourage involvement of undergraduates in research, transfer of skills and knowledge between fields, and metacognition.

    Focus: Sam is co-designing and facilitating international workshops, collaborating on an international, systematic literature review, co-authoring publications, and spreading the ideas of students as partners through peer networks, her position as chair of a Student Representative on the ISSoTL Executive Board, and through conferences.

  • Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, Student Partner

    Lucy Mercer-Mapstone currently a PhD candidate in the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining (Sustainable Minerals Institute) at the University of Queensland, Australia. Lucy’s interest in ‘students as partners’ initiatives is based on a firm belief in the value and importance of motivating and empowering students to be fully engaged in their own education. She has been involved in research on students as partners initiatives as part of her role as co-fellow on a National Teaching Fellowship, as well as focussing on other areas of higher education research and development – such as the development of generic skills for employability – in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation at UQ. Lucy has taught science communication in a range of undergraduate science courses across ecology, chemistry, and physics, and carried out action research through the evaluation of her teaching, relying on the core tenets of the scholarship of teaching and learning. She is also a member of an International Collaborative Writing Group focussing on research exploring the Scholarship of Assessment in the Digital Age – an ISSoTL initiative. Lucy has experience in undergraduate teaching and learning, facilitating conference sessions, panel discussions, and workshops for both university students and teaching academics, has numerous papers published top-tier higher education journals, and is the recipient of three PhD scholarships. Lucy has a Bachelor of Science (Ecology; Honours: Class I) and a Bachelor of Journalism.

    Focus: Lucy is planning and co-facilitating international and local workshops on students as partners in teaching and learning, co-researching on an international, systematic literature project, writing scholarly publications, and encouraging students as partners discussion and practice through her network of peers at her local institution as well as through workshops and conferences. 

  • Jarred Turner, Student Partner

    Jarred is an Arts and Secondary Education student at the University of Queensland. He completed a Summer Research Project with the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation in 2015-16, where he developed a model for whole-of-program curriculum design in higher education. Jarred is passionate about youth mentoring, and works as a Senior Mentor for UQ’s flagship equity program for prospective students: the UQ Young Achievers Program.

    An advocate for youth innovation, Jarred runs a program of school workshops which encourage students to build businesses that have a positive impact. He was named Deloitte Brisbane’s Social Innovation Pitch Winner for this initiative. He is also coordinating a team that will deliver Australia’s largest youth social enterprise conference in August of this year. 

    Focus: Jarred is contributing to an international, systematic literature review on students as partners. He is also co-researching students as partners projects at various universities through interviews with participants. 

  • Fadia Khouri Saavedra, Student Partner 

    Fadia is an international student from Colombia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a graduate diploma in Project design and evaluation. She is currently undertaking her Master’s degree in Educational Studies with a major in leadership at UQ. Fadia firmly believes in education as the engine of development and change. Therefore, she has always been interested in enhancing the conditions and opportunities of teaching and learning. Particularly, her areas of interest include teaching and learning innovation, leadership capacity building, and educational policy.

    Before travelling to Australia, Fadia worked more than four years at Universidad del Norte (Colombia) in which she had the opportunity to coordinate the implementation of new programs and strategies and work towards the improvement of academic administrative procedures. She also enjoys volunteering in activities in which she can help and support other students or get involved in the community.

    Focus: Fadia is setting up a UQ Students as Partners Community of Practice. This CoP aims to offers a co-learning and co-creation space in which UQ staff and students can share their knowledge, experiences and ideas, learn from each other, and get involved in SaP projects.

  • Lorelei Hine, Student Partner

    Lorelei has just completed a Bachelor of Social Science with a major in Health & Society at the University of Queensland. In 2016, she worked on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) Undergraduate Student Experience project as a student partner, exploring HASS student retention and employability by analysing qualitative focus group data. She worked collaboratively with other student partners and staff members to produce findings reports for HASS and its Schools. Lorelei has also held a number of other roles at the university, working for the Student Relations Network and as 2016 president of the Social Sciences Association. These have enabled her to see formal and informal student-staff partnerships firsthand, and enhanced her understanding of the student experience at UQ. Lorelei is also a HASS peer mentor and enjoys assisting her peers with their questions and assessments.

    Although she does not have one particular interest area, Lorelei enjoys conducting social research and is fascinated by both students’ experiences at university, and the students as partners approach. She is passionate about allowing students to have their voices heard.

    Focus: Lorelei is undertaking qualitative analysis of interviews from the ‘Students as Partners: Reconceptualising the role of students in teaching and learning’ study.

  • Benjamin Luo, Student Partner

    Benjamin is currently studying medicine at The University of Queensland following completion of a Bachelor of Arts with extended major in psychology and minor in philosophy. He also works at UQ, developing online tutorials for first and second year medical students. Additionally, he has a psychology education channel on Youtube. Benjamin is interested in improving education and hopes to help develop UQ’s curriculum through research under ITaLI.

    Focus: Benjamin is currently involved in understanding the “students as partners” initiative from the perspective of students by conducting qualitative and quantitative analysis of student written comments.

  • Lauren Groenendijk, Student Partner

    Lauren is an honours student in Students as Partners at the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation and the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Queensland. Her thesis will focus on student and academic perspectives on this concept within the sciences, specifically whether exposure to this concept results in a higher value being placed on SoTL and students acting as partners in their higher education. In 2015 she completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in biomedical sciences with subject areas including psychology, anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and neuroscience. She is also completing a concurrent diploma of languages.

    Lauren first developed an interest in teaching and learning while working as an au pair and tutor in Salzburg, Austria during her gap year. She tutors primary school students with difficulties in reading and comprehension, and has applied to volunteer with refugees to assist with enhancing their English language skills in a program commencing in April.

    Focus: Lauren is conducting comparative research on student and academic attitudes and perspectives on the concept of students as partners, specifically in the sciences. She is also co-designing and facilitating international workshops on students as partners, as well as collaborating on an international, systematic literature review.

  • Yitong Bu (Coco), Student Partner

    Yitong is an international student from China who is majoring in Mathematics and Chinese at The University of Queensland. She has always been passionate about teaching and willing to contribute in education. Her practice as a maths tutor for first year university students has given her an insight of how classroom teachers work and prepare their classes. She introduces useful programs (WolframAlpha and Desmos) to the students, hoping the students can not only use the programs to solve problems but also use them to gain interests in learning. After all, having interests in the subject is the primary drive for effective and enjoyable learning, she believes.

    Yitong is also involved in a number of extra-curriculum activities, including UQ Advantage Program and Student Leader Program. The participation in these programs includes organising school events, performing a leadership role in conversation class for international students and going on exchange to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

    Focus: Yitong is acting as a co-evaluator on a Technology-enabled Learning Grant in the School of Mathematics and Physics exploring the perspectives of students on the use of dynamic, interactive simulations for quantitative problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Her work will inform further implementation of such simulations in teaching and learning in maths and physics at UQ. Coco also participated in a National Roundtable on Engaging Students as Partners in Global Learning - read her blog post about this event.

  • Naima Crisp, Student Partner

    Naima is an Arts student at the University of Queensland who is completing an extended major in Psychology and a minor in Mathematics. She is passionate about the links between psychology and education, and how this can shape the ways that we engage in learning. Currently, at the university she acts as a peer mentor for the HASS faculty and is participating in the UQ Advantage Program.

    Naima first took an interest in teaching and learning whilst listening to a Ted Talk in high school given by Ken Robinson. Ever since, Naima has actively engaged in the education community, tutoring primary school students from a variety backgrounds and has recently applied to undertake volunteer work in the UK, assisting teachers in the classroom.

    Focus: Naima is planning and co-researching students as partners projects at the University of Queensland through interviews with Academic Leaders.

  • Yiet Hean Goh, Student Partner

    Goh is an international student from Malaysia, a current second student at the University of Queensland who majors in Chemical Engineering. His ambition is to change the world by inventing new technology or engaging himself in government service to improve the country. Goh also enjoys other fields, especially education because education is the most important medium to foster well-educated and proactive future generations. “Students as Partners” is a way that everyone can contribute to the enhancement of students’ learning and engagement.

    Focus: Goh is planning and co-researching students as partners projects at the University of Queensland through interviews with Academic Leaders..

  • James Beattie, Student Partner

    James is a third year Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Mathematics student at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). He majors in physics and applied and computational mathematics. Previously James completed a Bachelor of Education (Secondary), majoring in computing and biology. James works at Queensland University of Technology as a research assistant in automated environmental control and monitoring — a robotics vision research group — and as a sessional academic in biology, physics and computational statistics undergraduate classes

    James was the founding President of QUT's Physics Society and has helped other student society groups get started at QUT. He participates in a number of committee groups, inside and outside of the university, including the Queensland Branch of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Student as Partners Committee, at QUT. James went on exchange to Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he studied cosmology, vibrations and The Calculus. Alongside of the sciences and the mathematics, James is interested in learning, learning experiences, pedagogy and student engagement. He hopes through the growth and study of these areas higher education may provide a better framework to promote scientific literacy and scientific engagement throughout the world, and of course, in our local community.

    Focus: James is co-researching to further our understanding of how different curricula influence students' perceptions in undergraduate science degree programs. He is performing an analysis using statistical and machine learning techniques on science student survey data and conducting a review of higher education literature on students' beliefs about thinking like a scientist.

  • Jeremy Edirisinghe, Student Partner

    Jeremy is an Engineering and Commerce student at the University of Queensland. He enjoys mentoring first year students and transitioning students from secondary to higher education. He also tutors first year mathematics and incorporates programs such as Graphmatica, WolframAlpha and Microsoft Excel to enhance student learning.

    Jeremy is also heavily involved within volunteering and youth development programs such the UQ Young Achievers Program and UQ Student Leaders. He also is involved in the UQ Advantage Program and is currently a UQ Advantage Ambassador where he gives an insight into the volunteering and extra-curricular activities that UQ has to offer. Jeremy enjoys public speaking and was the Session Chair for UQ’s Undergraduate Research Conference in 2015.

    Focus: Jeremy is acting as a co-evaluator on a Technology-enabled Learning Grant in the School of Mathematics and Physics exploring the perspectives of students on the use of dynamic, interactive simulations for quantitative problem-solving and mathematical thinking. Her work will inform further implementation of such simulations in teaching and learning in maths and physics at UQ.

  • Kelly Matthews, Fellow & Academic Partner

    The Fellow is Dr Kelly Matthews, Senior Lecturer in Higher Education in the Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation, and Faculty of Science at The University of Queensland (UQ).

    Her research focuses on the ‘experienced curriculum’ of students in higher education, particularly experiences of learning quantitative skills across science programs. She has developed an instrument, ‘Science Students Skills Inventory’, to capture students’ perceptions of their learning gains in relation to science programs. This instrument has been used across several Australian universities and resulted in published research, including in the prestigious journals: International Journal of Science Education, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education and International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology.

    Her practice translates student-focused research into tangible curriculum reform activities leveraging collaborative partnerships to build academic teaching and learning capacity. She has partnered on more than 20 Teaching and Learning projects worth $2 million since starting at UQ in 2006. As one example, she successfully led an Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) project focused on quantitative skill development across science programs. This project engaged colleagues across 13 universities in generating case studies whilst growing an international network of over 300 scholars, developing a visual curriculum mapping tool, and gaining media attention in The Australian. The project led to numerous speaking invitations, including the Australian Council of Deans of Science (ADCS) annual general meeting and Teaching and Learning Conference; two OLT Extension Grants and a special edition in a high impact international journal; and is featured on the ACDS Teaching and Learning Centre website. Internationally, her involvement in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) led to a 2014 Housing Scholarship from Lund University (Sweden) and an invitation to co-lead the 2015 International Collaborative Writing Groups initiative involving 70 scholars, including 10 students, from around the world. 

  • Mick Healey, Critical Friend & Evaluator

    Fellowship evaluator and critical friend is Professor Mick Healey. He is a Higher Education Consultant and Researcher and Emeritus Professor at the University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom (UK). Until 2010 he was Director of the Centre for Active Learning, a nationally funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Gloucestershire. He is also a Visiting Professor at UCL, UK; The Humboldt Distinguished Scholar in Research-Based Learning at McMaster University, Canada; an adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Australia; an International Teaching Fellow at University College Cork; and a Visiting Fellow at University of Queensland. He was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship (NTF) and to be made a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

    Mick is an experienced presenter. Since 1995 he has given over 500 educational workshops, seminars and conference presentations in 18 different countries. He has written and edited more than 180 papers, chapters, books and guides on various aspects of teaching and learning in Higher Education. He is often asked to act as an advisor to projects, universities and national governments on aspects of teaching and learning in Higher Education. Mick is a frequent visitor to Australia and has presented at approximately two-thirds of Australian Universities.