At Westminster we view partnership as a reciprocal process in which we share responsibility for shaping our learning and teaching environments and experiences. We work through a co-creation model of partnership which encourages students and faculty to build collaborative and reciprocal relationships of learning.
Student partnership is an area of development in the Centre for Teaching Innovation and across Westminster. We have a well-established Students as Co-Creators Project and we are currently looking at expanding student representation across the institution and moving co-creation into the curriculum.
Westminster Co-Creators Principles
The Westminster Co-Creators Principles have been established in collaboration with previous student and staff partners of the Students as Co-Creators Programme. These principles reflect the contributions, opportunities, values and possible outcomes of partnership between students and staff.
Students as Co-Creators
A core part of our partnership work at Westminster is the Student as Co-Creators Programme. This initiative provides opportunities and resources for students and staff to work together on research projects and enhance learning and teaching at the University of Westminster.
The Students as Co-Creators Programme gives students an opportunity to share their perspectives and ideas, shape their learning experiences, build networks and develop skills in team-working, leadership, communication, research, giving presentations, and managing projects and budgets. These experiences support students’ academic careers while also helping them gain important skills to enhance their employability.
The Students as Co-Creators programme has three distinct strands:
- Learning and Teaching Research Collaborations: Student and staff teams propose research to enhance the learning & teaching environment.
- Disciplinary Research Collaborations: Student and staff teams propose research within a specific discipline (or across disciplines).
- Curriculum Design Collaborations: Staff propose to develop an aspect of their course or module in partnership with students.
Westminster student participants have taken advantage of many opportunities to showcase their work on the Students as Co-Creators Programme, both internally and externally. The student partnership blog documents some of these experiences.