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Students as Co-Creators Seminar Series, Spring 2021


Seminar 1: Principles of partnership at Westminster, 10th February 4:30 – 6 pm, Speaker: Dr Fatima Maatwk

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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.

About the speaker: Dr Fatima Maatwk is a lecturer on the Student Partnerships Programme at the University of Westminster. Fatima completed her doctorate at Westminster University. Her research was on lived diversity perceptions and experiences in a cross-cultural setting. Her approach is interdisciplinary in the fields of diversity management, social psychology and cultural studies. Currently, her work is focused on the University’s Co-Creation programmes and decolonisation project. She is also a lecturer and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion researcher at Westminster Business School.

Respondents: Kiu Sum, Doctoral Researcher at the University of Westminster and Students as Co-Creators Ambassador and Dr Jennifer Fraser, University Director of Student Partnership, Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation, Principal Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, National Teaching Fellow 2016.

Principles of partnership at Westminster (Slides – PDF)

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Seminar 2: Embedding partnership in learning and teaching, 24th February 2 – 3:30 pm, Speaker: Dr Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka

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In this seminar, Tanya will share her research on embedding partnership working in learning and teaching through curriculum co-creation. Tanya’s recently completed PhD research focused on the ways in which student/staff partnerships in co-creating higher education curricula advance their aims in higher education, analysing the benefits and challenges for both individuals and the wider universities and communities in which they work. In this session, Tanya will focus on how co-creation can provide a process-oriented way of working that develops the ethos and culture of learning environments as a way to embed partnerships in what we do, and she will provide examples from practice to stimulate thinking and discussion.

About the speaker: Dr Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka recently completed her PhD research at the University of Edinburgh focusing on analysing the impact of student engagement and student/staff partnerships in co-creating learning and teaching in higher education. Tanya also works at the University of Edinburgh coordinating professional learning courses, knowledge exchange, and impact-related activities at Moray House School of Education and Sport.

Respondents: Dr Gulshanara (Rumy) Begum Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, Academic Professional Development Fellow, Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation, and Nishat Tasnim, Biomedical Sciences student at the University of Westminster and Students as Co-Creators Ambassador.

Embedding Partnership in Learning and Teaching (Slides – PDF)

Seminar 3: Hlk’aanGa – “Intertwined”: Decolonizing partnership from an Indigenous worldview, 23rd March 5 – 6:30 pm, by Yahlnaaw
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Jah! Xaaydaga ‘las! Yahlnaaw han.nuu dii kiiGa ga. HlGaagilda Xaayda Gwaii sda.uu hll iigiing. Lax Kxeen sda.uu hll na.uu dii gan. Way.yad.uu ‘Nizdeh Nekeyoh Hohudel’eh Baiyoh’, Lheidli T’enneh guu.uu hll naa.uu dii ga. –  “Hey! Wonderful People! My name is Yahlnaaw. I am from Skidegate, Haida Gwaii. I was born and raised in Lāx Kx̱een, also known as Prince Rupert, B.C. on Ts’msyen territory. I am attending graduate education at the University of Northern British Columbia on Lheidli T’enneh territory in what is also known as Prince George, B.C. I am focusing on Skidgeate Haida language revitalization through traditional storytelling”.

About the speaker: I am an Indigenous, Queer, Pansexual, Transgender woman navigating what feels like a limb stretched into many worlds. I aim to bridge these different epistemologies (ways of knowing), ontologies (ways of being), and axiology (values) into my decolonial work to effectively participate and engage within my learning journey – a central component of this being partnerships and therefore relationships. Hlk’aanGa – “Intertwined”: Decolonizing Partnership from an Indigenous Worldview speaks to my personal experiences on possible avenues forward for us to truly situate ourselves in our work. We are our work – and therefore we are also our partnerships and relationships.

Respondents: Dr Fatima Maatwk, Student Partnerships Lecturer, University of Westminster and Fatema-Zahra Somji, University of Westminster Graduate and Students as Co-Creators Ambassador.

Hlk’aanGa (Slides – PDF)

Seminar 4: Decolonial Approaches to the Legal Curriculum, 14th April, 1 – 2:30 pm, by Manvir Grewal & Dr Victoria Brooks

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Decolonial Approaches to the Legal Curriculum is a Students as Co-creators Project looking at understanding what it means to decolonise the legal curriculum, and what students might want and need from a decolonised core legal curriculum. Our project is formed of three phases: the workshop phase, the focus group phase and the reporting phase. In this seminar, we will be discussing the background to our project and the process of undertaking phase one, a workshop run by Dr Suhraiya Jivraj and Lisa Shoko from the University of Kent on decolonisation and anti-racist legal pedagogies, which took place online at Westminster Law School in September 2020.

About the speakers: Manvir Grewal is a writer and academic at the University of Westminster. She is mostly interested in socio-legal theory and inequalities, taking an intersectional lens with a focus on belonging and decolonial thought in the legal profession and higher education. Victoria Brooks is a writer and researcher at Westminster Law School. Her research interests are in queer approaches to sexual ethics, narration, and storytelling. She is currently writing her second book, which is called Mistress Ethics: On the Virtues of Sexual Kindness forthcoming for Bloomsbury, and she also writes queer fiction. Henna Masih is a Law Student at the University of Westminster and a Student as Co-Creator.

Decolonial approaches to the legal curriculum (Slides – PDF)

Seminar 5: Navigating the ethics of partnership relationships, 28th April, 2 – 3 pm, by Dr Moonisah Usman

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Working in partnership can be a messy and sometimes challenging experience. Yet, one of the most rewarding aspects of participating in partnership projects, is the relationship that is built between students and staff. Relationships that are built around trust and offer a safe space for dialogue can lead to a shift in classroom power dynamics and result in transformative learning experiences. This seminar will explore the ethics of partnership relationships to address a key question; how can we make student partners feel valued, safe and supported?

About the speaker: Dr Moonisah Usman is a lecturer in foundation learning, in the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation at the University of Westminster. She has a background in supporting student-staff partnerships and an interest in inclusive pedagogical practices that crosses both her disciplinary and partnership work. Moonisah’s current research and teaching is in the area of academic skills, and human health-environment interactions.

Respondents: Ruxandra Calin, Westminster University Graduate and Students as Co-Creators Ambassador, and Dr Jennifer Fraser, University Director of Student Partnership, Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation and Principal Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences.

Ethics of partnership relationships (Slides – PDF)

RAISE Special Interest Group for Partnership

The RAISE Partnership SIG meeting was hosted by the Centre for Teaching Innovation, at the University of Westminster on the 30th January 2019.

The theme of the meeting was ‘Power dynamics in student staff partnerships’. Dr Lucy Mercer-Mapstone (Endeavour Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh) delivered the keynote, highlighting the multiple ways power can manifest in student-staff partnerships and the potential that partnership has to liberate and humanise.

A roundtable discussion about power and partnership followed, involving staff and students from a variety of UK institutions. A reading list has been drawn together from the attendees and participants.

The event concluded with recorded contributions from Western Sydney University, University of Queensland, and Bryan Mawr college. These videos posed intriguing questions about power in partnership and stimulated further discussions.

Visit this page for more information about partnership at the University of Westminster.

More information about the RAISE network can be found here.

Reading List

Reading list on power and partnership

Bazzul, J. (2018). Ethics, subjectivity, and sociomaterial assemblages: two important directions and methodological tensions. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 37(5), 467–480.

Bennett, S. (2009). Libraries and learning: a history of paradigm change. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 9(2), 181–197.

Brooks, D. (2019). Students learn from people they love.

Cook-Sather, A. (2007). Resisting the impositional potential of student voice work: Lessons for liberatory educational research from poststructuralist feminist critiques of critical pedagogy, 28(3), 389-401.

Hanchin, T. (2018). Educating for/in caritas: a pedagogy of friendship for Catholic higher education in our divided time. Horizons, 45, 74–104.

hooks, b. (2010). Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom. New York & London: Routledge.

hooks, b. (1994). Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York & London: Routledge.

Kehler, A., Verwoord, R. and Smith, H. (2017). We are the process: Reflections on the underestimation of power in students as partners in practice. International Journal for Students as Partners, 1(1).

Luxon, N. (2016). Rancière’s lessons in failure. Philosophy and Rhetoric, 49(4), 392–407.

Marquis, E., Jayaratnam, A., Mishra, A., & Rybkina, K. (2018). “I feel like some students are better connected”: Students’ perspectives on applying for extracurricular partnership opportunities. International Journal for Students as Partners, 2(1), 64-81.

Mathews, B., Metko, S. and Tomlin, P. (2018). Empowerment, experimentation, engagement: embracing partnership models in libraries. Educause Review, 53(3), 52–53.

Matthews, K. (2017). Five propositions for genuine students as partners practice. International Journal for Students as Partners, 1(2).

Mercer-Mapstone, L., & Mercer, G. (2017). A dialogue between partnership and feminism: deconstructing power and exclusion in higher education. Teaching in Higher Education, 1-7.

Mihans, R. J., Long, D. T., & Felten, P. (2008). Power and Expertise: Student-Faculty Collaboration in Course Design and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2(2).

Miller, K.E. (2018). On being in libraries. Educause Review, 53(5), 50–51.

Nave, L., Aguilar, A., Barnes, M., Knauer, A., Lubamba, E.-G., Miller, K., Taylor, T. (2018). On Confederate Monuments, Racial Strife, & the Politics of Power on a Southern Campus. Teaching and Learning Together in Higher Education (24).

Nelson, E. (2017). Re-thinking power in student voice as games of truth: dealing/playing your hand. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 25(2), 181-194.

Ntem, A and Cook-Sather, A. (2018). Resistances and resiliencies in pedagogical partnership: Student partners’ perspectives. International Journal for Students as Partners, 2(1).

O’Byrne, A. (2005). Pedagogy without a project: Arendt and Derrida on teaching responsibility and revolution. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 24(5), 389–409.

Peters, M.A. and Biesta, G. (2009). Derrida, deconstruction, and the politics of pedagogy. New York, NY: Peter Lang. Quinlan, K. M. (2016). How emotion matters in four key relationships in teaching and learning in Higher Education. College Teaching, 64(3), 101-111.

Seale, J., Gibson, S., Haynes, J., & Potter, A. (2015). Power and resistance: Reflections on the rhetoric and reality of using participatory methods to promote student voice and engagement in higher education. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 39(4), 534-552.

Taylor, C. A. and Bovill, C. (2018). Towards an ecology of participation: Process philosophy and co-creation of higher education curricula. European Educational Research Journal, 18(1), 112–128.

Taylor, C. A. and Harris-Evans, J. (2018). Reconceptualising transition to higher education

with Deleuze and Guattari. Studies in Higher Education, 43(7), 1254-1267.

Taylor, C. A. (2015). A guide to ethics and student engagement through partnership. York: Higher Education Academy.

Taylor, C. A. (2012). Student engagement, practice architectures and phronesis-praxis in the Student Transitions and Experiences Project. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 4(2), 109-125.

Taylor, C. A. and Robinson, C. (2009). Student voice: Theorising power and participation. Pedagogy, Culture and Society, 17(2), 16-175.

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