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Students as Co-Creators Seminar Series, Spring 2022

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Seminar 1: An introduction to the Pedagogies for Social Justice project, 9th February 12 – 1:30 pm, Speaker: Kyra Araneta

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/_V4CYkGIuM4

The first presentation in the ‘Students as Co-Creators’ spring seminar series will be an introduction to The Pedagogies for Social Justice (PSJ) project at the University of Westminster. Situated at the intersections of decolonising, anti-racist and partnership work, the project takes an interdisciplinary approach, recognising the complex and nuanced nature of social justice work in higher education. Placing student-staff partnership at the forefront, the project is also dedicated to uncovering the colonial legacies that are present in our curriculum and classrooms, as a means of co-producing tools and practices that can help us to mitigate and understand them. In this seminar, we will discuss the different elements of the project (reading lists, glossary, podcast, study group and steering group), whilst reflecting on their production in relation to student-staff partnerships. We hope this talk provides insight into what to expect from the rest of the series, but also inspires your own social justice work to operate in partnership as a next step to new, effective and critical ways of understanding academia.

About the speaker: Having recently completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Westminster, Kyra has continued her studies for a Master’s in International Relations. As a woman of mixed African-Asian descent, identity work has been a complex task for Kyra, but nevertheless a process that has also inspired her efforts towards creating decolonial and anti-racist tools and spaces in the academy. Approaching her final years in education, she hopes that her work on the project can help to transform the ways we think about and engage with pedagogy at Westminster.

Respondents: Kyra will be joined by Dr Fatima Maatwk, Student Partnership Lecturer, Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation, University of Westminster, Cheyenne Holborough, Creative Writing and English Literature Student, University of Westminster and member of the Pedagogies for Social Justice Steering Group, and Hafsah Ahmed, Social Sciences Student and Pedagogies for Social Justice Glossary author, University of Westminster.

Introduction to the Pedagogies for Social Justice project (Slides – PPT)

Seminar 2: Inclusive Curriculum Consultants: Lessons learned from student-staff partnerships in curriculum development, design, and review, 25th February 1– 2 pm, Speaker: Tamara Reid, Inclusive Curriculum Consultants Programme Lead at Kingston University

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/hDU8nMLtoQ8

The Inclusive Curriculum Consultant Programme allows students to be involved in the development of curricula, share their voices and perspectives.  Staff working in partnerships with the programme have the opportunity to work with and learn from a diverse student perspective leading to the review of teaching materials, and discussions of how a particular module or course can be redesigned and changed to be more inclusive and accessible to our diverse student body.

In this talk, I will bring you on my journey of redesigning the programme and discussing my lessons learned and critical reflection from the last year of running the Inclusive Curriculum Consultants. Looking at issues of allyship, learned helplessness,  evaluation, and partnership as empowerment.

It is my hope that this talk provides you with some food for thought in relation to your own programmes. As well as providing us an opportunity to be discussing our journeys of becoming in student-staff partnerships.

About the speaker: Tamara Reid, Inclusive Curriculum Consultants Programme Lead at Kingston University

Respondents: Elantha Evans, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Cities and Students as Co-Creators Academic Partner, University of Westminster, and Kyra Araneta, Student Partnership Research Assistant and Master’s in International Relations Student, University of Westminster.

Seminar 3: Students as Co-creators Roadmap: Questions moving forward…, 6th April 1 – 2 pm, Speaker: Dr Gulshanara Rumy Begum

In this seminar, Rumy will take you through her experiences of student-staff partnerships over the last few years and share some of the specific projects she has been involved in. In addition, she will disclose her reflections on questions she feels need attention as we move forward in partnership work.

About the speaker: Dr Gulshanara (Rumy) Begum is a Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Exercise Science, in the School of Life Sciences, at the University of Westminster. Rumy has a BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences, a PhD in Sports Nutrition, a Masters in Higher Education and is currently a fellow of HEA. She has taught in Higher Education for over 15 years, across both undergraduate and postgraduate modules. Her teaching is very much student-centred, research-informed and hands on. She strongly believes in “learning by doing” and feels such practices enable students to retain more and gain a deeper understanding. Rumy also has extensive experience with student-staff partnership projects. She believes time and mindful effort are crucial to developing true non-hierarchical partnerships. In 2020, along with students and staff, she took part in writing a book chapter titled: I’ve Seen You (Fraser et al. 2020) within the book, The Power of Partnership, edited by Mercer-Mapstone and Abbot (2020).

Respondents: Nishat Tasnim, Students as Co-Creators Ambassador and Andy Pitchford, Head of Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation.

Seminar 4: Reconfiguring student-staff partnerships in research: reflections from the field, 26th April 10 – 11:30 am, Speakers: Jenna Condie, Katarina Khitra, Samanda Tharaki Mularachchi, Harley Nguyen, Liz Ayres, Bhavya Chitranshi

At Western Sydney University (Australia), partnership pedagogies and student-staff partnerships are being supported and embedded for curriculum innovation through the University’s 21C Curriculum Project. In this seminar, we take student-staff partnerships into a research context by reflecting upon our collaborative approach to the Summer Research Scholarship Program, which provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience university research. We draw from our participatory practices of a ‘collective reflective’ journal, shared readings and podcast listening, co-analysis and co-writing, regular Zoom meetings, and a Facebook Messenger chat. Through these research artefacts, we reflect on how we found common ground in crises and connected with one another through digital platforms to identify how we can think, research and act together towards a more just university, and a more just world.

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

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/8V_XY4Lr0ZE

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)

Find out more: https://cti.westminster.ac.uk/student-partnership-2/

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

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/h4qYn0DuBEw

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
Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/2wTn6t84KvE

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

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/C5XhzTsfIY4

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

Watch the seminar recording here: https://youtu.be/OMZkcziG9-g

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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11217-018-9605-8

Bennett, S. (2009). Libraries and learning: a history of paradigm change. portal: Libraries and the Academy, 9(2), 181–197. http://muse.jhu.edu/content/crossref/journals/portal_libraries_and_the_academy/v009/9.2.bennett.html

Brooks, D. (2019). Students learn from people they love. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/opinion/learning-emotion-education.html

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596300701458962

Hanchin, T. (2018). Educating for/in caritas: a pedagogy of friendship for Catholic higher education in our divided time. Horizons, 45, 74–104. https://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0360966918000014/type/journal_article

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. https://muse.jhu.edu/article/638141

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. https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v2i1.3300

Mathews, B., Metko, S. and Tomlin, P. (2018). Empowerment, experimentation, engagement: embracing partnership models in libraries. Educause Review, 53(3), 52–53. https://er.educause.edu/~/media/files/articles/2018/5/er183107.pdf

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. http://doi.org/10.1080/13562517.2017.1391198

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). https://doi.org/10.20429/ijsotl.2008.020216

Miller, K.E. (2018). On being in libraries. Educause Review, 53(5), 50–51. http://auth.er.educause.edu/articles/2018/8/on-being-in-libraries#_zsLplKe1_zlDDm65

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. https://doi.org/10.1080.14681366.2016.1238839

Ntem, A and Cook-Sather, A. (2018). Resistances and resiliencies in pedagogical partnership: Student partners’ perspectives. International Journal for Students as Partners, 2(1). https://doi.org/10.15173/ijsap.v2i1.3372

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. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11217-005-0967-3

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2014.938264

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. https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/knowledge-hub/guide-ethics-and-student-engagement-through-partnership

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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