Think Ahead TV | Creating ChangeMakers: Why we need partnerships between students and staff in Higher Education

📅 Wed, 15/06/2022 · 16:00 (BST)
🕓 Duration: 35 mins

About this episode

How do students and staff work together in your institution? Since 2020, we’ve observed more and more students taking an active role in designing their learning experiences, challenging traditional models of teaching and learning, and understanding what skills they need for the future workplace. As we prepare for the start of a new academic year in September, it’s clear that student-staff partnerships are now an essential factor in delivering a high-quality student experience. 

This episode of Think Ahead TV welcomes staff and students from the Change Agents’ Network to discuss the importance of working together when revolutionising approaches to learning. Established by Jisc in 2013, the network is now self-sustaining and supports students working as change agents, digital pioneers, student fellows and students working in partnership with staff on innovation and curriculum change projects.

In this conversation, we’ll hear about how the student experience has changed in recent years, what benefits come from embracing student and staff partnerships, and how you can include the student voice throughout your institution strategy, culture and values.


  • The Staff Perspective - An interview with Simon Walker, Director of Programme Development at UCL
  • Case Study - Exploring the University of Portsmouth's newly launched Centre for Creative and Immersive Extended Reality (CCIXR) 
  • The Student Perspective - An interview with two student ChangeMakers from the Change Agents' Network


Max Oliver
Event Director, Ahead by Bett




Prof Simon Walker
Professor of Education Development & Director of Programme Development, UCL

Molly Edwards
Lead Department and Module Representative, ChangeMakers Student Fellow, Student Ambassador and Co-President of the Education Society, UCL

Tonja Nguyen
ChangeMakers Student Fellow, UCL Education & Student Experience Team and Democracy Assistant, Student Union UCL



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