Partners in Learning Conference 2022

“Building Inclusive and Diverse Learning through Staff/Students Partnerships

The 4th annual student and staff Partnership in Learning Conference was held on Wednesday 26th January 2022, 9.30am – 1pm online via Bb Collaborate, as part of Personal Development Week.

Working with students as partners in learning is a key principle of our Learning and Teaching Strategy and the conference was designed to not only celebrate and share best practice but also to explore challenging issues and concepts in this area.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Building Inclusive and Diverse Learning through Staff/Students Partnerships”, focusing on supporting success for all students.

This year, our keynote speaker was Prof. Jason Arday whose presentation was entitled: “Singing Our Own Song: Rethinking Decolonising in the Academy”, and is available to watch here.

His keynote speech discussed the following: The Academy still remains a site for systemic and institutional racism. Disrupting these inequitable cultures requires a state of continual vigilance. This talk focuses on the continued collective work and allyship required to disrupt and dismantle racially inequitable structures within the Academy and the reconfiguring required in decolonising our curricular.

Jason Arday is (since January 2022) Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Glasgow, School of Education. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Jason holds Visiting Professorships at Coventry University, London Metropolitan University and Nelson Mandela University. He is a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank and the British Sociological Association (BSA). Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and the NHS Race and Health Observatory Academic Reference Group. Jason is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

The full programme of the conference and presentations’ abstracts can be found on the right-hand side of this page.


Other recordings from the conference are available below:

Welcome and Introductions - Professor Alison Honour, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Dan Bichener, Students' Union President

The key principles of Partnership in Learning. - Dr. Claire Loffman, Senior Academic Developer, LTE

Student partnership at Christ Church Business School: Transforming the student experience. - Cécile Tschirhart (Director of Learning and Teaching, Christ Church Business School), Isatou Faye (3rd Year BSc Logistics and ESOP student partner).

The Case of Viga & Wallace - a cross faculty project to co-produce a teaching resource. - Julie Weir (SL Medicine, Health & Social Care, School of Allied & Public Health, BSc Paramedic Science); Mike Stephens (lecturer, Medicine, Health & Social Care, School of Allied & Public Health, BSc Paramedic Science). Laine Slater (Combined Hons BA in Creative Writing & Media and Communications); Paul McGranaghan (freelance sound recordist, sound designer and film maker); Kevin Lawton-Barret (Senior Lecturer, Forensic Investigation, School of Law, Policing and Social Sciences); Dan Millen (Combined Hons BA in Creative Writing & Media and Communications); Louise Devismes (Combined Hons BA in Creative Writing & Media and Communications); Professor Carolyn Oulton (School of Humanities, PD Creative and Professional Writing).

Reflections on Co-creating a Virtual Placement: Bridging the Gap to Leadership. - Mary Makinde (Senior Lecturer in Forensic Investigation/Strategic Lead: Closing Our Gap, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Social Sciences); Kirsty Henderson (3rd Year Physiotherapy Student, CCCU); Hansaka Seneviratne (Physiotherapy Graduate, University of Brighton).

The Benefits of Peer Mentoring in Partnership with Students. - Co-presented with Peer Mentor Rose Phillips (L6 BA Psychology), and Kath Abiker (Academic Strategic Lead: Student Retention, Inclusion and Success).


Previous Learning and Teaching Conferences

To view presentations from the 2020 Partners in Learning conference please click here.


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