15 July 2013
Canterbury Christ Church University has been recognised for their collaboration with students at the first Higher Education Academy (HEA) Partnership Awards.
Canterbury Christ Church University's SALT Team
The awards were developed to celebrate partnership work and showcase the impact they can have on the student learning experience.
Christ Church was one of only four ‘Highly Commended’ partnerships between students and staff, receiving the Transformative Partnership accolade for their work with Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALT).
The University’s Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit launched SALT, a network of undergraduate and postgraduate students from across all of the University faculties. The students have been working with the University to develop projects that address issues relating to proactive participation and involvement in learning and teaching, the student experience and future employability. These initiatives are then embedded within their departments, faculties and the institution as a whole.
The SALTs are encouraged to explore themes which interest them, creating their own unique projects, or working with staff to develop projects in response to existing agendas. On all projects the SALTs are assigned a sponsor- a member of academic or professional service staff - whose role is to advise and facilitate the development of projects
Lucy Dearden, Student Engagement Officer for the Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit, said: “We are delighted that our new initiative has been recognised by the HEA. This kind of partnership benefits the student experience not only by building a sense of community, but also by providing examples of good practice for others to learn from.”
Student Ambassador, Tristi Brownett, said: “The SALT scheme shows the outside world and potential students, how serious the University is about change for the better. “
The HEA judging panel commented: “The panel were impressed with the diverse range of partnership projects the University is supporting, and the way the work is embedded in its structures. The benefits to students and the institution are very clear. This is an exciting project and whilst we realise it is still in its early stages, we look forward to hearing about the impact of this work in the future. “
Since the scheme’s launch in February 2013, the SALTs have forged diverse partnerships across the University community, working with Employability and Careers; Equality and Diversity; the Students’ Union; Staff Development; Learning and Teaching Enhancement Unit; academics and of course, with their fellow students. Each project provides opportunities for the wider student community to engage in a voluntary capacity – through focus groups, surveys or workshops – which additionally might then contribute towards a skills award on their Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).
Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive of the HEA said: “These awards have highlighted just how powerful partnership can be in making a real difference to learning and teaching. The quality of submissions was very high, and it was exciting to see the volume and range of partnership working between staff, students, institutions and their student associations across the four nations of the UK. Everyone who has worked on these projects, not just the winners and highly commended, but all who submitted, should be proud of their achievements.”
The winning and highly commended submissions will be showcased through the HEA website www.heacademy.ac.uk
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our recent UK undergraduates are in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills to the public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey