Students as Partners: A Model for Engagement, Communication and Shared Learning

Our office are characterised by the 'Student as Partners' model. It is an ethos that values the collaborative interaction between all members of the UCD community.  This concept is at the heart of your programme.  Instead of being considered passive participants, we encourage you to think of yourselves as active and productive members in a collaborative environment. Throughout your time in UCD, we encourage you to challenge established ways of thinking by bringing new perspectives and by developing new and critical ways of understanding your programme.  You are a valued participant with valuable expertise to contribute, and we want you to see yourselves as such. 

Students have formed important partnerships with staff and faculty in the formation and continued development of the Social Sciences office.  Some examples include:

  • Summer Internships for undergraduate students: projects have included the Social Sciences Office website, orientation planning and guidance for peer mentor, Student international exchange planning, welcome back events, scholarships research.
  • involvement in governance and decision-making - empowered by training and an inclusive approach to boards and committees
  • curriculum design input and collaboration
  • partnering on research and its dissemination.

The 'Students as Partners Model' has benefits for both students and staff. For you, this process should lead to increased engagement and confidence in your studies and raise awareness of your awareness of graduate attributes or employability skills. You will also help shape this programme for future students which will improve the university experience for those that come after you.  These benefits are a few of the many that we hope you gain in your time with us. If you would like to learn more about this model and how it will influence your time here in UCD, take a look at the linked handbook.

UK Higher Education Academy Framework for partnership in learning and teaching in higher education