Student-staff partnerships (SSP) encapsulates a range of initiatives through which students collaborate with faculty, academics/staff, and also other students, in teaching and learning activities. In essence, the SSP model is the acknowledgment that students have distinct, yet equal, expertise to bring to the enhancement of the student experience. Ranging from small-scale to broader institutional level initiatives, universities and educators are increasingly providing students with the opportunity to become active partners, producers and co-constructors of their own learning.

In 2017, The University of Queensland piloted 11 projects, which saw students and staff collaborate in the design of a SSP model. Resulting from this work, a university-wide initiative was approved in which student-staff partnerships would permeate the UQ experience. This approach empowers students and staff to collaborate to enhance the student experience through co-designing curriculum, content, assessment, workshops and/or events. As a major contributor to teaching within the University of Queensland, The School of Biomedical Sciences has and will continue to actively engage in SSP initiatives.

For more information visit the UQ Student-Staff Partnerships website

Staff or students can apply for an existing Student-Staff Partnership project or propose a new one, at employability.uq.edu.au/ssp-projects.