From Collaboration to Transformation: A Reflective Exploration of Student-Staff Partnerships for Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education


  • Nurun Nahar University of Bolton
  • Thomas Storey University of Bolton
  • Adeeba Azhar University of Bolton
  • Victoria Lomas University of Bolton
  • Kausar Jabbar University of Bolton


Collaboration between students and staff has increasingly gained recognition as a powerful avenue for enhancing the overall learning experience in Higher Education. Student-staff partnership projects offer a unique opportunity for students to actively engage with their programme of studies, influencing decision-making processes and contributing to the improvement of the learning environment. This reflective practice piece delves into the lived experiences of four students who embraced student-staff partnership in unique ways, each contributing their perspectives and invaluable insights to projects they were involved in. With an aim to shed light on the significance of reflecting upon these lived experiences, recognising the immense value they hold for students, staff and the institution as a whole, a critical narrative enquiry approach was used in addition to vignettes to understand the intricacies and dynamics of student-staff partnerships, unravelling the complexities and capturing the transformative effects of these collaborations on students. By examining the challenges and triumphs faced by these four student partners, we gain insights into the multifaceted nature of student-staff partnerships, their potential for growth, and the resulting impact on the higher education landscape.


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Nahar, N., Storey, T., Azhar, A., Lomas, V., & Jabbar, K. (2024). From Collaboration to Transformation: A Reflective Exploration of Student-Staff Partnerships for Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 5(2), 76–91. Retrieved from



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