The Nest Project: Initial Lessons from Large-Scale Student-Leadership
The Nest Project is a student-led and student-initiated project to construct a sustainable
building on a UK university campus. This case study reflects on the project leaders’
experiences working in partnership with their university, the challenges they faced and
recommendations to implement student-leadership in higher education.
Notably, strong staff-student relationships were key to the project’s progress whilst
raising awareness that students could have a direct and top-down influence on their
university was crucial to allow the project to become established. In the case of the Nest
Project, a lack of awareness of legitimate pathways for genuine student leadership was
the most significant challenge faced by the project leaders.
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