The Nest Project: Initial Lessons from Large-Scale Student-Leadership

  • Jack Gaskell The University of Warwick
  • Victor Yip University of Warwick
  • Owen Thompson University of Warwick

Abstract

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.

Author Biographies

Jack Gaskell, The University of Warwick

Jack Gaskell is a final year undergraduate Mechanical Engineering student at the University of Warwick and a Nest Project Leader.

Victor Yip, University of Warwick
Victor Yip is a penultimate year undergraduate Physics student at the University of Warwick and also a Nest Project Leader.
Owen Thompson, University of Warwick
Owen Thompson is a Civil Engineer and former Nest Project Leader, graduating from the University of Warwick in 2017.
Published
2018-11-16
How to Cite
Gaskell, J., Yip, V., & Thompson, O. (2018). The Nest Project: Initial Lessons from Large-Scale Student-Leadership. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 2(2), 124-132. Retrieved from https://sehej.raise-network.com/raise/article/view/799
Section
Case studies/Practice Pieces