Proceedings of the RAISE International Colloquium on Partnership


  • Colin Bryson Newcastle University
  • Abbi Flint Birmingham City University
  • Catherine Bovill University of Edinburgh
  • Georgina Brayshaw Newcastle University
  • Jasmin Brooke University of Newcastle
  • Alison Cook-Sather Bryn Mawr College
  • Roisin Curran University of Ulster
  • Peter Felten Elon University
  • Sara Foreman Newcastle University
  • Sarah Graham Newcastle University
  • Ruth Healey University of Chester
  • Saskia Kersten University of Hertfordshire
  • Niamh Moore-Cherry University College Dublin
  • Karen Smith University of Hertfordshire
  • Cherie Woolmer McMaster University
  • Catherine McConnell Brighton University
  • Daniel Bishop University of Lincoln


RAISE convened a major event on June 23rd 2017, hosted at Birmingham City University. This was undertaken under the auspices of the RAISE Special Interest Group on Partnership. The event organisers were successful in bringing together leading, international commentators and practitioners to discuss and reflect on developments in partnerships between students and staff in Higher Education. 

We noted that students and staff working in partnership has rapidly become a major feature of the HE landscape around the world. There is much evidence to show that partnership working may be a powerful catalyst to enhance student engagement and enhance student learning. Indubitably there are benefits to staff and institutions too. Developing such an ethos presents an attractive alternative to neo-liberal, transactional and consumer models of HE. We wished to take stock of these developments and explore the opportunities, challenges, and consequences of such approaches. Is partnership truly inclusive and open to all? What are the ethical tensions? Are some of these practices more ‘pseudo-partnership’ then genuine? Is there a danger of appropriation through neo-liberal or managerialist agendas?

We asked contributors to summarise the presentations and workshops they gave at the event for these proceedings and we are delighted that so many of them have been able to do so


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Author Biographies

Abbi Flint, Birmingham City University

Independent consultant and Visiting Research Fellow in Student Engagement at Birmingham City University

Catherine Bovill, University of Edinburgh

Senior Lecturer in Student Engagement, Institute for Academic Development, University of Edinburgh

Georgina Brayshaw, Newcastle University

Undergraduate student

Jasmin Brooke, University of Newcastle

Undergraduate student

Alison Cook-Sather, Bryn Mawr College

Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education, and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges, USA

Roisin Curran, University of Ulster

Dr Curran is Professional Development Management at the University of Ulster and recently completed her doctoral thesis on student engagement.

Peter Felten, Elon University

Peter Felten is a professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University (US).

Sara Foreman, Newcastle University

Undergraduate student

Sarah Graham, Newcastle University

Combined honours centre

Ruth Healey, University of Chester

Ruth Healey is a Senior Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Chester and a UK National Teaching Fellow

Saskia Kersten, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Saskia Kersten is Senior Lecturer in English Language & Communication in the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research focuses on second language development, computer-mediated communication and the use of corpus linguistic in interdisciplinary projects.

Niamh Moore-Cherry, University College Dublin

Niamh Moore-Cherry is an Associate Professor at the School of Geography, University College Dublin, Ireland and Senior Fellow in Teaching and Academic Development.

Karen Smith, University of Hertfordshire

Dr Karen Smith is Principal Lecturer in Collaborative Research and Development in the School of Education at the University of Hertfordshire. Her research centres around how higher education policies and practices impact on those who work and study within universities.

Cherie Woolmer, McMaster University

Cherie is Postdoctoral Research Fellow, MacPherson Institute, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada. 

Catherine McConnell, Brighton University

Catherine is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Learning and Teaching at Brighton  and leads the Student Academic Success and Partnership team.

Daniel Bishop, University of Lincoln

Dan is a Principal Lecturer in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at Lincoln and School Director of Teaching and Learning and Student Engagement Champion.


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Bryson, C., Flint, A., Bovill, C., Brayshaw, G., Brooke, J., Cook-Sather, A., Curran, R., Felten, P., Foreman, S., Graham, S., Healey, R., Kersten, S., Moore-Cherry, N., Smith, K., Woolmer, C., McConnell, C., & Bishop, D. (2018). Proceedings of the RAISE International Colloquium on Partnership. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal, 2(1), 99–136. Retrieved from



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