University's Partnership earns national recognition

The University's staff and student Partnership has been highly praised by judges in a national competition showcasing the impact of strong partnerships on student learning.


The Higher Education Academy (HEA) and NUS Students' Union and Institution Partnership Award has been established to celebrate where staff and students have worked together to change and improve the student experience.

Professor Philippa Levy, Deputy Chief Executive of the HEA said: "These awards have highlighted just how power partnership can be in making a real difference to learning and teaching. The quality of submissions was very high, and it was exciting to see the volume and range of partnership working between staff, students, institutions and their student associations across the four nations of the UK. Everyone who has worked on these projects, not just the winners and highly commended, but all who submitted, should be proud of their achievements.”

The Leeds Partnership was praised for its well-developed and comprehensive approach.  The judging panel said: "Partnership (at Leeds) is an ethos embedded in the culture and fabric of the institution, not just through initiatives and practices, with articulated benefits for the institution and students’ union.  There is clear support at the senior level, as well as ‘grass-roots’ engagement. The approach is inclusive, giving students the opportunity to engage through a variety of roles: change agents; researchers; decision-making; action-planning.  In particular the panel welcomed the focus on mutual expectations, celebrating successes, and the discussions of partnership that extended to student-student and staff-staff relationships."

Watch our video awards entry.

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