Fostering Meaningful Student Voice

Date: 29th March 2023

Location: Online

Please note this event is for Members only

In its student engagement strategy for 2022-23 the OfS requires HEIs to take account of Student Voice and engage with students in an impactful way to widen participation. This NERUPI event will explore current strategies for eliciting student views, consider the limitations of different systems and identify the role that research and evaluation can play in making student voice meaningful.

There are many different approaches that aim to take account of student voice including: representation by Students’ Unions, serving on formal committees, participation in course or departmental committees, completing unit or module assessments, responding to national and institutional surveys, undertaking peer evaluations, and interacting with staff in learning and support contexts, However, some of these areas may be under-utilised, tokenistic or hard to access for many students particularly those from under-represented groups.

At this online event we will explore some of the definitions surrounding student voice, the challenges and opportunities this area of work brings, and how student voice can be effectively and ethically included to enhance student access, success and progression.

Participants will have the opportunity to come together with NERUPI members, consider the gaps and challenges, hear examples of current practice and explore strategies for including student voice in a meaningful way.

Our keynote speakers are:

At this event we will explore:

  • Definitions of Student Voice
  • Challenges and opportunities when engaging with Student Voice, particularly in relation to the widening participation context
  • The characteristics of meaningful Student Voice and what needs to happen in practice for effective implementation.
  • How Student Voice initiatives can be effectively evaluated and incorporated into WP methodologies.

This session will take place online from 9.45 am until 15:15 pm.

You can access the full programme here: Student Voice Full Programme 29 3 23

If you would like to read more about the speakers you can access the speaker biographies here: Student Voice Speaker Biographies