Thursday 02-06-2016 - 15:08
Wise Wales Partnership for Wales Conference 2016 was held at the University of South Wales in Treforest last week.
Staff, officers and students from universities, colleges and students’ unions across Wales were welcomed to the campus by Dr Ben Calvert, Pro Vice-Chancellor: Learning, Teaching and Student Experience at the University of South Wales. In his keynote speech, Dr Calvert focussed on the value of partnership in learning and teaching, emphasising that respect and trust are key components of the partnership relationship between students and lecturers.
During the morning, HE delegates attended a workshop focussed on student engagement in curriculum design, delivered by Emily Parkin, University of Lincoln, while FE delegates discussed sustaining learner engagement across the year with Jen Hope from NUS UK.
After a quick stop for lunch, it was time for the delegates themselves to take centre-stage, with a good practice showcase that gave every institution and students’ union the opportunity to present some of their own partnership practices to the rest of the group.
For the remainder of the afternoon, HE delegates considered how to engage with students studying on international campuses, in a workshop led by Hannah Reilly and Amy Campbell from Cardiff Metropolitan Students’ Union. There was also a HE policy update examining recent developments such as the White Paper, the TEF and the HE and Research Bill, and what this might mean for Wales.
FE delegates spent the afternoon in a workshop on FE union development with Ebbi Ferguson, NUS Wales Deputy President, and were also given a preview of some of the key themes emerging from Wise Wales’ Pathways to Partnership project.
Ebbi Ferguson brought the conference to a close by emphasising the power of education, and the importance of successful student-staff partnership to that educational experience:
“Students are experts in their education as they are living it every day.”
Wise Wales is a collaboration of sector organisations working to create a culture of meaningful partnership between educators, students’ unions and students across Wales. To find out more about our work visit www.wisewales.org.uk or get in touch with Jessica Rumble (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Heather Ferguson (email@example.com).