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Enhancing Student-Centred Teaching in Higher Education

The Landscape of Student-Staff Research Partnerships

  • Karen Gravett
  • Nadya Yakovchuk
  • Ian M. Kinchin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Nadya Yakovchuk, Karen Gravett, Ian M. Kinchin
    Pages 1-10
  3. Collaboration and Creativity: Exploring Innovative Partnership Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Julia Anthoney, Julie Lowe, Samantha Gridley, Chidera Ude
      Pages 59-76
    3. Rachel Stead, Ralitsa Dimitrova, Avgi Pourgoura, Sarah Roberts, Sarah West
      Pages 77-96
    4. Atefeh Eslahi, Deoraj R. Chadeesingh, Charlotte Foreman, Esat Alpay
      Pages 97-112
  4. Evaluating Teaching and Learning Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Teodora-Patricia Pelea, Tom Lunt
      Pages 133-149
    3. Charlotte Foreman, Mary Hilditch, Nicole Rockliff, Holly Clarke
      Pages 151-167
    4. Katrina Kwong, Adam Collins
      Pages 201-215
    5. Barry Costello, Julia Brennan, Colin Loughlin, Ann Gallagher
      Pages 217-234
  5. Partnership Approaches to Assessment, Feedback, and Student-Staff Dialogue

About this book


This book explores student-staff partnerships through a breadth of co-authored research projects. There is a significant gap in current literature regarding student-staff partnerships, both in the sharing of examples as well as in the examination of partnership working and its impact. Organised into four thematic sections, the editors and contributors highlight the diversity of routes students and staff can take to work in partnership, as well as how research, learning and teaching can be co-created. Written by both university staff and student researchers, the chapters consider the benefits of student-staff partnerships as an antidote to consumerist visions of higher education, and a way of celebrating the potential of students and their voices. This book will be of interest and value to scholars of student-staff partnerships. 


Student-centred Teaching Student engagement Student-staff dialogue Co-creation in higher education Student-Staff partnerships

Editors and affiliations

  • Karen Gravett
    • 1
  • Nadya Yakovchuk
    • 2
  • Ian M. Kinchin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Higher EducationUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  2. 2.Doctoral CollegeUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK
  3. 3.Department of Higher EducationUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

About the editors

Karen Gravett is Lecturer in the Department of Higher Education at the University of Surrey, UK. Her research focuses on student and academic identities, educational transitions, academic literacies and student-staff partnerships. 

Nadya Yakovchuk is a Teaching Fellow in the Doctoral College at the University of Surrey, UK. Her areas of interest include writing and knowledge construction in the disciplines, authorial voice and identity, academic integrity and student-staff partnerships.

Ian M. Kinchin is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Surrey, UK. He is engaged in the professional development of academic staff, whilst undertaking research into university pedagogy.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Enhancing Student-Centred Teaching in Higher Education
  • Book Subtitle The Landscape of Student-Staff Research Partnerships
  • Editors Karen Gravett
    Nadya Yakovchuk
    Ian M. Kinchin
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-35395-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-35398-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-35396-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXIII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 6 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Higher Education
    Teaching and Teacher Education
    Learning & Instruction
    Personal Development
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​“This book explores an innovative model of partnership between students, staff and academic developers in undertaking research into higher education practices and policies across an institution. By presenting a transformative vision of partnership in learning, teaching and research, which has the potential to change institutional culture, it addresses one of the most important issues facing higher education in the 21st century. I recommend it for readers in universities  internationally.” 
Mick Healey, Higher Education Consultant and Researcher, UK

“Born from a small group within a single institution, this book exemplifies how student-staff partnership in higher education can grow to permeate individual, institutional, disciplinary, and theoretical boundaries. Readers will find pages filled with practical examples, research findings, and thought-provoking ideas which zoom from the individual partnership relationship to the landscape of partnership across the sector. Whether new to the field or looking for developmental inspiration, there’s something for everyone within this delightful anthology.”
Lucy Mercer-Mapstone, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

“This book has international relevance. It demonstrates the benefits of student-staff partnerships in capturing the diverse voices of both students and staff. The resulting text provides the reader with a multitude of examples of how to carry out partnership, and also allows for a deeper exploration of the theories behind the practice.” 
Sam L. Dvorakova, PhD student, University of Edinburgh, UK