Student engagement at all points of transition: partnership working in policy and practice

Nicola Andrew, Lesley McAleavy, Ruth Whittaker, Jackie Main, John Gaughan

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In Scotland a partnership rather than a consumerist model is and remains a key driver for the forward movement of Higher Education (HE) development. Students are increasingly viewed as co-producers and co-creators of knowledge rather than just the ‘end stage’ recipients. Successful student engagement is central to transition, retention and success. In 2014 a team at Caledonian University (GCU) implemented an approach to student engagement that aims to enhance the student experience through a visible, integrated and embedded institutional model; GCU Engage ( This paper draws on two years of exploration and development to articulate how this project, presented here as an
institutional exemplar of practice, supports undergraduate student engagement and partnership working into and within Higher Education at GCU.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication12th Enhancement Themes Conference
PublisherQAA Scotland
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2015


  • student engagement
  • higher education
  • partnerships


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