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School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, The University of Reading RG6 7BE

This workshop event from the Heads of University Biosciences (HUBS) and the Royal Society of Biology focuses on engaging students as partners in teaching and learning.

Engaging students as partners in T&L continues to attract growing attention and critical debate, including in relation to enhancing the learning process itself and empowering students as T&L change agents. Student partnership can include collaborative projects, curriculum co-design and student voice initiatives. Partnership can also extend beyond teachers and students to include other stakeholders e.g. those involved in T&L support in institutions, and employers involved in authentic work-integrated learning projects. This event will explore pedagogies associated with learning partnerships in HE from different perspectives. By the end participants will have a better understanding of how partnerships function and the challenges and benefits of partnerships within biosciences education.

The workshop will feature:
  • Keynote presentations including from Dr Nick Freestone (Kingston University)
  • Case-study lightning talks from participants - showcasing our diverse experiences of learning partnership activity (please consider taking part and submit your suggested topic when registering)
  • Interactive breakout sessions
  • Time for networking, discussion and action planning.
Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Arrival 10:00 - 10:30 for a 10:30 start.

Provisional Programme

10:00 - 10:30        Arrival & Coffee
10:30 - 10:45        Welcome
10:45 - 11:30        Principles of Partnership in T&L. Dr Rachael Neal, University of Reading
11:30 - 12:45        Lightning Talks - from participants on experiences of T&L partnerships
12:45 - 13:00        Discussion
13:00 - 14:00        Lunch & Networking
14:00 - 15:00        Breakout Sessions:
                                           1.    Students as research partners
                                           2.    Wider university services as T&L partners - focus on careers learning
15:00 - 15:45        Keynote: Dr Nick Freestone, Kingston University
15:45 - 16:00        Action Planning
16:00                     Close of Meeting

Lightning Talks

Within the workshop we will welcome participation from attendees through our lightning talks session.

Would you be interested in contributing a lightning talk (7 minutes, plus 3 minutes for discussion) about an aspect of teaching and learning partnerships you have experience of in your institution? Any topic relating to teaching and learning partnerships is welcomed e.g. student-staff collaborative projects on any aspects of teaching, learning and support, experience of curriculum co-design, industry and employer partnerships, student voice and staff-student liaison initiatives etc.

Please provide a maximum 250 word summary of your proposed T+L partnership related topic for a lighting talk when registering by selecting the Upload an Abstract button.

Workshop organisers will select 6 to 8 talks that showcase the diversity of teaching and learning partnership experiences participants have to share at the meeting. Workshop organisers will be in touch to confirm if your summary has been selected and will provide further information. If you have any questions about contributing a lightning talk please contact Dr Rachael Neal ( or Dr Gillian Rose (

Who should attend?

It will also be of interest to those teaching in higher education




Register to attend via mySociety.

Car Parking

If you need to drive to University of Reading Whiteknights campus for the meeting please note that we have a limited supply of parking permits and these need to be arranged in advance. If you require a parking permit please contact Rachael Neal ( with your vehicle registration ASAP. We will then contact you confirming the permit and directions to the relevant car park. If you do not pre arrange a parking permit and require parking on the day, Car Park 1A (please see campus map available at: is a Pay & Display car park for use by visitors. The cost is £1.50 per hour, or £10 for all day parking. You must display a valid ticket available from the ticket machines in the car park. The machines accept credit/debit cards for payment. Please note this car park is approximately a 15 minute walk from the Agriculture Building venue (Building 59 on the map). Where possible we encourage you to make use of the good public transport links serving Whiteknights campus (further information:

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Direct programme questions to Dr Rachael Neal at and Dr Gillian Rose at
For website booking enquiries please contact Matthew Webb at

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