National Students as Partners Roundtable 2023

University of Melbourne

The Students as Partners events were held in September and October 2023, hosted by the Arts Teaching Innovation (ATI) in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

September In-Person Events

The events provided a space for students and academic/professional staff from universities across Australia to discuss and share their Co-creation and Students as Partners (SaP) experiences. Participants got the opportunity to discuss best-practice principles, connect theory with practice, explore new developments, and develop creative ideas with strategic implementation. The National Annual Students as Partners Roundtable 2023:

  • contributes to the SaP pedagogical movement within academia,
  • strengthens SaP community of practice networks among practitioners across institutions,
  • provides the opportunity to share experiences and learn from others,
  • platforms unique ideas and perspectives in order to discover new strategies, and
  • creates opportunities for collaboration and cooperation around the SaP concept.

Download the Students as Partners 2023 Roundtable program and list of presenters from the in-person events that ran in September.

October Online Event

The Students as Partners Online Event was held on Friday the 20th of October.

Download the program and the list of abstracts/presenters.

Dates and themes

The three-day events will include a University of Melbourne Showcase and the National Annual SaP Roundtable.

Wednesday 27 September 2023: University of Melbourne Showcase focusing on the theme Growing Together: Pedagogical Partnership for Professional Development.

Thursday 28 September 2023: National SaP Roundtable focusing on the theme Respect, Reciprocity and Responsibility* - Three Rs in Partnership.

Friday 20 October 2023 (online): Case studies were welcomed from SaP practitioners around the globe who could not join the September events in person. This half-day seminar featured a robust panel discussion on contemporary SaP practices and its importance in higher education pedagogical practices.

*Cook-Sather, Bovill, & Felten, 2014.

Keynote Speaker

The keynote speaker at the National Annual SaP Roundtable was Professor Alison Cook-Sather, who is the Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges in the United States. The keynote speaker presented on the 28th of September.


The event was online and run in-person in the Arts West (North Wing) Building at the University of Melbourne campus in Parkville 3010 VIC.

Students as Partners Team Profiles

The Students as Partners team consisted of University of Melbourne staff and students. The below document includes the team members' names and photos.

Students as Partners team profiles.

Images from September Events

Below are some images from the in-person Roundtable events that ran in September.

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