The new Pathways to Partnership for FE project is being funded by Welsh Government and aims to help create a national structure to further support learner voice within Welsh institutions.
Wise Wales held its second annual Partnership for Wales Conference in Neath on Wednesday 3 June. Over 50 delegates from the higher and further education sectors in Wales came together to exchange ideas, experiences, and challenges. The conference marked the launch of the first stage of the Pathways to Partnership toolkit, a resource developed by […]
We are excited to announce that registration is open for the Second Annual Partnership for Wales Conference 2015.
On 2 June 2014, at the Wales Millennium Centre, delegates from across the higher education sector came together at the nation’s first ‘Partnership for Wales’ Conference to discuss and debate how we can bring the concept of partnership between students, students’ unions and universities to life.
Wise Wales is a collaboration of education sector organisations working to create a culture of meaningful partnership between educators, students’ unions and students across Wales. Wise Wales challenges the status quo, creates opportunities for practitioners in Wales to share best practice, and above all puts the collective student voice at the heart of what we do.
Here, you can access a variety of practical materials and information to support you in your journey towards creating a shift in the culture of Welsh education. This is also a place for you to engage in debate, as well as share ideas and challenges with student engagement and partnership practitioners across the nation.
When we’re referring to a culture of partnership, we’re talking about students having a joint say along with their educational institution on the quality of the education provided. Partnership is about respecting and valuing the strengths of each collaborating party, agreeing upon mutual priorities, communicating effectively, and working together to reach a common goal.
Wise Wales believes that every student is an expert in their own right and that everyone can bring a unique perspective to the table. By working in partnership with their university or college, students can be empowered to become active architects of their own educational experiences.
Working in partnership can take many forms. It could be a scheme that encourages students to submit their ideas for improvement – ideas that are achieved by combining the strengths of students and institutional staff. It could be a well-oiled academic representation system where the collective student body’s views are channelled through to the institutional management team, who work with student representatives to effect change. Or perhaps it’s simply ensuring that the student voice is actively and authentically represented at every decision making level of the institution.
The look and feel of partnership working will be unique to every university and college. You can learn more about what to expect by reading our Statement for Partnership in Higher Education, soon to be followed by a statement for partnership working within further education.