Students as Partners


Standard 5.3 of the Manchester Met Education Strategy and Learning and Teaching Principles describes¬† ‘A culture of partnership in learning and teaching that ensures the student voice is integral to quality enhancement …’

Student Voice and Evaluation

The active participation of students in the University's quality assurance and enhancement processes is an essential and valuable component in maintaining and improving the quality of learning opportunities. The evaluation of student opinion and appropriate response to the results is a key indicator in the University's processes for the assurance and enhancement of academic quality and is a required element of the evidence base for the Continuous Monitoring and Improvement process and for periodic review.


Both at the institutional and local level, the University and the Students' Union work in close partnership in all aspects of evaluating and responding to student opinion, recognising that such active collaboration is fundamental to our joint commitment to improve the quality of learning opportunities for students.

An overview of surveys is captured through the  Student Engagement Strategy.

An MMU ‘Student Engagement Working Group’ ¬†determined that any guidance should allow programme teams the flexibility to choose the method most appropriate for their subject/course.



Engagement through partnership: students as partners in learning and teaching in higher education. The Higher Education Academy, 2014

Drawing together extensive UK and international scholarship and research to propose a new conceptual model for exploring the variety of understandings of students as partners in learning and teaching, this publication:

  • examines the motivations and rationales for staff and students engaging in partnership;
  • offers a pedagogical case for partnership;
  • identifies examples of strategic and sustainable practices of engaging students as partners in learning and teaching;
  • outlines how the development of partnership learning communities may guide and sustain practice in this area;
  • identifies tensions and challenges to partnership;
  • offers suggestions to individuals and institutions for addressing challenges and future work.


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