SEDA, in collaboration with Jisc, has created the Student Partnership Impact Award as an international recognition of students who have had impact at their universities relating to Educational Development. Students are now engaged in developing universities, colleges and students’ unions through both formal and informal opportunities outlined below. We are open to applications from students and graduates from across Higher Education to celebrate the success of students engaged in educational developments.

About the award
Student Partnership Impact Award – What do we mean?
Criteria
Process
Confidentiality and data protection
Evaluation and assessment of the award
Fees and certification

About the award

Student voice, representation and partnership opportunities are increasingly common features of higher education in the UK and internationally, as evidenced through networks, conferences and publications. Students are being given the opportunities and agency to support and lead educational change. Their activities in this area may be recognised locally through their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) but there is currently no national recognition available through an appropriate professional organisation. From March 2023, SEDA is welcoming applications for a cross-sector certificate in partnership with Jisc that recognises student roles in supporting and leading educational change. This is available for students and for student teams (including graduates up to five years) who have gone above and beyond their standard institutional role, and have had identifiable impact or influence within their course, department or university. It provides added value to any HEAR statement and enables these students to stand out in their CVs.
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Student Partnership Impact Award – What do we mean?

What do we mean by Students?

This award is open to students of higher education level of study, who are/were engaged in developing or enhancing an element of education or services at their university, college or students’ union. This award is open to graduates reflecting retrospectively on their engagement too, limited up until 12 months post-graduation.

What do we mean by Partnership?

Student-staff partnership activities occur across education development and enhancement, whether between staff and students, students’ union officers and university managers, and often based upon formal schemes such as Peer Mentoring, Student Academic Course Representatives, and Students as Partners or Fellows Schemes. Partnership means working together with mutual respect and value, where enhancements are made through listening, discussing and collaborating to enhance higher education for all stakeholders.

What do we mean by Impact?

We wish to hear about students that have had impact when enhancing educational development, where changes in practice occurred and agendas were influenced. Applicants must identify the impact of their work (e.g. has it improved student engagement and/or wellbeing in a way that can be identified and, ideally, measured?) and explain how it will be carried on if/when they leave their student role. Impact is not just being in the role – the Student Partnership Impact Award aims to recognise students who have made a difference and gone above the minimum expectation. For example, if applying as a Student Academic Representative, the student should have impacted a change in the course or helped support the course team during a difficult time, as examples of impact. Impact for a Student Academic Representative would not be just attending meetings and giving feedback.
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Criteria

Applications must satisfy all the following criteria. These criteria apply to both individual and team applications:

Rationale and value

Applicants must explain the rationale for their work and their objectives – what they aim to achieve in their role. They should also explain how their work supports and fits in with wider departmental or institutional priorities and policies. Applications must explain how their work has provided significant value for the institution 

Impact

Applicants must identify the impact of their work (e.g. has it improved student engagement and/or wellbeing in a way that can be identified and, ideally, measured?) and explain how it will be carried on if/when they leave their student role.
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Process

Individual students or student teams can apply for recognition through a short, online application form (details of which to follow). Information requested in the application form will include:

Individual application

This must contain:

  • demographic information.
  • brief role description (max.150 words or equivalent).
  • short statement of the impact they have had in that role (max.500 words or equivalent).
  • corroborating statement (max.100 words) from an appropriate staff member at their institution. 

Applications can use different formats (e.g. Pecha Kucha, podcast, annotated PowerPoint).

Team application

This must contain:

  • demographic information (including a list of members and their roles in the team –  teams should have no fewer than four and no more than 12 members).
  • brief description of the team’s role (max.150 words or equivalent).
  • short statement of the team’s impact (max. 500 words or equivalent).
  • corroborating statement (max.100 words) from an appropriate staff member at their institution.

Applications can use different formats (e.g. Pecha Kucha, podcast, annotated PowerPoint).

Deadlines

Deadlines for application will be in the spring and summer, with exact dates to be confirmed in January 2023.
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Confidentiality and data protection

We expect that these applications will offer a rich source of information about student partnership activities. The online application form also includes a data protection request. If applicants agree to this, SEDA may use all or part of the body of the application anonymously in order to further develop and share examples of effective student initiatives and partnership work.

All successful applicants will have their name and institution added to a ‘hall of fame’ on the SEDA website (unless they choose to decline this offer). 
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Evaluation and assessment of the award

A number of SEDA volunteers (from the committees and wider membership) have been trained to review the applications. 

An independent external reviewer has been appointed by SEDA to ensure standards are maintained and that the scheme has credibility.
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Fees and certification

There is a small fee for each application to cover the administrative costs.

£20 for an individual applicaiton

£40 for a team application (2-12 individuals)

There is a 25% discount if the statement of support comes from an institutional or individual member (NB: an institutional member = anyone employed within a member institution); members can be given a discount code to apply when ‘purchasing’ the product on the website.

We hope that students’ institutions will support this initiative by paying or contributing to this small charge.

Successful applicants receive a certificate (pdf format) with SEDA’s official stamp.
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