Emily Parkin is a Senior Student Engagement Co-coordinator based within the LALT Engagement Team

“I am interested specifically in engaging students as partners in higher education as equal members of the academic community. I have previously conducted small, evaluative research projects to understand the impact of student engagement opportunities, such as SCoTs (Students Consulting on Teaching). I am currently studying for the MSc Social Research in which I plan to focus my thesis on academic perceptions of working with students as partners, and potential barriers they perceive as preventing this. This has the potential to impact HE via developing an understanding of how to better support staff to work with students in this way.
I have previously presented practice at numerous HE conferences including RAISE, Jisc and BERA events. I have also previously received funding from SEDA. However I am keen to focus the future external work around research over practice. There is a growing literature base on approaches to student engagement in HE as well as the benefits to staff, students and institutions. I believe that my research focus can contribute to a gap in the current literature by reflecting on what prevents the ‘ethos’ from becoming more embedded.”

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