Student Engagement and Partnership Working

At GCU we want every student to feel able to participate in and influence their own learning experience. We believe that engaging with our students and working in partnership across the University is central to the delivery of excellence in learning and an outstanding student experience. This is reflected in our newly developed partnership agreement – GCU Community: Working Together in Partnership – which was produced by students and staff and is fully supported by the University and Students’ Association.

There are two dimensions to student engagement at GCU:

  • Engaging students in their own learning
  • Engaging students in shaping learning, teaching and the wider student experience

We will provide a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with the University and influence your learning experience. This could be within your own academic programme or you might like to get involved with wider University initiatives and activities.

To ensure that student engagement is accessible to all students we encourage participation in a broad range of ways. You can get involved in relatively quick activities, such as completing module evaluation questionnaires or providing feedback to class reps, or you can have more in-depth involvement, such as undertaking a student representative role or engaging in academic quality processes. All levels of student engagement are valuable and contribute to the individual and collective student voice being heard.

Student Panel Members – Programme Approval and Review

The option to participate in Programme Approval and Review events as a student panel member is offered to School Officers, Postgraduate Representatives and Class Rep Associate Trainers as an additional (paid) opportunity within your role. To find out more about participating in an event as a student panel member, please read this short document: Programme Approval and Review - Information for Student Panel Members.

The Student Handbook: Programme Approval and Review has been produced for participating student panel members. It has been designed to supplement face-to-face briefing sessions and will provide all the information you need to be an effective member of a Programme Approval or Review panel.

Student Participants – Programme Review

When academic programmes at GCU are being reviewed, the panel aims to meet a group of current students and recent graduates to hear your views. If you have been invited to participate in a Programme Review event as a current student or recent graduate, you can find out more about what’s involved by reading this short document: Programme Approval and Review - Information for Student Participants‌.  

Student Action Group for Engagement (SAGE)

The Student Action Group for Engagement (SAGE) is a GCU Students’ Association committee, designed to enable genuine student participation in learning, teaching and quality enhancement, and with the wider student experience. SAGE works closely with appropriate University committees to highlight education issues and get more students engaged with making changes.

SAGE is chaired by one of the Vice Presidents of the GCU Students’ Association and meets at least twice per trimester. Core membership is comprised of Undergraduate School Officers, Postgraduate Taught Representatives, Postgraduate Research Student Leads and Mature and Part-Time Students’ Officers.

To find out more and get involved, visit the Students’ Association