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University of Winchester: Student Engagement in Higher Education

Institution University of Winchester
Department Department of Applied Criminology and Forensic Studies
Telephone +44 (0)1962 827234
Study type Taught


  • Reflect and engage with contemporary debate on Student Engagement in Higher Education

  • This is the only course of its kind, with teaching from sector experts

  • Assessments with real-world application

  • A PG Cert exit award is also available

This course builds upon sector leading practice and research at the University of Winchester in Student Engagement in Higher Education as a means to enhance the student experience in contemporary Higher Education.

This course offers an opportunity to learn from sector experts from Winchester’s world leading practice and recently established Centre for Student Engagement with internally recognised Visiting Fellows. You will be provided with the opportunity to develop an applicable knowledge and critical understanding of theory and practice surrounding Student Engagement to be equipped to become a more applicable practitioner in diverse settings.

Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to synthesise an understanding of theory and policy of Student Engagement in Higher Education, and will have the ability to critically reflect on Student Engagement practice in your own context and understand the different practices (Student Voice, Partnership etc.). You will develop a critical awareness of the current challenges and agendas facing Student Engagement in Higher Education, informed by the forefront of contemporary policy and theoretical thinking. You will also apply your knowledge to challenging contexts of engaging students in Higher Education in a contemporary setting, and will be able to evaluate and directly plan practice to ensure Student Engagement practices are relevant to the module themes in diverse settings with varied stakeholders (diversity, democracy, scalability etc.).

You will learn of multiple practices, policies and strategies to engage students in improving the student experience, in consideration of the parallel theory which has developed in this area from the notion of student satisfaction through to student-staff partnership. You will reflect on theory and themes such as; inclusivity, partnership, representation, power structures, student voice and accessibility, which relate to Student Engagement. The programme will offer opportunities for you to discuss, debate and critically reflect on developed practice, and your own practice to both learn and critically assess how students are engaged in these processes at your own institution.

Each module of the programme will be led by the springboard of the two day retreat at the University of Winchester, where content will be delivered and activity led discussions will begin. You will then interact with the remaining module by distance through weekly readings and online lectures on specific practice which will then be discussed in reading groups.

The assessment of the programme follows a programmatic assessment model where each assessment builds on the previous and the feedback will directly inform the next assessment. The assessments will all draw on developments, practice and the context of your home institution offering you the opportunity to reflect, synthesise and build thinking around practice in Student Engagement to take back to your workplace. Each assessment will be authentic with real-world application in an academic format.


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