The Student-Staff Partnerships (SSP) team and nominated student partners co-review and assess project submissions according to selection criteria and program requirements below.

Scope and motivation 

  • Motivation: The project submission addresses a current need or challenge which impacts the UQ community (e.g. a cohort of UQ students and/or staff).  

  • Innovation: The project proposes the creation of new resources or support networks at UQ.   

  • Scope: The scope is appropriate for the project to be completed within the project round timeframe, taking into consideration the team size and level of student engagement. Please note engaging in authentic partnership takes time.  

  • Flexibility: The project methods and outcomes are flexible, enabling all team members to contribute to the intellectual design and take joint ownership of the project. 

Partnership ethos 

  • SSP Ethos: The project submission aligns with the Student-Staff Partnership (SSP) ethos and the program values. The project seeks to engage students and staff in the process of cocreation, codelivery, and collaborative effort premised upon mutual learning, accountability and shared responsibility. Student and staff partners are valued as colleagues and equal partners. 

  • Need for Partnership: The project submission articulates why it is important to address this need or challenge in partnership, and how both student and staff perspectives are critical in addressing the challenges posed. 

Program requirements 

  • Project streams: The project focuses on enhancing one of the following areas at UQ: (1) Student Experience, (2) Teaching and Learning, or (3) Governance and Strategy.  
  • Outcomes: The project must not primarily focus on research outcomes. Research Experience Programs may be more suitable for research focussed projects.  

  • Team Structure:  

    • Team Size: 2-3 student partners (maximum 4) and 1-2 staff partners per partnership project is recommended. The maximum team size is 8 partners (4 students, 4 staff). In larger teams, effective collaboration and communication can be challenging.  

    • Project Partners: Ideally there should be no greater number of staff than student partners engaged in the project, to alleviate a potential power imbalance.  

    • Engagement Level: Student partners commence at the same engagement level (grant level) to prevent a hierarchy within the team. If a student's availability changes during the project, the level of engagement may be adjusted accordingly.  

  • Project instigators:    

    • Both UQ students and UQ staff can submit a project idea, and collaborative student-staff submissions are encouraged.   

    • For student instigators, at least one staff partner must be included in your submission. The SSP team can help connect you with potential staff partners if needed.  

    • As a project instigator, you will be responsible for submitting the project idea and selecting the student partner applicants for your project. 


Project submission rubric

When submitting a project idea, you will be asked to demonstrate how your project aligns with each selection criteria. The SSP Project Submission Rubric (PDF, 129 KB) is designed to help you address each criteria and may be used as a self-review tool when preparing your project submission.