What are Student-Staff Partnerships?

Enhance the UQ student experience and develop your capabilities and professional networks.

UQ Student-Staff Partnerships provide a valuable opportunity for staff and students to co-design courses, tutorial or assessment activities, co-facilitate events, or co-develop engagement initiatives.

This approach seeks to empower students and staff to work in partnership to design, deliver and enhance the UQ student experience, and is underpinned by values such as respect, reciprocity and shared responsibility.

Types of Student Staff Partnerships

SSP Professional Development Workshops 

To ensure that you are achieving your full potential, and gaining the most out of your experience in your Student-Staff Partnership, we have developed a suite of professional development workshops for student representatives and student partners. These workshops are free and will equip you with the necessary skills to get the most out of your experience. Be sure to register soon to secure your place as spaces are limited. 

Student Feedback: How to collect it, and what to do with it

This session focuses on how to collect the opinions of others through the use of face-to-face feedback sessions (such as focus groups) and online surveys, and how to best utilise this information once it is collected. After this workshop, you will feel empowered to facilitate feedback sessions that can have a profound experience on your role as a student representative and / or student partner. 

  • Monday 8 October, 1pm - 2pm
  • Thursday 11 October, 1pm - 2pm 

Enhancing Your Employability as a Student Partner or Representative 

Explore how you can make the most of the skills that you have developed through serving as a student representative and/or as a student partner. Learn how you can use your experiences as a representative or partner to enhance your future employability and reflect upon the knowledge that you have gained.

  • Tuesday 9 October, 9am - 11am
  • Wednesday 10 October, 2pm - 4pm

How to make an impact in the meeting room

This session will provide you with the necessary tools to have your voice heard, and will provide techniques for stating your opinion in a persuasive manner. This workshop seeks to enable you to confidently assert your opinion in a meeting room setting and to have a positive impact on the decision-making processes that occur in these spaces.

  • Tuesday 16 October, 12pm - 1pm
  • Thursday 18 October, 9am - 10am

Register for a Workshop

What's in it for you


  • Draw on your unique experiences and knowledge to be an agent for change at UQ
  • Collaborate on a range of exciting and innovative projects
  • Form meaningful, collaborative partnerships across the University
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of the UQ student experience 
  • Add to your professional portfolio and enhance your employability 
  • Receive either a grant or UQU voucher/s for your partnership 


  • Empower students to influence decision-making processes throughout the University
  • Collaborate in partnership with motivated and creative students to the betterment of your project
  • Help to foster a culture of partnership at UQ
  • Learn from the experiences of students to positively impact your work
  • Increase student satisfaction with course or program content / design
  • Contribute to teaching and learning research as an outcome of your partnership

Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase

Wednesday 3 October 2018, 9am – 4pm 
Global Change Institute (BLD 20), The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus

You are invited to attend The University of Queensland Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase! Hear from students and staff who have collaborated on projects to enhance the university experience and from students who have served as representatives on University or Faculty committees. Learn what student-staff partnerships are, how you can be involved, and walk away inspired with practical strategies for engaging as partners to enhance learning, teaching, and the university experience. Learn more