Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase

Register for Showcase

30 September 2019
Program (9am - 4pm), Cocktail hour (4pm - 5pm)
Advanced Engineering Building, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus


You are invited to participate in the 2019 University of Queensland Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase! Come and meet like-minded individuals enthusiastic about partnerships and walk away inspired with practical strategies for engaging as partners to enhance learning, teaching, and the university experience. Hear from students and staff who have collaborated on projects to enhance the university experience and from students who have served as student representatives to make sure the student voice is heard throughout UQ.
The theme of this year’s showcase is “Empowering People in Partnership”. The showcase will shine a light on practices that can build the abilities of staff and students to engage in truly meaningful partnerships; and, crucially, to ensure that these partnerships have a lasting and sustainable impact on a university.


  • What do we mean by empowerment?
  • How can you expand your influence in a partnership?
  • What are the benefits of taking the time to partner in an authentic manner?
  • How can we engage in cross-cultural partnership?

Full program to be published soon


  • Lightning talk (10minutes)
  • Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Workshop (1 hour)
  • Panel (45 minutes)
  • Poster/information stall 
  • Fishbowl conversation


Shelley Kinash, University of Southern Queensland
Supporting Student Partners to Revolutionise University Education & Change our World

Why does university education matter? For the graduate, degree credentials open (and create new) career doors. For our world, educated and connected citizens can co-create solutions to escalating problems, such as human-provoked climate change and cyber-terrorism. The outcomes cannot be achieved in the absence of a meaningful process. Becoming successful, and influential, change agents requires active, intentional and engaging student experiences. This presentation has been designed to inspire and leverage empowering and authentic partnerships. Key takeaways are strategies for students to develop influential partnerships, and to use partnership as an opportunity to develop cross-cultural competency to graduate as global citizens.

About Shelley Kinash 
Shelley Kinash is the Director, Advancement of Learning & Teaching, and frequently, Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Southern Queensland. Previously, she was the Director of Learning & Teaching at Bond University. She completed her PhD in Canada and has been an academic for over 25 years. She is the international Convenor of The STARS Employability Network. She led national research on – Graduate Employability, Postgraduate Student Experience and Student Evaluation of Teaching. Her 394 published works have been downloaded 51,000+ times from 177 countries. Her work is showcased in the national Government report on educational research impact.

Benefits for Students and Staff

  • Learn how becoming a partner can lead to change at the University
  • Hear directly from student and staff partners on the types of projects that they have collaborated on
  • Build and develop valuable networks


  • Hear from student and staff partners on the practical strategies to consider when engaging in partnership
  • Learn about the impact and outcomes from UQs partners and representatives

2018 Showcase

Last years Showcase brought together over 110 Student Partners and Representatives to discuss Student-Staff Partnerships and their impact on the University experience. Last years showcase offered lightning talks, presentations, workshops and activation spaces that brought to light the themes of the day including:

  • Unpacking the purpose of Student-Staff Partnerships
  • Learning together and enhancing employability
  • Building team cohesion
  • Navigating power dynamics

View the 2018 Student-Staff Partnership Showcase Program

2019 Showcase Key Dates

Call for Participation opens: April
Call for Participation closes: 29 May 
Submissions review: Week 20 May 
Speakers notified: End of May
Registration opens: June
Program: August
Showcase: 30 September