Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase 2021

The Art of Partnership
Wednesday 20 October, 2.30-6pm

You are invited to participate in the 2021 University of Queensland Student-Staff Partnerships Showcase!  The Showcase is an opportunity for the Student-Staff Partnerships (SSP) Community to highlight and celebrate the wonderful work carried out during the year and to share their partnership experiences and learnings. Experiences will be shared across  project teams, student and staff partners, student representatives and advisory group members.
Date: Wednesday 20 October 2021
Time: 2.30-4.30pm (Presentations), 4.30-6pm (Celebration event)
Where: ModWest, St Lucia campus (Presentations), Lower Forgan Smith Lawn (Celebration event)
Who can attend: SSP community and anyone interested in joining or finding out more about the SSP community (internal and external)
Delivery: This event will be delivered on-campus and online


Keynote Speakers

Keynote Address – The Partnership Jam

Hear from our keynote speakers, Jimi Bursaw and Courtney Randall, as they share how every day inspiration can become the keys to transforming an awkward group of strangers into a cohesive band that can produce a hit record. In this keynote speech, attendees will learn about the importance of ‘jamming’ in partnerships, developing and harnessing opportunities for the work of a project, and capitalising on success to build a legacy that will make your partnership project go platinum!

Jimi Bursaw, Student Experience Coordinator, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jimi has a passion for helping students find empowerment and authenticity as they explore the inspiring roles they can play in making our world a better place. Jimi’s background comes from alternative practices in education/experiential education, leadership & team development, and international higher education. Jimi’s work at UQ focuses on how we can provide an even better student experience in HASS. He does this by developing and running new student-centred initiatives in HASS and by helping staff with their own project refinement and innovation.
Courtney Randall Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UQ Student Representative
Courtney is in her fourth year of study for a Bachelor of Arts with an Extended Major in Peace & Conflict Studies and a Minor in International Relations. Courtney has been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the HASS student community since 2019. First, as a Student Partner and then a Student Representative in 2020 and 2021. During this time, she has been a passionate advocate for bettering the student experience through engineering new ways to connect students and staff. Through her work, Courtney has focused on streamlining communication between students and staff for more efficient and practical problem solving for issues relating to the student experience


Call for submissions to present at the 2021 Showcase - Closed

We are seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from UQ students and staff to present at the 2021 SSP Showcase. Submissions will be accepted from staff and students who have collaborated on an SSP project in 2021 and Round 3 and 4 2020. Submissions will also be accepted by students who have served as representatives on university or faculty committees/ advisory groups this year. Submissions close Sunday the 12th September.

What can I present?

Showcase presentations should highlight the SSP value of creativity in your interpretation of the theme - The Art of Partnership - and may include:

  • The Performance – what are your tips and tricks for a successful partnership?
  • The Masterpiece – what achievement or result did you create in partnership?
  • The Review – what were the growth experiences, learnings and rewards from your partnership journey?

Types of submissions

We encourage presentations from SSP project teams and student representatives to express The Art of Partnership through:

  • Slideshow
  • Video
  • Poster
  • Other creative formats (poetry, visual art, dance, music etc.)

Submission Considerations

  • Presentations should be no longer than 10 minutes
  • We are hopeful the Showcase will be in person but may need to move online to meet Covid-19 restrictions. Please be mindful of how your presentation can be delivered online if needed
  • If suitable, you may choose to display or perform your presentation at the celebration event on the Art Museum lawn.
  • Even if you have only just started your partnership journey in a project team or as a student representative, don't let that stop you! You are more than welcome to submit an EOI to present at the Showcase.
  • Be as creative as you like - don’t be afraid to unleash your inner artist!

Contact Us

To discuss your idea or talk to a Student-Staff Partnerships team member about the upcoming Showcase please get in touch. E:

COVID Safe Events

All events and spaces are operating in line with current guidelines. We ask that you please practice social distancing at all times and if you have travelled in the last 14 days, been in contact with someone with COVID-19, or if you are feeling unwell or experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home. Where relevant, you will be required to provide your contact details for contact tracing purposes.