Learning about learning, learning about the University: academic-student partnership in gender research

Learning about learning, learning about the University: academic-student partnership in gender research

Sarah Dyer, University of Exeter - Download slides here

This paper reflects on an action research project being undertaken at Exeter University, supported by the Higher Education Academy through its Strategic Enhancement Programme (Student Engaged Learning strand).  Working with 20 student ‘peer researchers’ from a range of departments, we are researching the causes of a gendered engagement with learning in STEM subjects identified by the University. I use this paper as an opportunity to reflect on how such research can be meaningful to those who are involved and beyond the context it is undertaken in. The research is framed at different scales (‘classroom’ interactions, within the neoliberal University, and as Geography research). I am interested in exploring the ethics and possibilities of staff-student partnership (as called for by the HEA) and the implications for students and academics.