Robert Gordon University (RGU) already has the UK’s best graduate employment record and now it aims to ensure that it also offers the very best student learning experience by entering into a Student Partnership Agreement.
Proposed by the Scottish Government’s Student Participation in Quality Scotland guidance, the partnership is based on an agreement between the university and the Students’ Union, acting on behalf of the wider student body, to ensure students and staff work together to continually improve the learning experience.
The agreement ensures an effective working relationship between the student body and the university is maintained and developed, and outlines three themes – Representation; Campus Community; and Assessment Feedback - which will be progressed to enhance RGU’s vibrant learning community.
Strengthening the interaction between the student population and RGU, ‘Representation’ was identified as a theme to encourage students to get involved through formal representative roles such as student faculty officers, student governors and class representatives.
The ‘Campus Community’ theme aims to enhance the extra-curricular experience, increasing the variety of activities and making them more accessible to both staff and students across the campus.
‘Assessment Feedback’ forms the partnership’s third theme, which, relating to the learning experience uses student views on assessment to identify and promote the enhancement of design and practice of exams and coursework.
Ferdinand von Prondzynski, the principal of RGU, says: “This agreement underscores our aim of providing a campus environment that supports and enriches a vibrant and diverse student life.
“The partnership recognises the importance of collaboration between individual students and members of staff at all levels play to create a dynamic learning community, which is achieved through listening to both perspectives and allowing each group to contribute.
“We hope that through engagement, we can support and enhance each student’s personal and professional development through the provision of extensive extra curricular activities, making them feel part of a supportive learning community.”
Steven Mills, the student president for education and welfare, said: “It is fantastic that we now have a formal partnership agreement which will see RGU:Union and the university working even closer together to continually improve the student learning experience.
“Student participation and engagement are key to helping us make the university an even better place to study so we hope that this partnership will encourage more students to get involved either formally or informally, empowering them to provide opinions knowing that their views are being taken seriously by the university at a senior level.”
The development of the partnership has included the establishment of a working group that comprises representatives from RGU:Union, students and academic and support staff to monitor initiatives and activities in the key areas that supports the three enhancement themes.