1st Edition

A Handbook for Student Engagement in Higher Education Theory into Practice

Edited By Tom Lowe, Yassein El Hakim Copyright 2020
    324 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    324 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Drawing on scholarship as well as established practice, A Handbook for Student Engagement in Higher Education is a sector-leading volume that unpacks the concept of student engagement. It provides ideas and examples alongside compelling theory- and research-based evidence to offer a thorough and innovative exploration of how students and staff can work together to genuinely transform the higher education learning experience.

    Providing readers with evidence from successfully embedded schemes, the book uses case studies and practical, workable examples from a variety of international institutions. With the insight of world-leading contributors, it showcases what good practice looks like in higher education institutions across the globe. Simultaneously collating a wealth of contemporary research, this book creates vivid connections between theories and student engagement in higher education, with chapter topics including:

    • Creating relationships between students, staff and universities
    • Offering non-traditional students extracurricular opportunities
    • Taking a students-as-partners approach
    • Critically reflecting on identities, particularities and relationships
    • The future of student engagement.

    In a fast-developing and significantly shifting area, this book is essential reading for higher education managers and those working directly in the field of student engagement.

    Foreword 0: Student engagement is hard work, but quality takes time

    Douglas Blackstock

    Section 1: Introduction to Student Engagement in Higher Education

    Chapter 1: An Introduction to Student Engagement in Higher Education.

    Tom Lowe and Yassein El Hakim

    Chapter 2: Creating Relationships between Students, Staff and Universities for Student Engagement in Educational Developments.

    Yassein El Hakim, Dr Camille Kandiko-Howson and Rebecca Freeman

    Chapter 3: "I am a part of the university" - Why universities offering non-traditional students extracurricular opportunities leads to higher levels of student engagement - A mature student’s perspective.

    Gary Donaldson

    Chapter 4: Theory and principles underpinning students engaged in educational developments: SEEDs for the future

    Yassein El Hakim and Tom Lowe

    Chapter 5: The changing nature and importance of student representation.

    Alex Bols

    Chapter 6: Student engagement in evaluation: expanding perspectives and ownership.

    Dr Catherine Bovill and Dr Cherie Woolmer

    Section 2: International Perspectives of Theory into Practice

    Chapter 7: Student Engagement through Classroom-focused Pedagogical Partnership: A Model and Outcomes from the United States.

    Prof. Alison Cook-Sather

    Chapter 8: From the ‘Micro’ to the ‘Mega’: Toward a Multi-Level Approach to Supporting and Assessing Student-Staff Partnership.

    Dr Elizabeth Marquis, Christine Black, Rachel Guitman, Prof. Mick Healey and Dr Cherie Woolmer

    Chapter 9: A students as partners approach to developing a work-integrated learning program for science.

    Susan Rowland

    Chapter 10: Going beyond Student Voice through Meta-Level Education Transformation.

    Adam F. C. Fletcher

    Chapter 11: Critically reflecting on identities, particularities, and relationships in student engagement.

    Prof Peter Felten

    Section 3: Models of Student Engagement in Practice

    Chapter 12: Trust me, working alone is challenging. What are the benefits of working in partnership in higher education?

    Kiu Sum

    Chapter 13: The amplification of student voices via institutional research and evaluation.

    Liz Austen

    Chapter 14: On the Origin of Student Fellows: Reflections on the Evolution of Partnership from Theory to Practice.

    Cassie Lowe and Dr Stuart Sims

    Chapter 15: Empowering Students as Champions in Technology Enhanced Learning to Improve Digital Literacies.

    Fiona Harvey and Jim Anderson

    Chapter 16: Empowering students to enhance education at their university.

    Dr Jenny Marie

    Chapter 17: Students as Partners and Peer Coaches in Student Engagement: Themes from PASS Scheme Biographies.

    Digby Warren and Wilko Luebsen

    Chapter 18: Student partners as digital change agents.

    Clare Killen and Sarah Knight

    Chapter 19: Scholarship as student engagement in college higher education.

    John Lea, Rhonda Lobb, Jac Cattaneo and Jenny Lawrence.

    Section 4: The Future of Student Engagement

    Chapter 20: Who defines success in Higher Education? A student perspective on the future of student engagement.

    Madelene Pownall

    Chapter 21: From then to now in student engagement - an academic’s perspective.

    Prof Colin Bryson

    Chapter 22: Higher Education Institutions and Policy Makers: The Future of Student Engagement.

    Tom Lowe and Alex Bols

    Chapter 23: Student Engagement for Educational Developments

    Yassein El Hakim and Professor Allan Goody


    Tom Lowe is the Centre for Student Engagement Manager at the University of Winchester, UK.

    Yassein El Hakim is Co-Founder and CEO at VerifyEd, UK.