Partnerships for Success: Working Together in Higher Education for Student Success
Student success has never been out of the minds of staff in Higher Education institutions. Their individual and collective desire to see all students fulfil their potential has never been in doubt and has not diminished over the years. In the fast changing world of Higher Education today however, the external focus on staff and student experience has grown, bringing with it such tools as the National Student Survey and the newly proposed Teaching Excellence Framework in the 2016 White Paper on Higher Education. Now more than ever, staff in Higher Education, need to sharpen their own focus on what they do and what they might do to enhance their teaching and support for students and to give credence to their work in the face of increasing scrutiny and inspection.
This short paper addresses the still all too common divide between ‘academic’ and ‘non-academic’ provision, suggesting ways in which we might move forward and away from this erroneous and divisive nomenclature and into a more collaborative and integrated world of shared responsibility and all-inclusive thinking. The paper focuses particularly on the relationship between professional library based staff and teaching colleagues within Higher Education.