Sheffield Hallam University recently hosted the annual conference of the RAISE network. RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement) is a network of academics, practitioners, advisors and students from across the Higher Education sector, who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement.
This year’s conference took place in the University’s Charles Street building between 5th to 7th September and the theme was Collaborations in Student Engagement. Topics included co-creation, differential experiences, group learning, student-staff partnership, engagement in assessment, student-led research, and student life and belonging.
Activities included a broad range of lively and informative presentations, keynotes, workshops and discussions, as well as a poster competition, and several social events, including a social run and a conference dinner.
The opportunity to network is always a key part of RAISE events, and the parallel sessions included contributions from over 50 institutions, from more than 100 presenters. As well as presenters from the UK, we were delighted to welcome staff and students from Ireland, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Colin Bryson, Chair of the RAISE network, said the organisation had been excellent and the Sheffield Hallam conference was ‘the best one yet,… setting the bar very high’ for next year’s conference in Newcastle.