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Our key focus sees the conference highlight the beneficial impact of Student and Staff Partnerships on the first year experience. We believe that the staff-student conversation is one of the best avenues for change and throughout the conference would want to create a vibrant climate in which staff and students engage in discussions about the future of the first year experience. This will build upon the reputation the host university has for its student engagement approach which sees students as partners in co-creating the learning experience. Therefore, we would anticipate sessions that showcase how first year practice has been influenced by or even co-created through engagement with the student voice.
Harvey, J.,O'Connor, R. & McDonnell, C. (2017) Applying Design Thinking to Reimagine Our First Year Experience – Evidence Gained from Prototype Projects in Three Irish Institutions,Presentation, European First Year Experience Conference, June 28th, Birmingham City University. UK.