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USQ Salon - Building Student-Staff Partnerships from the ground-up in the time of COVID-19

14 JUL 2020
2.00 PM - 3.00 PM

Madelaine-Marie Judd with Julia Groening, Naima Crisp and Franciele Spinelli

Madelaine-Marie Judd:
Madelaine-Marie Judd is the Student Partners Adviser at The University of Queensland. In this role, Madelaine-Marie co-leads the Student-Staff Partnership Program. Prior to this role, Madelaine-Marie was the Project Manager (Graduate Attributes) at Griffith University, in which she led a multi-disciplinary team in the development of pedagogical resources for staff and students. Madelaine-Marie was also the Research Project Manager for four nationally commissioned Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching research grants (graduate employability, postgraduate student experience, Model United Nation Conferences, student evaluation of courses and teaching) and served as a Consultant on numerous OLT grants and fellowships. During Madelaine-Marie’s tenure as Research Project Manager, she was also invited to attend the 2014 G20 World Leaders Summit, G20 Pre-Summit and the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit 2017.

Franciele Spinelli: 
Franciele Spinelli, mostly known as Fran, is an enthusiastic master’s student in the Applied Linguistics Program at the University of Queensland. Originally from Brazil, she has a background in language teaching, education and research. Currently, she is working as a research assistant and a curriculum designer assistant at the School of Languages and Cultures and the Student-Staff partnership team. She is a strong advocate of Student-Staff partnership project and has been engaged in the program since 2018 both as a student and a staff partner. Fran loves networking and learning from others, and strongly believes that the Student-Staff Partnership in an incredible opportunity for students and staff to enhance and strengthen their academic journey experience(s). 

Dr Julia Groening: 
Julia has a background in scientific research, environmental education and community engagement. She has worked in the university, industry and non-profit sector in Australia and Germany and joined UQ’s Student-Staff Partnerships Team in July 2019 as a project officer. Julia believes that we can all learn from each other, irrespective of our academic titles, and loves to be part of a program that connects students and staff and empowers them to effect positive change.

Naima Crisp: 
Naima fell in love with the partnership ethos when she found herself in a student research opportunity that explored UQ Leader’s perspectives of students as partners back in 2016. Since the launch of the formal Student-Staff Partnership Program at UQ, Naima has found any opportunity to engage in partnership from being a student partner, a student representative for the SSP Operational Group, a research assistant for the SSP team, a staff partner, and submitting a partnership project idea. Currently, you can find Naima working in the Student-Staff Partnership Team as a project officer, drawing upon her experiences in partnership to help other students and staff on their partnership journey

In a context of performance-based funding, now more than ever before we must engage students in innovative and meaningful ways. This then poses the question: how can we foster a cultural transformation where students and staff authentically engage in partnership for the betterment of the ‘student experience’?
This USQ Salon will showcase the ongoing cultural transformation that is occurring at The University of Queensland, in relation to the Student-Staff Partnership Program in the COVID-19 era. Key lessons learned, common pitfalls, and recommendations for practice (including in the form of the Partnership in Action booklet) will be shared during this presentation.
After the presentation, we also invite you to pose questions to Madelaine-Marie, and members from the Student-Staff Partnerships team (Julia Groening, Naima Crisp and Franciele Spinelli).

Date: 14 July
Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Zoom

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For more information: USQ Salon Series Website