B4 - Student unions and universities: a partnership approach to empowering researchers

Day 1 at 16:20 - This workshop will consider the role of Student Unions in empowering researchers and helping them to develop skills for leadership and interdisciplinary working. We will present case studies from the University of Glasgow, including a joint approach to promoting and analysing the PG Research Experience Survey, working with elected officers and the use of a Postgraduate Club as a hub for researcher-led activity. Through allowing each organisation (the University and the Student Union) to play to its own strengths in terms of culture, working practices and student engagement, we have been able to use a variety of approaches to tackle important issues, such as student well-being and stress management. Workshop participants will be invited to discuss their own examples of partnership working, with the aim of developing sustainable practice which makes best use of resources and both supports and empowers the individual researcher.

Presentation from Workshop B4


Day Day 1
Session B
Start time 16:20
Strand Postgraduate research
Code B4

Dr Elizabeth Adams - Researcher Development Officer, University of Glasgow

Stef Black - Postgraduate Development Officer, University of Glasgow Students' Representative Council


Workshop topics covered:

  • Student representation
  • Leadership Development and empowerment
  • Researcher-led initiatives

Themes covered:

  • New approaches to enabling researchers to reach their potential and make powerful career choices',
  • Leadership development for researchers
  • New and interesting ways of supporting mobility - international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary'

Workshop outcomes:

Participants will

  • Gain an understanding of the role of a student union and its potential for supporting researcher development
  • Receive examples and case studies of the types of project which have benefitted from a joint approach at the University of Glasgow
  • Share their own experiences of the benefits and barriers to working in partnership with a student representative body"


Presentation and discussion