Students as partners program

A rewarding opportunity to have a say in how the University supports students to develop their study and communication skills, and gain valuable workplace skills and experience.

What is the Academic Skills Students as Partners Program?

In this program, students can volunteer to work in partnership with the Academic Skills team to contribute to the continuous improvement of resources and services aiming to support students to develop academic, English language, intercultural and professional skills throughout their studies.

Hear from past Student Partners

“I have really enjoyed being part of the program for 2020 and I have definitely gained a lot from working with the various staff from Academic Skills.”
- Lucinda, Bachelor of Commerce

“Thanks for all your help and guidance through the whole year. It's my pleasure to work as a student partner and build resources for students in university! I really enjoyed this experience!”
- Heidi, Bachelor of Commerce

“Over the last two semesters, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work for the Academic Skills team on various projects. It is a fabulous team who are open to ideas and so easy to communicate with. I felt very valued as a student partner."
- Akshata, Masters of Management

What skills and experience will I gain?

This role is voluntary and provides a unique opportunity to develop your communication, teamwork, facilitation, presentation, project management and digital literacy skills.

You will also have an opportunity to work with a diverse range of Academic Skills student partners.

What do student partners do?

Drawing on your own experiences of studying at university, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide a student perspective on current and future activities
  • Participate in team decision making
  • Review, design and develop engaging services and resources
  • Co-deliver workshops and presentations

2020 projects

  • Know your classmates 

    This was a student-initiated project. The students recognised an opportunity to help students connect with each other using  Canvas inbox and developed a web page and video to promote and support this.

  • Digital resources for studying online

    To support students in the shift to online learning due to COVID-19, student partners created a suite of resources to help students adapt and thrive: a web page on email etiquette, a video and web page with tips for learning from online recordings, and some video materials on managing time in online study (to be published).

    They also designed a survey for academic staff to determine needs, analysed this data and used it to inform development priorities.

  • How do I learn? Online tool  

    Student partners co-developed an online reflective learning tool, hosted on the Academic Skills website. This tool seeks to promote a curious mindset about learning through a series of animated videos, a reflective quiz, recommended resources and a series of motivational emails.

  • The Social Connection 

    In collaboration with the Student Program Development Team, student partners provided feedback and suggestions during the development and delivery of the Social Connection project, contributing greatly to the success of the activity.

  • Teacher toolkit 

    Student partners reviewed, provided feedback on and contributed to multiple content areas in the Academic Skills teacher toolkit.

  • Co-design and delivery of exam workshop 

    Student partners evaluated, co-designed and delivered (x 2 sessions) an exam revision workshop.  Attendees commented that they enjoyed receiving tips on exam revision from both an adviser and a student.

  • STEM representative 

    One student partner co-developed and co-facilitated three orientation sessions for BSci students over the past two semesters, reaching around 800 students. They also brought a STEM perspective to a critical thinking workshop.

  • Drop-ins 

    Student partners were involved in evaluating and recommending changes to the Academic Skills writing drop-ins, with the aim of adapting the service for the virtual environment and improving reach.

How do I apply?

Applications have closed for the current program.  Applications are usually advertised on the student portal, as well as on our Academic Skills social media.

Program dates

4 January – Semester 1, 2021.

Have questions?

If you have any questions about the Academic Skills Students as Partners Program,
please email: hilary.dolan@unimelb.edu.au.