Student Partnership Agreement

About the Student Partnership Agreement at the University of Edinburgh.

About the Agreement

Students and staff at the University of Edinburgh share many goals. The Student Partnership Agreement states how the Edinburgh University Students’ Association and the University are working in partnership to enhance the student experience. The Student Partnership Agreement is reviewed annually and the priorities are agreed in consultation with students and staff.

Student Partnership Agreement (566.25 KB / PDF)

The University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University Students’ Association have enjoyed a long and productive partnership. This agreement builds on the strength of that partnership. It highlights how the wider University, including all students and staff, can effectively work together to enhance the student experience. It sets out our values, our approach to partnership and the priorities we have agreed to work on together.

Student Partnership Agreement Priorities for 2023-24

  • Community, wellbeing and supporting transitions

Supporting staff and students to collaboratively develop and enhance resilient communities across years, across degree formats, and across the University overall. Developing communities that promote a sense of wellbeing, belonging and mattering through the Student Support Model as well as more broadly. Supporting students as they move to the University, from semester to semester, from year to year, as well as beyond the University and preparing for professional working life. Supporting students through the cost-of-living crisis.

  • Transforming curriculum and engagement with learning and teaching

Recognising the power of learning, teaching, and assessment to transform the student experience. Encouraging meaningful student and staff engagement with learning and teaching. University-wide curriculum transformation and making the Edinburgh Student Vision a reality, and effectively communicating this work to students and staff. Developing students who are: disciplinary experts; ready to thrive in a changing world; and highly employable. Experiential learning; international dimensions of curriculum; global and local engagement; student-staff co-creation of assessment, teaching and learning, decolonising the curriculum; exploring new technologies; online, in-person, and hybrid experiences of teaching and learning.

  • Equality, diversity and inclusion

Ensuring we work in partnership to promote a University community where all are welcome, respected and nurtured. Making intentional efforts to meet the needs of our diverse community of students and staff, and acknowledging intersectionality. Recognising we may need to change the way we practice to ensure some individuals and groups, who have traditionally been systemically excluded, feel welcome and are enabled to engage.

Student Partnership Agreement small project funding

In order to support the Student Partnership Agreement, the University provides modest funding for student-staff collaborative projects each year.

These projects focus on trying to make progress against the priorities set out in the Student Partnership Agreement. More information is available about the Student Partnership Agreement Funding on the IAD's funding webpages. 

>> Student Partnership Agreement Small Project Funding - find out more

If you would like to find out more about the Student Partnership Agreement, please contact