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Student Engagement in Higher Education – New Book Explores Motivation, Engagement and the Student Voice

United Kingdom, January 2014 – The publication of the National Survey of Student Engagement in November last year, which surveyed over 300,000 undergraduate and senior students in the US, confirmed that increased student  engagement can pay dividends in learning, retention, persistence and completion.

In a new book from Emerald Group Publishing, “The Student Engagement Handbook, Practice in Higher Education”, editors Elisabeth Dunne and Derfel Owen explore how higher education (HE) institutions can collaborate and engage with students in new and creative ways to become more responsive and better attuned to their needs.

Against a backdrop of different settings, the book provides examples of innovative and inspiring cases of engaging students in practice, and how to empower students within decision-making processes to lead and deliver change. Covering curriculum design and delivery, community research and how to design creative campuses for student engagement, this is a unique handbook which provides an authoritative voice on student engagement and empowerment in higher education.

Editors Elisabeth Dunne and Derfel Owen add, “'As this handbook highlights, Higher Education institutions across the world have a responsibility to encourage and nurture student engagement. We have drawn on our personal experience and expertise to create what we believe to be an informative, practical and valuable insight into key national and global agendas and issues, and suggesting how students can be empowered to take real responsibility for changing their University education for the better”.

As one of the first handbooks to cover the subject of student engagement in HE in such depth, the book will be of interest to researchers undertaking study in HE and practitioners wanting to improve provision for learning, teaching and collaborative partnerships.  It will also appeal to students who wish to engage in new ways with their institution or those involved in student-led representation. 

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ISBN:9781781904237; Format: Hardback, pp580; Publication Date: Dec 2013; Price: GBP £89.95, Euro €106.00, USD $140.00

About the Authors

Elisabeth Dunne is Head of Student Engagement and Skills at the University of Exeter. Her career has been devoted to the promotion of innovation and strategic development in education, always being at the cutting-edge of change. A major focus throughout has been on the student experience. She has spent many years teaching, as well as directing a large number of major research, development and evaluation projects of national interest. She has promoted a range of central initiatives across the University to support the improvement of learning, teaching and assessment, including  ‘Students as Change Agents’ which now pervades institutional thinking, enabling students to take leadership roles and responsibility for enhancement of learning. She has written numerous educational books, articles and reports, and delivered conference papers, invited keynotes and workshops around the world.

Derfel Owen is Head of Academic Policy and Standards at the University of Exeter. His career has been spent in student facing roles. In 2007, Derfel joined the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA),and as part of his efforts to improve QAA's reach to students, he pioneered new approaches to communication and engagement, including launching the QAA podcast series, QAAtv, utilising social media, student led publications and a substantial redevelopment of QAA’s website. Now at the University of Exeter, Derfel is responsible for leading the development of academic policies, working closely with students and staff to maintain academic standards and enhance student learning.

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