The University of Exeter will host the 2017 event supported by Jisc. 

The Conference will bring together students and staff from across the UK to discuss exciting new practice around working in partnership.

Change Agents' Network 2017: Supporting Effective Partnerships


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Welcome and background

The University of Exeter is proud to be hosting the 5th annual Change Agents’ Network Conference, which is being supported by Jisc, on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2017 at our Streatham Campus in Exeter.  We are delighted to be taking over from the University of Lincoln who hosted the successful 2016 CAN Conference. The conference is a fantastic opportunity for students and staff from across the UK to share good practice, and honest reflections on the importance of working in partnership to improve the education experience. 

Speaking about the role of the conference, Sarah Knight, Senior Co-design Manager from Jisc, said;

‘We recognise the valuable initiatives students are involved in as change agents and in working as partners in transforming their educational experiences – whether this be in co-designing the curriculum, supporting staff and their peers with the development of their digital capabilities, working as student researchers, or in enhancing their employability. This conference offers a unique opportunity to showcase and celebrate this innovative practice, to share what works and to learn from each other. We are delighted to bring together the rich tapestry of practice across both further education and skills and higher education, and to have students leading this event.’

Change Agents’ Network

The Change Agents’ Network (CAN), originally established by Jisc, supports higher education and further education and skills staff working in partnership with students in implementing technology enhanced learning and enhancing the student experience.

In summary the network:

  • Supports students working as change agents, digital pioneers, student fellows, student researchers and students working in partnership with staff on technology related change projects
  • Networks and connects staff and students in colleges and universities across the UK working on such projects
  • Communicates, disseminates and influences the sharing of good practice
  • Contributes to the open access Journal of educational innovation, partnership and change
  • Has previously run an accredited course on being a change agent/institutional change leader through the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA)

Building on CAN 2016 at the University of Lincoln

In June 2016, 170 students and staff from across UK further and higher education gathered at the University of Lincoln to share best practice from their work on partnership/change agency projects and how this was driving forward change within their institutions. This was an inspiring event and showcased the innovation and enthusiasm students have for working in partnership with staff to improve and enhance their educational experiences.  You can view the summary of this event together with the presentations and recordings on the Jisc CAN website.

This year we are building on the successes of the previous CAN Conferences, with our keynotes involving students and staff in partnership; student-led sessions showcasing current practice around the conference themes; a student panel showcasing best practice and plenty of opportunities for networking.

We are also offering an in-depth insight into how the University of Exeter has evolved its approaches to students as change agents.