You can count the hours on your project towards the Exeter Award, where you can also access training in relevant personal and professional skills.
If you have already completed the Exeter Award, you can develop your skills further and more specifically within Leadership and Management through the Exeter Leaders Award, using your Change Agents project experience as your case study.
What counts as a project?
Change Agents and Partners projects are those which seek to change and improve the student experience, or the service that the University provides to students. To get an idea of how broad this remit is, take a look at listings of projects currently running with us, and case studies of past projects.
Students’ involvement in a Change Agents project can take different forms, but fundamentally students must take a leading role in the direction and management of a project. The project can make use of one or more students in a partnership-based role with other staff leaders, or students can lead a project by themselves, or be delegated greater control by staff partners.
Staff keen to initiate student-led improvements should think critically about how they are involving students, and seek to structure that work in a way to give students as much active and direct control of the change as is practical. This makes your work eligible to be registered with Change Agents, but also embodies the Exeter ethos of genuine student-led change.
Students who have project proposals they wish to run by themselves can register with us directly, using the link on the right hand side of this page.
If you have any questions about whether your project is eligible, or for staff, how to involve students more directly in your project, please contact us.
We ask all projects to complete a "workflow" of basic steps to ensure we have an accurate record of what you have don, why, and precisely what impact this work had on the student experience. For projects led entirely by students, this workflow also helps us to support your project to take place effectively, safely, and in line with any University processes or protocols you need to interact with, such as GDPR or Prevent Strategy.
We try to keep this workflow as light and flexible as possible, while capturing everything we need to. The stages of our project workflow are as follows:
Any student or staff member of your project should complete the registration form. Your project team will then be given access to our SharePoint and Teams pages. Through these pages you can interact with other project teams, keep your own project documents together, and you will be able to submit the required documents for the remaining workflow stages.
2. Project Approval
Before your project secures any funding or begins any work to develop or implement change, we ask that you first complete and receive approval at this stage. We use this to check that all projects have in place:
- a project plan with clear aims and objectives, a timeline, and proposed methods to measure impact
- risk assessments for your project, as well as any physical events or activities you intend to run
- a spending plan if you intend to secure and spend £250 or more
What you submit at this stage also helps us to seek appropriate approval if required from your department or College, especially if you are a completely student-led project.
3. Project Completion
When your project nears to completion, you should complete this stage to detail what you have achieved. Student project leads will then be asked to complete a short individual personal evaluation to capture what you have gained from the experience. Students who successfully complete all stages will receive an accredited Student as Change Agents entry in seciton 6.1 of their HEAR report for the corresponding academicy year they complete in.
Contacting us and next steps
Registering your project
If you already have an project proposal ready to submit to us, you should complete our registration form. This form is not yet open for 2021/22 but will be available here very soon
If you have any questions about Change Agents, or require any help or clarification on completing any stage of your workflow, please contact us on email@example.com
We also welcome correspondence from staff who would like to make better use of Change Agents projects in their department or College, but are not sure how to go about this.
Students as Change Agents and all reigstered projects are administered and supported by the Student Community and Partnerships Team in Quality and Standards, TQAE.