Stuart is the Lead Researcher on the REACT project. He is responsible for directing the activities of the research team to explore issues of motivation, attainment, retention and belonging in Student Engagement practices through a mixed methods approach across the REACT network.
Stuart is also Head of Student Engagement at The University of Winchester. This primarily involves developing and implementing the strategic institutional direction for Student Engagement including oversight for various student engagement initiatives.
This includes co-ordinating the Student Fellows Scheme which is core to the work of REACT. This initiative partners students with academic staff on co-educational development projects. The Student Fellows Scheme has received national recognition from The Guardian, HEA and NUS.
Stuart is a frequent contributor to Student Engagement events including presentations at conferences organised by RAISE, SEDA, Jisc and Inside Government. He also teaches on the PG Certificate and MA in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education and edits Winchester’s journal of undergraduate work Alfred.
King, S.; Sims, S.; Lowe, T.; El Hakim, Y. (2016) Evaluating partnership and impact in the first year of the Student Fellows Scheme. In: Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 2(1), pp /. ISSN: 2055-4990
Sims, S., Lowe T., Barnes, G., Hutber, L. (2014) The Student Fellows Scheme: A partnership between the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union. In: Educational Developments. Vol 15 (3) pp. 7-10. Published by SEDA.
Power, S.; Sims, S; G Whitty (2013) The Long-term Legacy of the Assisted Places Scheme for Assisted Place Holders. London: Sutton Trust
Sims, S. (2012) Exploring a potential correspondence between the structural conditions of universities and stratified graduate work (Doctoral dissertation, Cardiff University).