The Student Fellows Scheme (SFS)
The purpose of the Student Fellows Scheme (SFS) is to recruit, train and develop students, who work in partnership with academics and professional staff, on targeted educational development projects. 

These projects can include: conducting evaluations, research or developing new initiatives that address a range of broad topics. The main purpose is to make a change to some aspect of the university that improves the experience for students. This could be on a specific module or across the whole institution. 

Students receive a bursary of £600, given in four installments across the academic year, subject to the completion of progress review stages

For more information, contact Dr Stuart Sims – Head of Student Engagement

Video: Transforming the assessment and feedback landscape - students as partners

What does the scheme entail?

The Student Fellows Scheme enables students and academics to work closer together on targeted educational development projects to help improve the university experience for all.

The scheme allow students to work on a broad range of projects including conducting evaluations, research or developing new initiatives that could benefit the student experience.

What support do you get from the University?

The student fellows themselves have to be highly committed to their projects. In return, they receive experience and insight about academic processes in higher education, project management skills, research training and experience dissemination opportunities.



Student fellows receive a bursary of £600 and are supported by a research officer from Academic Quality Development and the Vice President of Education from the Student Union.

The scheme coordinators also provide training in conducting independent research projects that cover a wide array of topics including:

• Research project management

• Collecting and analysing data

• Intensive writing workshops to get research published

What are the motivations behind the scheme?

Taking part in the Student Fellows Scheme (SFS) gives students a number of fantastic opportunities, including:


• Developing communication, presentation and professional skills

• Working in an equal partnership with academic staff members

• Engaging more deeply with their course, department and university

Video: What motivated you to join SFS?

Video: What is your project about?

Key benefits to students

Taking part in the Student Fellows Scheme gives students many fantastic opportunities to get more involved with their institution and develop a range of skills, these include:

• Developing communication, presentation and professional skills

• Working in an equal partnership with academic staff members

• Engaging more deeply with their course, department and university and learning more about how these processes work

• We also provide training in conducting independent research including project management, collecting data and analysing data

• A bursary of £600, accreditation on the HEAR and the opportunity to present their work at external and internal event

Key benefits to the University

The Student Fellows Scheme is important for:

• Enhancing the learning experience of students at Winchester through educational development initiatives and student experience interventions informed by research

• Raising the University of Winchester reputation for student engagement and partnership

Key benefits to the sector

The Student Fellows Scheme has taken the theory surrounding student engagement and partnership and implemented those principals into a beneficial practice. 



 It has had widespread recognition at a national level.


 Publications on the Student Fellows include:


• 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.

• Shortlisted and runner up in The Guardian Higher Education Awards- Student Experience Award in 2015.

• Highly Commended by the NUS & HEA Students as Partners Institutional-Student Union Partnership Award in 2014.