The 'Student Co-Creator' role is an integral part of Pearson College London. Student co-creation is just one area Pearson College London is pioneering - it also works closely with industry who co-design degree courses to ensure that students enter the workplace 'work ready' upon graduating.
Student Co-Creators act as consultants, providing feedback, ideas and suggestions on how to keep enhancing the student experience, and as ambassadors, representing the College and their chosen degree. In return, chosen applicants are rewarded with a scholarship to cover the full cost of their tuition fees.
The Student Co-Creator role involves:
- Attending a monthly Student Co-Creator meeting
- Producing an annual review
- Contributing to marketing materials and activities, to make sure the student voice and experience is truly reflected
- Giving interviews or comments to journalists and other media
- Participating in some meetings
- Speaking/helping out at open days, personal visits, school visits and UCAS fairs
- Conducting self-directed research into key areas of the life of the College drawing on best practice across the sector - these include a review of assessment methodology, industry engagement and internal communication techniques
- Collaborating with staff on the design and delivery of their learning
Through these activities, Student Co-Creators have been key contributors to the ongoing strategic direction of Pearson College London. They are also vital in helping to keep degree courses relevant, inspiring and original. Given the high levels of responsibility and time commitment expected, Student Co-Creators are individually reviewed on an annual basis, with some students also promoted to the role in recognition of outstanding contribution.
An example of this is when a student took the initiative to organise a joint industry event with Direct Line Group, where he had completed a summer internship. The proposal was for a hackathon event, taking the form of an idea generation scheme with teams of students innovating around key challenges facing the insurance industry. With this, the student was both directly contributing to, and enhancing the learning experience of other students. The event was entirely project managed by the student in conjunction with staff at Pearson College London. This included the responsibility of securing budget and organising high-profile speakers from within Direct Line Group, and a number of external organisations (including Google).