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This year's CSPACE conference aims to celebrate the co-production of knowledge in social practice, including in schools, collaborative partnerships, further education, higher education and with children, young people and adult learners in related practices such as social work and health practice.

Drawing inspiration from Professor Mike Neary's pioneering work on 'student as producer', the 2019 CSPACE conference will ask what it means to co-produce knowledge as a social, intellectual, ethical and revolutionary practice within formal and informal educational settings as well as beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. We welcome contributions from all, but especially students, on topics relevant to the broad aim of the conference, and encourage methodological/theoretical diversity and experimentation in your submissions, both in content and format (e.g. posters, presentations, lightning talks, installations, poetry/song and other creative formats).

There will be prizes for the best student poster and the best student presentation

Date: 10th July, 2019

Time: 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Location: City South Campus, Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham

There will be keynotes and parallel sessions throughout the day.

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Professor Mike Neary

Student as Producer: the theory, practice and culture of co-operative higher education

Mike Neary will set out the theory, practice and culture that lies behind the concept of Student as Producer. Student as Producer has been one of the organising principles for teaching and learning at the University of Lincoln since 2010. Mike will show how the concept of Student as Producer is being used to create a model for a co-operative university in the UK. The co-operative university project is seeking degree awarding powers and is due to open in September 2019. The co-operative university will be a democratic, collegiate and collective form of higher education ran by its members: students, academics and other stakeholders.

Mike Neary is Emeritus Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Lincoln. During his time at Lincoln he has been Professor of Sociology from 2014 - 2019, the Dean of Teaching and Learning from 2007 - 14, Head of the Centre for Educational Research and Development 2007 - 2012 and Director of the Graduate School 2011 - 2014. Mike taught Political Sociology at the University of Warwick 1993 - 2007. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007 and in 2016 became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. The Students’ Union at Lincoln granted him honorary life membership in 2014 for his work with students. His main research interest is the future of universities and the role of higher education in creating a post-capitalist society. He is Chair of the Interim Academic Board tasked by the Co-operative College, Manchester, to establish co-operative higher education in the UK.

Dr. Katy Vigurs

Students as holders and co-creators of knowledge in educational research: tales from the field

Involving students as co-creators in educational research can enhance the design, delivery and outcomes of a project, as well as being a valuable learning experience for the students. However, it isn’t easy to do this sort of collaborative research well. This paper will present and discuss a number of research projects where students have been involved as co-researchers in a variety of ways. The different approaches presented will be critiqued, with a particular focus on power dynamics, ethics, relationships for learning, and capacity-building for research. Audience members will be encouraged to consider how students might be meaningfully involved as co-creators of knowledge in future educational research projects.

Dr Katy Vigurs is a Reader in Education at Birmingham City University. She has worked in higher education for fifteen years and has particular interests in researching educational inequalities and conducting participative and creative research methods. She tweets regularly for academic purposes as @drkatyvigurs.

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