Staff-Student Insight Scheme

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Be paired with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to share, learn and collaborate.


What is the Staff-Student Insight Scheme?

Each year we partner up senior managers from the University, including the Vice-Chancellor, Directors of Colleges, and Directors of Professional Services, with students from across the University. If you are partnered as a student, you will gain an insight into how the University works, what it’s like working in a high profile career, and it gives you an opportunity to share your experiences of being a real student.

You will meet other students who are on the scheme, and your staff partner at a Welcome Event in October. You will then meet up with your staff partner and share activities for the equivalent of one day; this could be going to some of their meetings or by bringing them along to a seminar. After your initial shadowing, you then meet up regularly on a more informal basis throughout the year.

For this year only this opportunity is for First Year students currently transitioning into Second Year – if you are unsure just get in touch at [email protected] We still have lots of other opportunities for ALL students to be involved with within our LINC-UP scheme! Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!


Benefits to you

Not only is this an exciting opportunity to meet high-profile academics, but taking part will give you loads of employability skills, helping to make you work ready:

  • Professionalism – you are taken seriously in this important role working directly with senior staff
  • Networking – you will meet new staff and see the inner workings of the University, giving you a snapshot of senior-level decision making. If it goes well, your partner may even offer you a high-quality reference!
  • Broader knowledge of a career - you will get to see what it takes to be a senior manager, and understand what it takes for them to achieve their goals and ambitions
  • Confidentiality – you will be privilege to a lot of what goes on ‘behind-the-scenes’ at the University, and trained to respect procedures
  • Time management – you decide when you can meet, so you can fit this around your other commitments
  • Reflection – by sharing your aspirations you will get some great tips from your partner for your future career
  • Confidence – feel proud that your voice and real experiences are heard by influential staff

What support is available?

You will be fully briefed before you meet your senior manager. Your manager and their personal assistant will be your first point of contact and support. We in the SU will also be on hand throughout the year to answer any questions you may have.


Don’t just take our word for it, hear from a current Student paired with Staff!

“Even though staff are very busy, we met more often than I expected. It was really enjoyable and relaxed when we were together, we hit it off at the Welcome event and it continued throughout the year. I learnt about her job and what it takes to be a manager, the different parts of the department, and how it fits with the whole Uni. I found out there are so many people and process behind every little change that is made, which then benefit all students.

“My partner was equally interested in me, and what my experiences are on my course and in my spare time too. This scheme breaks down the barrier between staff and students to just see each other as people. I wasn’t seen as just a student; I was seen as me.”

Mus, 1st Year Biology, paired with Director of Student Affairs


I absolutely think other students would benefit from this scheme, it creates a space to consider your future learning and career without the pressures of a formal interview. I do feel I understand the university better as an organisation and I can appreciate the work that goes into the running of a university, I can also see were the students voice and experiences shape this.  I was interested to understand how the university fits in with the communities of Lincoln and Julian (Senior Leadership Staff) really helped to frame my understanding of this.”

Jessica, MSc Social Work



Did you know that your participation hours can be logged as volunteer hours and contribute towards The Lincoln Award?


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