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Help to shape innovation in your own education

Ever thought things could go better and faster at the University? Good news: this means you have an opinion and your experience makes you an expert. The project Students as Partners (StAP) needs people just like you.

Students as Partners

Students as Partners is a project in which you, the student, can propose and execute your own innovation idea to improve the learning experience. Your idea will be about innovation in education in your programme, your faculty or the entire University. How you want to achieve this is up to you. You will investigate in a team of 2 or 3 students whether your plan is feasible and you will try it out in practice in collaboration with staff members through an intervention. There will be a project budget for your intervention available.

The project

Within the theme learning experience, your project can be about anything, except about changing the content of a module. It can be about making the university more sustainable, preventing student burnout to improving students employability; anything you find important! Besides your topic, the intervention in your project is not fixed. In the project you will research which intervention suits your projects best. For your research you will use the method Action Research. This gives you the best practice-based result for your idea.


  • Improve your own learning experience
  • Training in Action Research
  • Possible publication
  • Enlarge your network
  • Compensation: Financial or ECTS *

* more info on www.universiteitleiden.nl/studentsaspartners.


The conditions of this project are that you are a student from Leiden University and you work together with staff members from the university. You do not have to execute your idea on your own. You will also receive support in developing your research and training in executing your project. In the last month of your project, you will write a recommendation report addressed to the faculty board, based on your research.

How much time you spend on the project depends on its scope and if you work in a team of two or three students. One day a week for your project is probably about right. As you are the project leader, you can determine how you divide your time. A project can at maximum take up to ten months.


From 26 August 2019 until 22 September 2019, you can sign up for Students as Partners. You can download the application form from this website.

After applying you will receive feedback before 2 October. The final deadline for submitting your project plan with the feedback is 20 October 2019.

We will let you know if you are selected on the first of November 2019. If you are selected you can start your project on 4 November 2019

More information

For more information, go to www.universiteitleiden.nl/studentsaspartners. There you will find answers on frequently asked questions, descriptions of existing StAP-projects (the pilot projects) and information about the research method Action Research that is part of the project.

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