The importance of doing ‘with’ rather than ‘to’
I subsequently ran an action research project through our local NCOP which taught research skills and co-produced questions with Year 12 students in Sussex on how their peers and communities viewed higher education. The results were fascinating, and so far away from typical responses gathered from happy sheets at parents’ evenings. I am really proud that the University of Sussex has made the principle of ‘doing with, rather than to’ such a prominent theme in its most recent Access and Participation Plan. We are planning to recruit large numbers of students to help us co-create support for success and progression. As an institution we recognise the value of our students’ insight, and I am sure that as collaborative partners, they will help us find answers to some of the hardest questions around fair access and participation.