Digital Innovation Partnership: The Roles

3-way partnership between the Digital advocate, digital innovator and digital associate.


A partnership between the Digital Innovator (Staff) and the Digital Associate (Student) will develop a small digital project of around 20 hours commitment per person, that is led by a specific need in learning and teaching. The project is supported by a Digital Advocate within the department, and will benefit from ongoing support and facilitation from Leicester Learning Institute, the Library, the Career Development Service and IT Services.

Digital Advocates

Are members of staff that have a lot of experience in using digital approaches in learning and teaching. They support three partnerships each, and may be able to use this as evidence of mentoring and peer support for an application as Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy or within their Personal Development Discussion.

Digital Associates

Are students with confidence and experience in using digital tools, and learning how to use and implement new technologies. They will bring a valuable student perspective on digital practices around learning and teaching. The positions are funded, and can be used for reflection as part of the Leicester Award for employability. Students can receive a digital microcredential, known as an Openbadge, and accreditation on the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Digital Innovators

Are members of teaching staff that would like to implement a new digital practice within their teaching, and would like support and guidance on how to do so. The benefits to the Digital Innovator are that they can choose to use this expereince as part of a Fellowship of Higher Education Academy application or within their Personal Development Discussion.

All members of the partnership will be encouraged to use these projects as a basis for pedagogic presentations or publications at the University of Leicester’s Learning and Teaching Conference, in the Journal for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, or externally at conferences such as RAISE, Change Agents Network for which additional funding is available within this scheme.

Outstanding contributions will be put forward to Student Awards (May), Discovering Excellence Staff Awards (June), and staff will be signposted towards the University Distinguished Teaching Fellowship (April) or Merit Award (Feb).


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