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Biography

Tom is the Manager of the University's Centre for Student Engagement and Secretary for the international network RAISE (Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement). Tom is the programme leader for the PG Cert in Student Engagement in Higher Education, working at the cutting edge of Student Engagement and Students as Partners in International Higher Education.

Tom is an expert in the practicalities surrounding Student Engagement, as well as student involvement in University processes. He has experience working with over 20 HEIs from across the UK.

Prior to August 2017, Tom was the Project Manager for REACT (Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation), where he facilitated collaborative development between 16 universities on the subject of Student Engagement in educational developments. Before REACT, Tom was Vice President, Education at Winchester Student Union, representing the students of the University of Winchester. During his time as Vice President, Tom gained a particular passion for Student Engagement, revamping the Student Academic Representative system and starting up the Winchester Student Fellows Scheme.

Higher Eduction Teaching Qualification: Higher Education Academy Fellowship (FHEA)

Publications

Lowe, T. (2018) Data Analytics – A critique of the appropriation of a new measure of ‘Student Engagement’. Student Engagement in Higher Education Journal. Vol 2 (1). ISSN: 2399-1836. 

Lowe, T., Humprey, O. (2018) A Platform for Partnership: A Technology Review of the Padlet sharing platform. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 4 (1).  ISSN: 2055-4990.

Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S., Luebsen, W., Guggiari-Peel, C. (2017) Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation: An Introduction to the REACT Programme. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1).  ISSN: 2055-4990.

Lowe, T., Dunne, E. (2017) Setting the Scene for the REACT Programme: Aims, Challenges and the Way Ahead.  Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1).  ISSN 2055-4990.

Dunne, E., Lowe, T. (2017) The REACT Collaborative Development Programme: Bringing Universities Together to Enhance Student Engagement Activities for the ‘Hard to Reach’. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1).  ISSN: 2055-4990.

Humphrey, O., Lowe, T. (2017) Exploring how a ‘Sense of Belonging’ is facilitated at different stages of the student journey in Higher Education. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 3 (1).  ISSN: 2055-4990.

Lowe, T., Dunne, E., Luebsen, W. & Sims, S. (2017). Structuralised Peer Feedback between Universities – A Case Study from the REACT Project. Educational Developments. Published by SEDA.

Lowe, T., Shaw, C., Sims, S., King, S. & Paddison, A. (2017). The Development of Contemporary Student Engagement Practices at the University of Winchester. International Journal of Students as Partners. Vol. 1(1).  ISSN

Shaw, C. & Lowe, T. (2017). The Student Participation Map: A tool to map student participations, engagements, opportunities and extra-curricular activities across a Higher Education Institution. Solent Learning and Teaching Journal. ISSN 23399-701X

Lowe, T. (2016). A Holistic Approach on Student Engagement Activity. Improving University Teaching. Retrieved from: http://www.iutconference.com/conference-program/plenary-speaker-bios/tom-lowe/ (Accessed 29th April 2016).

El Hakim, Y., King, S., Lowe, T & Sims, S. (2016) Evaluating partnership and impact in the first year of the Student Fellows Scheme. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change. Vol 2 (1). ISSN: 2055-4990.

Sims, S., Lowe T., Barnes, G. & Hutber, L. (2014) The Student Fellows Scheme: A partnership between the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union. Educational Developments. Vol 15 (3) pp. 7-10. Published by SEDA.

Conferences

Lowe, T., Islam, M., Putting the Student Participation Map into Practice: A report from the University of Winchester’s Get Involved project to holistically increase student engagement across departments – RAISE Annual Conference 2018: Working Better Together; Collaborations in Student Engagement (Sheffield, 7th September 2018).

Lowe, T., Lost in Translations: An exploration of student perceptions of employability skills gained in Higher Education and the impact of a translation exercise to raise awareness, aspiration and adaptability – RAISE Annual Conference 2018: Working Better Together; Collaborations in Student Engagement (Sheffield, 6th September 2018).

Lowe, T., Moxey, M., Exploring the recipe for celebrating student success... – Retention & Achievement Conference 2018 (Southampton, 19th June 2018).

Lowe, T., Curran, R., Students as partners: improving student engagement – UUK Student Retention and Attainment Conference (London, 12th June 2018).

Moore, A., Lowe, T., “Is it worth my time?” An explorative study to investigate the hooks, barriers and considerations of students when committing time to an extracurricular activity – The Winchester Student Fellows Conference 2018 (Winchester, 18th May 2018).

Lowe, T., Islam, M., Mellor, T., A ‘One-Stop-Shop’ to enhance the Student Experience through active communication of extra-curricular and co-curricular opportunities – SEDA Spring Learning and Teaching Conference – Understanding and improving the student experience: making a real difference in the new age of metrics (Leeds, 10th May 2018).

Islam, M., Lowe, T., Jones, G., Exploring ‘Sense of Belonging’ – Muslim Students at the University of Winchester – Change Agent Network Conference – Championing Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change (Winchester, 20th April 2018).

Forsyth, R., Walker, S., Lowe, T., Publishing your work on student partnership – Change Agent Network Conference – Championing Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change (Winchester, 20th April 2018).

Bols, A., Lowe, T., Measure Student Engagement and Improve Experience – Improving Student Experience and Engagement Conference, ModernGov (London, 21st March 2018).

Lowe, T., Practicalities and Options: Implementing Students as Partners/Student Engagement Activities at a Higher Education Institution – University College Dublin Students as Partners Roundtable (Dublin, 20th October 2017).

Lowe, T., Forsyth, R., Hamshire, C., Bryson, C., RAISEing to New Heights: Expanding the International Network for Students as Partners and Wider Student Engagement – International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference – Reaching New Heights (Calgary, 14th October 2017).

Lowe, T., Humphrey, O., Venturing into the Valley of Mysteries: Going Back and Exploring What Leads to Students’ ‘Sense of Belonging’ in Higher Education – International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Annual Conference – Reaching New Heights (Calgary, 14th October 2017).

Keynote – Lowe, T., An All Encompassing Perspective of Student Engagement across the University & Student Journey – The University of Bedfordshire DLHE and NSS Workshop (Luton, 21st September 2017).

Lowe, T., Humphrey, O., Revelations and New Perspectives – Investigating what types of Student Engagement contribute to a ‘Sense of Belonging’ and to what extent for students at the University of Winchester? – RAISE Annual Conference 2017: Perspectives on Student Engagement; Looking Forward, Thinking Back (Manchester, 6th September 2017).

Lowe, T., Elkington, S. Researching, Advancing and Inspiring Student Engagement in Higher Education: The RAISE Network and the Evolution Student Engagement. – HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight (Manchester, 5th July 2017).

Lowe, T., Sims, S. The REACT Project: Outcomes and Challenges of working on a cross-institution project engaging the ‘Hard-to-Reach’ in Student Engagement. – HEA Annual Conference 2017 Generation TEF: Teaching in the Spotlight (Manchester, 5th July 2017).

Humphrey O., Lowe, T. Investigating what factors of Engagement lead to a ‘Sense of Belonging’ and to what extent for students at the University of Winchester. – The Winchester Student Fellows Conference 2017 (Winchester, 19th May 2017).

Keynote – Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Shaw, T. Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation: An Introduction – REACT Conference 2017: Reacting to the Hard to Reach through Student Engagement Initiatives (Winchester, 2nd May 2017).

Guggiari-Peel, C., Alison, C., Lowe, T.  A report from the REACT project - A collaboration of 15 Universities working in Student Engagement. – Change Agent Network 2017: Support Effective Partnerships (Exeter, 20th April 2017).

Lowe, T., Hancock, J.  Reacting to the hard-to-reach through Student Engagement Initiatives. – Enhancing Student Engagement Conference (London, 1st February 2017).

Luebsen, W. & Lowe, T. Peer Mentoring as means to tackle retention, attainment and enhance the student experience. Sheffield Hallam University BME Attainment Gap Conference (Sheffield, 29th November 2016).

Bryson, C., Lowe, T. & Hamshire, C. Working better together – the story of the RAISE Network. ISSOTL – Stories of the Scholarship of Learning and Teaching (Los Angelis, 14th October 2016).

Dunne, E., Shaw, C., Lowe, T. & Sims, S. Empowering Students as Agents of Change through Partnership – Case Studies of Practice from the Universities of Exeter and Winchester. Beyond the Comfort Zone – Putting Civic Leadership at the Heart of the University Experience (London, 22nd September 2016).

Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S., Harvey, F., Bryson, C., Mooney, P., Irwin, J., Wren, B., Harris, D., Beniston, J., LeBihan, J., Marie, J., Walker, S., Reaching out to the ‘hard-to-reach’: Experiences from nine Universities Involved in the REACT ‘Collaborative Development Programme’. RAISE 2016 Conference – ‘Excellence’ in Student Engagement (Loughborough, 9th September 2016).

Keynote – Lowe, T., What is ‘Excellence in Student Engagement’? RAISE 2016 Conference – ‘Excellence’ in Student Engagement (Loughborough, 8th September 2016).

Lowe, T., The Practice of Contemporary ‘Student Engagement in Educational Developments’ and its Development at the University of Winchester. International Conference on Improving University Teaching (Durham, 15 July 2016).

Keynote – Lowe, T., Dunne, E., Investigating the benefits of Student Engagement for ‘hard-to-reach’ students. Teaching Excellence Framework: Raising Quality Standards, Open Forum Events (Manchester, 14th July 2016).

Keynote – Lowe, T., An Holistic Perspective on Student Engagement Activity. International Conference on Improving University Teaching (Durham, 14th July 2016).

Luebsen, W., Lowe, T., Sims, S. Enhancing Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching – Models and Case Studies from the REACT Project to Inspire your Practice. London Metropolitan University Learning and Teaching Conference (London, 5th July 2016).

Lowe, T., Shaw, C. Mapping student engagement opportunities and activities as a whole university. Solent Learning and Teaching Community Conference 2016 (Southampton, 24th June 2016).

Shaw, C., Lowe, T. Enhancing Perspectives on Student Engagement Activities on Campus. University of Derby Academic Development Day (Derby, 17th June 2016).

Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S. & Jones-Devitt, S., The REACT Project: Perspectives on enhancing inclusive approaches to Student Engagement, Jisc Change Agents’ Network – National Meet Up (Lincoln, 2nd June 2016).

Wait, R., Shaw, C. & Lowe, T. Making Student Engagement a Reality. QAA Evolving Student Engagement (Manchester, 17th May 2016).

Keynote – Lowe, T., The Significance of Staff-Student Engagement Partnerships. The University of Westminster Students as Co-Creators Awards Ceremony (London, 6th April 2016).

Lowe, T. & Dunne, E., Exploring perspectives of the ‘hard-to-reach’ in relation to Student Engagement. ALDinHE 2016: The Learning Development Conference (Edinburgh, 22nd March 2016).

Lowe, T., An introduction to Realising Engagement through Active Culture Transformation (REACT). Wise Wales Course Representative Conference (Swansea, 3rd February 2016).

Lowe, T., Shaw, C., Vision and practice; building partnership approaches in Student Engagement at the University of Winchester. Open University Putting Students First: Student Engagement Conference (Milton Keynes, 23rd November 2015).

Lowe, T., Shaw, C., Enhanced Collaboration: Inspiring Students to be Agents of Change. Wise Wales Partnership for Wales Conference 2015 (Swansea, 6th June 2015).

Lowe, T., Shaw, C., Students engaging with ‘Student Engagement’ A Change of Perspective at Winchester Student Union. Jisc Change Agent Network Conference (Birmingham, March 18th 2015).

Keynote – Sims, S., Lowe, T., Staff-Student Partnership approaches at Winchester and Beyond… Student Fellows Scheme Conference (Winchester, 11th March 2015).

Lowe, T., Sims, S., Nixon-Davingoff, E.,Student-staff partnership working to effect institutional change. Jisc Digifest Conference (Birmingham, 9th March 2015).

Lowe, T., Learning from the Student-Led Teaching Awards. Guild HE/NUS Joint Event (London, 15th September 2014).

Lowe, T., Sims, S., A Critical Evaluation of the Winchester Student Fellows Scheme’s Staff-Student Partnerships. RAISE Student Engagement: Opportunities for All (Manchester, 12th September 2014).

Sims, S., Lowe, T., Hutber, L., Barnes, G.,The Student Fellows Scheme. SEDA Spring Teaching, Learning and Assessment Conference (Newcastle, 6th May 2014).

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