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Dr Stuart Sims is Research and Teaching Fellow (Student Engagement) and Head of Student Engagement at the University of Winchester. His role includes oversight of co-curricular student engagement activities including Winchester Research Apprenticeship Programme (WRAP) and the Student Fellows Scheme. Stuart serves on a number of institutional committees and is Chair of the University’s Student Engagement Advisory Group. He contributes to the MA in Learning and Teaching including as module leader for ‘Practitioner Research’ and dissertation supervisor. He also edits the undergraduate journal Alfred and co-edits Winchester's Learning and Teaching Journal Capture. Until August 2017, he acted as Lead Researcher on the HEFCE-funded REACT project which supported the collaborative development of Student Engagement practices across the UK. 

Prior to joining LTD, Stuart worked as a researcher at the Welsh Institute for Social & Economic Research, Data and Methods and received his PhD from Cardiff University exploring a new application of Bowles and Gintis' correspondence theory to the role of UK universities in reproducing the economic stratification in the graduate labour market.


  • 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. 15 (3). Pp. 7-10. September 2014. Published by SEDA
  • El-Hakim, Y., King, S., Lowe, T. and Sims, S., (2016). Evaluating partnership and impact in the first year of the Winchester Student Fellows Scheme. The Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 2(1).
  • Lowe, T., Shaw, C., Sims, S., King, S. and Paddison, A., (2017). The Development of Contemporary Student Engagement Practices at the University of Winchester and Winchester Student Union, UK. International Journal for Students as Partners, 1(1).
  • Lowe, T., Dunne, E., Sims, S and Luebsen, W. (2017) Structured peer feedback between universities- Learning from the REACT project. Educational Developments. 18(1). Pp. 21-24. January 2017. Published by SEDA


  • Power, S., Sims, S. and Whitty, G. (2013) Lasting Benefits: The Long-Term Legacy of the Assisted Places Scheme for Assisted Place Holders. Sutton Trust.​


Invited and Plenary Presentations

  • Sims, S., Luesbsen, W., & Guggiari-Peel, C. (2017) Who is being reached and what do they get out of it? REACT Conference- University of Winchester
  • Dunne, E., Lowe, T., Sims, S. & Shaw, C (2016) Empowering Students as Agents of Change through Partnership. Beyond the Comfort Zone: Putting Civic Leadership at the Heart of the University Experience- Ravensbourne University
  • Lowe, T., Sims, S & Luesben, W. (2016) Enhancing Student Engagement in Learning and Teaching – Models and Case studies from the REACT Project to inspire your Practice. London Metropolitan University-Learning & Teaching Day
  • Sims, S. (2015) Pioneering New Student Engagement Models to Maximise the Student Experience. Inside Government: Enhancing the Quality of the Student Experience 2015-London.
  • Sims, S., Hutchings, B & Alison, C (2015) Developing student-led change. Students as Co-Creators Conference- University of Westminster
  • Sims, S & Shaw, C (2015) Developing and embedding student engagement at the University of Winchester. Association for Learning Technology Conference. University of Manchester
  • Sims, S & Barlow, A (2015) Scaling up and embedding staff-student partnerships at the University of Winchester. Change Agent Network conference, Birmingham
  • ​Lowe, T., Sims, S & Nixon-Davingoff, E (2015) The University of Winchester Student Fellows Scheme. Jisc Digifest, Birmingham
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