Working Group on Student Engagement


This Working Group aims at:

  • defining a set of values around student engagement: what do we mean if we talk about student engagement, and what are the benefits, and for whom?
  • developing a toolkit for engaging and working with students in an inclusive way (tips & tricks, good practices);
  • meeting annually as part of the Universeum Network Meeting.



  • Online roundtable on Collections-based learning during COVID-19

As university museums faced lockdown and strict social distancing measures, collections staff had to rapidly rethink their educational practices to adapt to the new circumstances.

The roundtable brought examples of collections-based learning during lockdown, alongside the challenges, hopes and concerns to resume museum work after the pandemic.

Resource List:

  • Workshop at the 2019 Universeum Network Meeting in Brno, Czech Republic

This Working Group session had two key aims.
The first was to allow members to share their experiences.
This was a full group activity meant to provide a safe space for discussing both successes and challenges that members faced over the year.

The second was to establish a set of values for student engagement with university collections, including the ethics and roles of student volunteers and interns.
This was done in smaller breakout groups that came together at the end of the session to exchange ideas.

The collaborative discussion was written up as a document of key values and related practices that could be used by members, including for advocacy by members within their institutions

  • Workshop at the 2018 Universeum Network Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland

During this first meeting the Working Group started by sharing experiences and ideas about student engagement and came up with some important aspects that underlie the value of student engagement and some examples of best practice. Furthermore the objectives of the Working Group  were discussed.
Read the report




  • Ana Baeza Ruiz, Middlesex University, UK
  • Annelies Van de Ven, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium


  • Esther Boeles, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Marlen Mouliou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece
  • Neil Curtis, University of Aberdeen, Scotland


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