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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

April 5, 2011

Birmingham City University leaders returning to Northwest to continue collaboration on student employment

MARYVILLE, Mo. - A contingent of leaders from Birmingham City University in the United Kingdom will return to Northwest Missouri State University this week, continuing a collaboration focused on student employment. 

Birmingham City officials will meet with a variety of Northwest staff members, faculty and student employees for a series of panel discussions Thursday and Friday.

Media are invited to attend a presentation of Birmingham City's award-winning program for outstanding support for students, "Student Academic Partners Scheme," at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April, 8, in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom. A news conference with Northwest and Birmingham City officials will begin afterward at 4:30 p.m.

"We are very excited and honored to be hosting Birmingham City University for a return visit to Northwest," said Paula McLain, coordinator of student employment. "Northwest has built a very meaningful relationship with Birmingham over the past year. The opportunity to collaborate has allowed us to reflect on our student employment program, while also learning new initiatives as they share information about their programs. This has been an invaluable and enriching experience for all involved at Northwest."

In November 2009, Birmingham City University and Birmingham City Students' Union launched the Student Academic Partners (SAP) scheme. The SAP scheme aims to integrate students into the teaching and pedagogic research communities of faculty as a way to develop collaboration between students and staff, generating a sense of ownership and pride in the institution and its programs.

The SAP scheme also offers an opportunity for paid employment, of up to 125 hours of work, to enable students to work with faculty and staff to strengthen the learning and teaching development of the Birmingham City University. The scheme invites students and staff to identify educational development projects in which a student will play an active role.

Four representatives of Birmingham City visited Northwest in January 2010 to gain an understanding of Northwest's student employment program and observe student workers firsthand. Three Northwest students and Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Mary Throener subsequently visited the United Kingdom in July 2010 to collaborate with representatives from Birmingham City and Copenhagen Business School about the benefits of student engagement and integration into the University tapestry.

At Northwest, about 900 students are employed in administrative and support staff offices as well as academic departments throughout the campus. Northwest's student employment program allows students to earn money while they explore and affirm career choices and gain critical skills that improve their marketability for professional employment.

For more information about Northwest's student employment program, go to:

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468