About the programme

Co-developed by RCSI Bahrain students and staff, the StEP programme aims to promote and implement a culture of partnership and inclusivity, where the expertise and perspectives of both staff and students are equally valued. Included in the RCSI StEP framework are the guiding principles that RCSI considers to be best 'PRACTICE' for the student engagement and partnership programme:

  • Professional: A partnership built on mutual respect, individual responsibility and appropriate accountability.
  • Reciprocal: Both students and staff work with each other and benefit from each other’s expertise and perspectives.
  • Authentic: Equal recognition of the value and expertise that students and staff bring.
  • Community: A sense of belonging between partners and the wider RCSI community.
  • Trust: Open and honest dialogue with all discussions treated with fairness and respect.
  • Inclusive: All perspectives, talents and experiences are welcomed and embraced.
  • Collaborative: Students and staff benefit and grow from one another's experience.
  • Empowering: Partnerships in which power is shared appropriately to effect positive change.

The StEP programme is scaffolded around a framework of four domains:

  • StEP in Institutional Management
  • StEP in the Academic Research Community
  • StEP in the Local Community and the Social Environment
  • StEP in Teaching and Assessment

  • Publications

    The Student Engagement and Partnership Agreement defines how students and staff can work in partnership to shape and develop our education, research and community engagement programmes. The StEP programme is underpinned by the RCSI Strategic Plan, which outlines RCSI’s ongoing commitment to student engagement and highlights priority partnership areas.

StEP Projects AY 21 22

Institutional Management

  • Developing a S2S mentorship programme
  • Amplifying the student voice across the university
  • Establishment of a Student Leadership programme
  • Embedding Mindfulness within organizational cultural

Academic Research Community

  • Research Faculty Directory (research project database) student driven project
  • mmunity & Social Environment
  • Digital Hub for all Student Services, Events, Sports & Recreation
  • Interprofessional Class Representative Platform
  • Creation of a Community Engagement and Service committee
  • Promotion of the role of Student Council Community Engagement Representative
  • New Community Engagement week: both staff and students as stakeholders

Teaching and Assessment

  • Creation of Learning Community identities
  • Closing the loop on student feedback
  • Simulation to improve professionalism
  • Review of Foundation Year TCAL module