This article introduces the basis for research relating to the management and monitoring of student expectations within a new Events Management degree. It is important to gain an understanding of the Events Management students’ expectations and backgrounds. This research offers a starting point in exploring how teaching and learning practices can accommodate student learning and satisfaction. The root of this research lies with the Student Voice Initiative (Fielding, 2004), in which students are seen as the co-producers rather than higher educational consumers. We have established a wide-reaching discourse with students regarding their expectations and experiences of the new degree programme, in order to promote better communication channels between both groups. This research is prompted by a noted evolution in the student character; ‘they are supposed to become unique, successful individuals, making their own choices and plans to accomplish autonomy’ (Harris, 2004, p.6). As educators we have a responsibility to respond to societal changes in student expectations in order to benefit their student development and experience. The methods used take particular account of the student need for autonomy and individuality through participatory activities, qualitative methods and flexibility. The aim is to reflect on current departmental practice and also to respond to and accommodate the emerging student voice. We present our plans for this co-production of research at the early stages of development
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