Taken from the Guardian website, the author is Harriet Swain.
Once, students were expected to do little more than sit in a few lectures and take notes. No longer. Not only have they become more active learners, with lectures now more likely to involve team exercises and student presentations than a monologue from a teacher, they are also increasingly being invited to offer opinions about what they are taught, how they are taught it, and even strategic decisions about how their university is run.
Some universities now include a student representative on every decision-making committee, while others involve students in curriculum design and give them the power to influence decisions on capital spending. Through student-led teaching awards, students can make clear what kind of tuition they favour, influencing how subjects are taught and potentially affecting individual academics’ promotion prospects.