Welcome to ACHIEVE, a programme of innovation, research and practice at Sheffield Hallam University concerned with not just improving, but rethinking, the student experience.
Update: July 2019
ACHIEVE was designed to support the ambitious strategy we have set ourselves to be a world-leading applied university. The programme focused on four core areas of the student experience Retention and Success – Assessment and Feedback – Enabling Inclusion and Equality and Employability. These combine with a more holistic review of the Keys-to-Success.
As this project has evolved, our key stakeholders have made real progress in implementing outcomes into ‘business as usual’. Please find below an update on all areas:
Academic Advising – At Sheffield Hallam University, students have been allocated an Academic Adviser since the original Academic Advice Framework was introduced in 2012.
The University’s Academic Advice Framework updates and replaces the former Academic and Professional Advice Framework in response to the Shaping Futures Pillar Board priorities. This revised framework supports the requirement that every student has a named Academic Adviser. The intention of the framework is to ensure a consistent approach to academic advising is taken based on staff having a common understanding of the expectations associated with the role. Take a look at our Academic Advising resource that will guide you through the Framework and provide further sources of best practice, case studies and our community network.
Assessment and Feedback – this strand is already covered by existing resources and guidance as follows:
- Assessment Essentials – academic resource which guides you through the 9 themes of the assessment and feedback framework
- Assessment 4 Students – student assessment resource which guides our students through the assessment and feedback framework
- The Course Assessment and Feedback Experience (CAFÉ) project – this supported course teams to understand the assessment and feedback practices operating across their course and highlight the student experience. This will be used to identify and implement strategic changes to assessment and feedback practices. Take a look at the CAFE resource for further details and outcomes of the project.
Employability – is a key feature of our University Strategy with a commitment to the transformation of our employability offer and the implementation of our employability promise to achieve sector leading highly skilled employment and postgraduate study outcomes for our students. Take a look at our Highly Skilled Employment resource that will guide you through the four crucial components work experience, digital skills, career readiness and graduate attributes including information on sandwich courses and employer advisory boards. Please note that this site is currently under review.
Impact and Evaluation – The ACHIEVE Impact and Evaluation Advisory group initially took a comprehensive view of the impact evaluation strategies being implemented in the ACHIEVE programme and you can read about the group aims. It supported the understanding of impact on all aspects of the student experience alongside interpreting what the outcomes mean for institutional development.
The Impact and Evaluation Advisory Group now aims to have a light-touch oversight of activities (particularly but not exclusively under Achieve in the past, and going forward it will include initiatives under the Hallam Model). We aim to confirm that evaluation is being undertaken, is effective and is independently scrutinised. Our motto is “we do not interfere”! We aim to draw together insights emerging from evaluations, to build a repository of these findings, and to ensure there is some consistency and an opportunity for our learning to feed into the planning round.
We want to ensure that we listen to the learning, building on good practice and not repeat mistakes. We are a friendly group and the meetings focus on exchanging ideas and discussing tricky evaluation issues as they emerge. Un update on key findings and next steps will be made available shortly.
Key to Success – an update on the project’s next steps will be made available shortly
Listening Rooms – an update on the project’s next steps will be made available shortly
Narrowing the Gaps – this strand is being taken forward by Elaine Buckley, Interim Assistant Dean, Academic Development, supported by Emma Robinson, Operations and Initiatives Manager and an update can be found on the Narrowing the Gaps page.
Retention and Success – an update on the project’s next steps will be made available shortly