Tag: Academic Misconduct

Placements Uncovered: Phase 1

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Health and Social Care Departments

A small cross-faculty working group was tasked with organising a staff conference related to BME attainment. On investigation, no significant academic attainment gap for health and social care students was identified, however BME students were over-represented in Fitness for Practice and Academic Misconduct cases, with a higher than expected number of placements fails on some of our programmes. In early 2018 a qualitative project was launched, “Placements Uncovered” which explored the challenges facing BME students when they undertake health and social care placements. Following ethical approval, the project team investigated via several focus groups the challenges of placements seen from the perspectives of BME students, academic staff, clinical supervisors and student union advisors. With data from 8 focus groups, the department now have an emerging picture of the barriers facing BME students and are gaining an insight into the support they require to successfully negotiate their clinical placements. While recognising the small sample involved in this qualitative work, and that some students highlighted positive placement experiences, the findings do nevertheless raise some concerns. They suggest areas for further staff development as well as the need for awareness-raising for students and placement staff.

For further information contact the project lead Jackie Parkin, j.parkin@shu.ac.uk and Julie Nightingale, j.nightingale@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

HWB BAME Working Group

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

The BAME Working Group is a group within the HWB faculty that meets every six weeks to discuss key actions in relation to BAME attainment. The group has two specific responsibilities: explore the use of enabling language in assessment briefs and other types of key information and communication to students; undertake a review and analysis to address the over-representation of BAME students in cases of Academic Misconduct and Fitness to Practise. The overall role of the group is that it is an enabler, which supports the range of BAME thematic work across the Faculty. The project aims to have a reduction of the average BAME attainment gap across the faculty of Health and Wellbeing. However, this data is still pending.

The terms of reference and model of the cross-faculty working group could easily be shared with other faculties.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Alison Purvis, a.purvis@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Academic integrity and academic conduct and the BAME attainment gap

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

This project aimed to reduce the number of proven cases of academic misconduct by BAME students within the Health and Wellbeing faculty. Alongside this, the department also wanted to have a consequent positive impact on achievement and retention. The aim was to reduce the incidence of proven cases of academic misconduct among BAME students as a percentage of enrolled students by the end of the 2017/18 session. Interim evidence indicates that many BAME students are now being referred to the academic concerns process, and not issued a sanction as a result.

This work is highly replicable and transferable as it links to the new Academic Conduct Regulation, which is university-wide. In addition, the evidence indicates that the issues are sector-wide.

For further information contact the project lead John Freeman, J.P.Freeman@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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