Tag: Belonging (page 1 of 2)

Enhancing personal tutor effectiveness to increase student engagement and attainment

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

The department ‘repurposed’ and developed their APA (personal tutor) approach to one which fosters a relationship with the student that engenders belonging, identity, aspiration and visualisation, and a sense of community. From this, joint APA/student case studies will be developed. More specifically these case studies will demonstrate how they have overcome and are continuing to overcome barriers to BAME attainment and help to develop role models from BAME students and alumni. Anecdotal evidence in conjunction with course-specific data analysis also suggests that where a student-centric, individualised approach to support is taken by the course team, there are higher levels of attainment and completion. This supports the next outcome below. The department’s activity this year has spurred the development of initiatives for the new academic year.

A number of the 2018/19 initiatives are potentially transferable and scalable but they are currently still in the pilot stage.

For further information contact the project lead Ann Norton, p.a.norton@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Support and Belonging

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The aim of this project area is to increase the support opportunities and sense of belonging among BAME students. Different approaches have been adopted in different courses with examples including developing ideas for a student online support group, and promotion of Studiosity as evidence suggests that BAME students are less likely to ask for help and support.

The department highlighted BAME opportunities in examples of societies during induction.  Course leaders have promoted a BAME Sports Coaching group which has further led to Physical Education and School Sport have showing an interest in forming a group. Staff within the department were approached by students and indicated they had an interest in forming such a group.  However, so far no one has come forward to help promote/run the groups.  The department is currently working alongside another department within Health and Wellbeing who have reported similar challenges.

As of yet, this project is not yet scalable or transferable. Similar efforts made in other depts in the Faculty with the same result.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Staff Diversity

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The department aims to increase the diversity of staff delivering teaching as Associate Lecturers (ALs)/Special Visiting Lecturers (SVLs) by undertaking three strands of work:

  1. Build a network of BME potential SVLs and ALs across the Academy.
  2. Deliver “SHU Brew Seminars” given by BAME and female speakers in the Sport Business Management subject group.
  3. Increase the number of ALs/alumni events with BAME representation in the Sport Development with Coaching subject group.

The project lead is currently working with HR to find an approach which means we can build informal networks to tackle indirect discrimination.

This project is highly transferable to develop informal networks to tackle indirect discrimination.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Community of Inclusive Practice Group

Hallam Guild: Community of Inclusive Practice Group

This project aims to create a community which brings together all stakeholders to consider the shared goals and common interests of inclusion and belonging, which is built on developing sector-leading, trans-disciplinary approaches to enhancing teaching excellence and an excellent student experience. The aim is to share our practice and lessons learnt as well as encourage collaboration to create an environment where all students can engage in a way that meets their needs and feel a valued part of the University community.

The group is scheduled to run until the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

 

For further information contact the project lead Marissa Hill, m.hill@shu.ac.uk and Jo Fleming, j.fleming@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Compassion in Higher Education Group

Hallam Guild: Compassion in Higher Education Group

This Hallam Guild group aimed to support the development and sharing educational practices that support a more compassionate experience of HE for students and staff. So far, the group has organised two dates for staff workshop events. The group is scheduled to run until the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

For further information contact the project lead Cathy Malone, c.malone@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Developing and delivering mentoring and buddy systems for BAME students

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This student-led project aims to encourage a sense of belonging and self-belief in BAME students. A range of BAME mentors who work within the social/criminal justice or law area to the university have agreed to mentor Level 5 and 6 students. Students receive up to five meetings per year, whether that be face-to-face or virtual. From this, Level 5 and 6 students were also asked to be ‘buddies’ (mentors) for Level 4 students. During the inspirational week the department held a buddy event that aimed to establish buddies for Level 4 students. The mentor event in June 2018 and led by Jordan Hall was very productive and resulted in a number of decisions being made for academic year 2018/19. Case studies are currently being developed.

If this approach is shown to work, there are good grounds to roll out the intervention more widely. It should be relatively straightforward for other subject groups, departments and faculties to roll out this initiative, subject to exploration of reasons for potentially low levels of student engagement and how to tackle this.

For further information contact Tanya Miles-Berry, t.miles-berry@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Decolonising reading lists

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This action research project aimed to make reading lists in Law & Criminology more diverse and inclusive. All module leaders were asked to supply a reading list and module synopsis or enrol researchers onto Blackboard to access lists. The intended approach was to assess what percentage of titles on reading lists were authored by BAME scholars. The aim was to then recommend three additional readings from BAME scholars to module leaders who could then, assess these sources and, if approved, incorporate them into their module reading lists and lecture/seminar materials. If suggestions were deemed unsuitable (in relation to the course requirements) module leaders were encouraged to search for alternative readings authored by at least one BAME scholar.

The project is replicable. Once the method of measurement is defined then the initiative can be replicated across other departments.

For further information contact the project lead Larissa Povey, l.povey@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Enhancing sense of students belonging

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

The aim of this project is to overcome barriers in relation to students experiencing a sense of ‘belonging’ at university, via a programme of activities including: Bespoke ‘meet and greet’/networking event for all students who identify as BAME; recruitment session for ambassadors/reps/buddies/ mentors to embed and enhance BAME student voice; monthly events/talks showcasing success run in collaboration with the Student Union; improved links with city events and student union events to better communicate activities. The project has led to a number of resources and events being put into place including an interactive map of outlets within Sheffield for BAME students e.g. places of worship, halal restaurants & African-Caribbean barbers/hairdressers; pre-enrolment blogs including screencasts by HOD from BAME background; more detailed induction packs including information on how they aim to reduce the gap; improving Academic Advisors allocations; morale boosting talks by current/past SHU BAME students, staff or professionals in induction week; and an Inspirational Week held in the first week of November 2018, including input from BAME roles models.

The interactive map along with better coordinated links with the Students Union is something that is transferable across the university. Depending on whether or not the feedback is positive the programme could be a model for any area/department to develop their own offer.

For further information contact the project lead Farrah Ali

farrahali260798@gmail.com

Status: ongoing

Addressing BAME student voice

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Using graduate intern researchers, the aim of the project was to establish common understanding of BAME concerns, enable open discussion and implement measures to positively inform the Course Improvement Plans (CIPs). This included opening up discussion with known BAME student communication channels; further developing discussion with ECI students to identify specific issues/challenges/support needs; developing intelligence to inform departmental actions. The overall aim is to enhance student perceptions of belonging and togetherness. As a result of this project, the department established recommendations they believed were needed to enable not just BAME students but all students’ success at university.

Highlighted below are the priorities at a course and departmental level. These were:

  1. Decolonising curriculum: More work is required from academics to research scholars and introduce diverse text.
  2. Representation: Recruitment of more positive role models and opportunities to showcase this such as guest speakers of BAME backgrounds)
  3. Training: More cultural awareness, staff training on unconscious bias, institutional racism and acknowledgement of privilege/positionalities and how this impacts students.
  4. Promotion: A greater emphasis on promotion of opportunities within the department such as scholarships and bursaries and graduate internships.
  5. Changes: Early and timely dissemination of changes to course structures and assessments; more consideration around student experience and their feedback in regard to modules being in different rooms every week.
  6. Placement s: Continue to offer a variety of placements such as those in a non-education based setting
  7. Recruitment: More BAME representation in staff diversity whether this is academics or student support services
  8. Research: Open forums where non-BAME and BAME students can discuss issues, speak freely and as a result improve cross-racial interaction.
  9. Undergraduate to postgraduate progression: More workshops around confidence, readiness and promotion of master’s and PhDs
  10. Commuter student experience: There are a large number of commuter students within our department and we need to reconsider our view of the traditional student experience and rethink what we offer to our students.

The articulation of actions using CIPs is replicable across all courses. The initiatives identified in the CIPs provide an accessible means to communicate innovations.

For further information contact the project lead John Wrigglesworth j.wrigglesworth@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Migration, Refuge and the University Group

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities: Department of the Natural and Built Environment

This Hallam Guild group aims to champion issues around migration and migrant communities within the University. It will celebrate the contributions of international, migrant and displaced academics, researchers, students and professional staff within the Hallam community. It will also highlight the position of the University as an active participant within a global academic community. It will seek to grow the University’s stature in this role through engagement with and support for vulnerable and displaced scholars at Hallam and worldwide. Additionally, It will seek to develop resources and networks both internally and externally, to support new applied research and collaboration around themes of migration and refuge in Sheffield and globally.

The first major outcome of the group will be engagement of the University with Sheffield Refugee Week in June. The group is scheduled to run until the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Jonathan Bridge, j.w.bridge@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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