Tag: DLC

Embedding student leaders in steering group to impact the BAME

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This action research project aimed to position students as central to impacting practice and processes that may contribute to reducing the BAME/white degree attainment gap. A steering group with student members was formed to discuss desired changes to practice and process, and to develop and manage projects to completion by September 2019 in collaboration with multi-disciplinary staff members. A range of projects overseen by the new steering group are currently in development or delivery.
Final outcome data are pending mixed methods evaluation before the end of 2018. Student leaders (and the wider steering group) will take part in the evaluation process.

It should be relatively straightforward for other departments to implement this project. All that is required is a steering group with students, and for student leaders to network and share ideas with their peers in order to establish projects.

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

Status: ongoing

Attainment gap by module/mode of assessment

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This was an action research project that aimed to establish whether mode of assessment impacts the BAME attainment gap. BAME students’ grades were recorded by module and by mode of assessment. The project also included random sampling of non-BAME student profiles which helped to establish where BAME/white module attainment gaps exist, and whether attainment changed for individuals as mode of assessment changed. Current suggestions are that the BAME/white module attainment gap is less likely to emerge with practical modes of assessment than other modes. However, this is partly because the sample size was small.

This project should be relatively easy to roll out the investigation across the university. However, it is suggested that this analysis should be replicated in departments with a larger number of BAME students to see if the results mirror that of the small-scale project.

For further information contact the project lead Tanya Miles-Berry, t.miles-berry@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

Summer school for students from low socio-economic backgrounds

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of Law and Criminology

The first stage of the project was to evaluate the feasibility of running a school based on the Third World Transition Programme (TWTP) at Browns university in the US and then run a summer school for sixth form pupils in June 2018 in partnership with HEPPSY+. Seven Law & Criminology students were employed as ambassadors for the duration. The perceived wisdom was that if we can show potential students what is on offer at university, more of them may apply (not necessarily to Hallam). The longer-term goals are to: build networks with local schools and colleges; establish regular taster events and possibly buddy system for sixth form pupils with UG students; establish potential for pre-induction orientation event; increase the social and ethnic diversity of our student population.

Informal observations highlighted that the summer school appeared to go very well, despite a major transport problem. However, it is suggested that it was a valuable experience for both sixth form students and student ambassadors.

Once the process established, it should be relatively straightforward to establish a range of summer schools with ongoing relationship development and events for sixth form pupils (with potential to include other groups).

For further information contact the project lead Tanya Miles-Berry, dstmb@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Staff understanding of Public Sector Equality Duty

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of Law and Criminology

The aim was to provide information to staff to ensure they understand their obligations as they relate to the Public Sector Equality Duty. This was to enable teaching and learning materials to be developed in accordance with that duty. Information was shared via a 45-minute session developed for delivery at a departmental subject group meeting in September 2018.

If the Law & Criminology session is shown to facilitate staff knowledge and insights into the PSED, the workshop could readily be rolled out to other departments within the faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities and other faculties.

The session is scalable to a large cohort, and could be run cross-departmentally etc.

For further information contact the project lead Jamie Grace, j.grace@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Placement uptake by BAME Law and Criminology students

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of Law and Criminology

The aim was to establish a baseline as to whether students who identify as BAME take part in placement opportunities across the department. The project initially highlighted that participants were not asked to provide demographic information as part of the placement application process. Therefore, the first step for the project was to establish a robust baseline from which to identify whether there is a gap between BAME students and their white peers in applying for and/or being successful with placement opportunities. The main outcome was the recognition that demographic information had previously not been included within the placement application process. In future, demographic information will enable us to see how many students who have expressed an interest in applying for a placement do in fact go on to:
a) Apply
b) Are shortlisted
c) Are successful at interview.
This requirement for demographic information will be embedded into the application process from 2018/19 onwards

If the placement application process includes demographic information, this project could be replicated across the university for placements which are full-time across one semester. A standard application template including the minimum data requirements that could be accessed centrally would enable this to be transferable across the university thus allowing for analysis across various cohorts of students.

For further information contact the project leads Nichola Cadet (Criminology) n.cadet@shu.ac.uk & Chris Riley (Law) n.cadet@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Impact of feedback on final Dissertation grade

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law & Criminology (DLC)

The aim of this project was to explore the relationship between different components of academic feedback and academic performance.  On this basis this project looked at historical student dissertation work (the Interim Framework Report (IFR) and the final Dissertation) and evaluated the feedback staff gave. We found that BAME students tended to receive a lower mark, but the difference was within 2% of non-BAME students. However, feedback to BAME students rarely included any salutation in comparison to non-BAME students. In addition, male students were more likely to improve their mark than female students however the numbers of students were too low to evaluate this based on BAME status alone. This type of analysis could be carried out on a large scale across the University.

For further information contact the project lead Amy Musgrove a.musgrove@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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