Tag: Inclusive Practices (page 1 of 2)

Enhancing extended scientific writing skills (HWB)

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Biosciences and Chemistry

This project had a working hypothesis that the BAME attainment gap within Biomedical Sciences may be partly due to BAME students having under-developed skills in extending writing.  This project aimed to investigate two areas: the underlying reasons behind any differences in extended writing skills of BAME students compared to white students; the impact of an intervention offered to all students, not just BAME, in a level 5 module. The intervention included 3 workshops that supported extended writing in coursework and exams. 

The preliminary conclusion from this study is that an intervention aimed at all students to improve extended writing skills contributes to closing the BAME attainment gap, particularly for students with English as a 2nd language, but that student engagement is a limiting factor in the effectiveness of this strategy.

The project identified that there is a Gender gap within the BAME attainment gap. It was highlighted that male students’ attainment is lower than females and that male students are less likely to attend support sessions. The department plans to continue to raise awareness among staff and further conversations will take place for positive action interventions.

The department is now repeating the project again within the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to collect more data to confirm findings in a second data set with full ethical approval to allow the data to be published. The academic skills intervention has taken place.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Caroline Dalton, c.f.dalton@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

International Study Projects

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

Using GoGlobal funding, the Department of Management piloted a study trip to Germany in the summer of 2018 to assess student’s willingness to engage in international field trips. Based on this experience the department organised an international study project to take 45 students from SBS to their partner institution in Botswana. The trip is targeted at Level 5 and 6 students who have not completed a placement. BAME students are less likely to undertake a placement than non-BAME students so this is also part of the departments efforts to help BAME students gain traction with future employers by having something distinct on their CVs. GoGlobal funding enabled the department to give priority to BAME students. 12 BAME students were successful in their applications and were offered places on the trip. However, 4 BAME students declined the offer. It is too early to assess any impact upon placement and graduate outcomes as the trip scheduled for 2019.

For further information contact the project lead Michelle Blackburn, m.blackburn@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Raise awareness of SHU-led initiatives

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The aim of this project was to expose all staff to SHU initiatives including the Race Equality Charter and the central repository of degree awarding gap projects. An update will be given to academy leadership team and all staff meetings in 2019.

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

Status: ongoing

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

Dissertation Writing Support Drop-in

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

This project aimed to reduce the BAME attainment gap in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity through writing support drop-in sessions for dissertation students. The drop-in sessions were delivered by dissertation tutors in the Academy who had previously undertaken a one-hour workshop designed to enhance their ability to support student writing. The writing workshop was delivered by an experienced TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) tutor two weeks before the first drop-in session. The outcomes of the dissertation writing drop-in sessions only served to widen the BAME/white attainment gap as only white students attended. Out of a possible 450 students, 27 attended the drop-in sessions.  All attendees were white.
However, the project had raised awareness and sparked interest in the BAME attainment gap across the Academy resulting in four more interventions being held.

This project is currently not yet replicable, transferable or scalable. More work and time are yet to be invested in order to explain the benefits of dissertation to students and to promote better engagement with the sessions by BAME students.

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

Inclusive Classroom

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

This approach was initially discussed as launching in September 2018, with level 4 students attending a timetabled seminar to help them to think about creating an inclusive classroom environment. Some courses have gone a little towards making this happen but there is further to go for 2019/20.

For further information contact the project lead Michelle Blackburn, m.blackburn@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Decolonising the Curriculum: Modules

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP)

Following the department’s Addressing Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in Curricular Practice project, staff within Sociology began to revise their teaching by adding on or re-thinking their modules. African Politics and Human Rights and Capitalism were two elective modules had been decolonised as part of this process. From this, Anjana has proposed a new core module be introduced to the curriculum for next year which will solely focus on colonialism. In addition to this, the current Graduate Development module is being re-worked. This module is a non-topic module and staff are currently in the process of thinking of more practical ways decolonisation can happen.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Anjana Raghavan a.raghavan@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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

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