Tag: NBE

Levelling the placement advantage

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of the Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

The aim of this project was to increase BAME attainment and employability by supporting the uptake of the placement year. To do this the department aimed to identify: the barriers for BAME students going on placement; what support we can put in place to encourage BAME student uptake of placements; if we need to put in place any additional placement support for these students.  An infographic  was produced that highlights the benefits of placements, which students can share with family members and others. In addition, there were a number of support and access issues that were raised in our survey: accessibility to employer jobs; lack of confidence; lack of support; time constraints.

The infographic uses institutional level data and can therefore be used by any department. In addition to this, each department could also add their own student comments to make it more relevant to their courses.

For further information contact the project lead Dave Gubbins, d.gubbins@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: completed

BAME mentoring programme for Architectural Technology degree

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

The aim of this intervention was to support BAME students’ attainment through the introduction of an opt-in mentoring scheme where BAME students would be allocated professional mentors working in practice. Mentors were identified and offered to both level 4 and 5 students. The idea was that by matching students with external mentors it would help level 4 students transition into university and further support level 5 students to develop professional competencies/attitudes and focus on career development, as well as improving retention and attainment across the levels.

This project is highly replicable. The offer for the BAME mentoring could be implemented across different departments and faculties. Each department has the potential to adapt the project to better suit their own departmental needs/targets.

For further information contact the project lead Frances Robertson, f.j.robertson@shu.ac.uk


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