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Academic Language and Literacy Group

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Two seminar sessions were delivered by the Academic Language & Literacy Group (ALL) to all Level 4 BA Education Studies students. The sessions were based on priorities identified through consultation with course and module leaders and analysis of previous students’ assignments. These sessions were implemented through the ‘Language and Learning’ module with the aim of narrowing the degree awarding gap.

For further information contact the project lead Manny Madriaga, m.madriaga@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Supporting BAME student teachers through enhanced placement allocation and mentoring support

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Teacher Education (TEd)

Through a combination of mentoring and tailored placement allocation/advice, the project aimed to encourage reduce the time taken to complete placements and/or interrupt or withdraw from their placements. This was done through the implementation of two interventions: a mentoring scheme and a placement allocation and selection. The project outcomes have resulted in the department’s Placement Policy being updated. A number of changes have been made in order to better support BAME students whilst on placement, e.g. early visits, rapid evaluations. In addition to this, a BAME mentoring scheme for BA teacher educations routes has been implemented from September 2018.

Placement policy changes are replicable and compliant with the new general equality duty which was introduced in April 2011.

For further information contact the project lead David Owen, d.h.owen@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

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

Addressing Inclusivity, Equality and Diversity in Curricular Practice

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP)

The project had four main strands:

1.cultural/diversity critical awareness and reflection for staff (delivered through pilot workshops);
2. decolonising pedagogical practice (through upcoming curriculum review of reading lists, teaching methods etc);
3.review of marketing materials and practices (to increase BAME recruitment; centre a commitment to equality;
4. inclusiveness and representation); placement experiences (review of practice guidelines and student feedback forms).

The project raised staff awareness of issues facing BAME students. It has highlighted how staff need to review and, where necessary, revise their approach to the curriculum in the interests of making it more inclusive and to capture diverse voices. The Department has made a commitment to a thorough critical review of practice over the medium to long term.

It is hoped that the approach to curriculum development work in PSP will be transferable. Although the content of the curricula differs across subject groups, it should still be possible to identify the process, approach and key questions raised in reviewing curricula.

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

Status: ongoing

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:

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

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