Tag: Student Support (page 1 of 3)

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

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

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

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

Writing Skills Group

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing: Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies

The department is revisiting a previous writing skills group to see if the re-introduction of the programme would be helpful and achievable within current resources. The successful work was published by departmental colleagues in 2014 and has had some success in the past but foundered on a lack of suitable staffing resource. Peter Nelson & Cal Weatherald (2014) Cracking the Code—An Approach to Developing Professional Writing Skills, Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33:1, 105-120, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2012.740453.

For further information contact the project lead: Dr Alison Purvis a.purvis@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

The Nursing and Midwifery Minoritised Ethnic (NAMME) group

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Nursing and Midwifery 

Within the Nursing and Midwifery department, Gary Souter established support groups for students. This included a Mature students group, a BAME students group and a Men in Nursing Together (MINT) group. Ifrah Salih took over the BAME student support group and actively recruited students for the group. This group aimed to provide students with an opportunity to talk about issues they’ve had on placement or around campus so that the department is able to gain more of an awareness of what is going on. Initial evaluation highlighted that the same students come each week and that these students are mostly postgraduate or mature students. As a result, the department is now looking at ways to grow the group and make it more appealing to all students. With that in mind, an Open Day is planned to try and recruit more students.

For further information contact the project lead Ifrah Salih, hwbis@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Placements Uncovered: Phase 1

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Health and Social Care Departments

A small cross-faculty working group was tasked with organising a staff conference related to BME attainment. On investigation, no significant academic attainment gap for health and social care students was identified, however BME students were over-represented in Fitness for Practice and Academic Misconduct cases, with a higher than expected number of placements fails on some of our programmes. In early 2018 a qualitative project was launched, “Placements Uncovered” which explored the challenges facing BME students when they undertake health and social care placements. Following ethical approval, the project team investigated via several focus groups the challenges of placements seen from the perspectives of BME students, academic staff, clinical supervisors and student union advisors. With data from 8 focus groups, the department now have an emerging picture of the barriers facing BME students and are gaining an insight into the support they require to successfully negotiate their clinical placements. While recognising the small sample involved in this qualitative work, and that some students highlighted positive placement experiences, the findings do nevertheless raise some concerns. They suggest areas for further staff development as well as the need for awareness-raising for students and placement staff.

For further information contact the project lead Jackie Parkin, j.parkin@shu.ac.uk and Julie Nightingale, j.nightingale@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Mentoring BAME students

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Service Sector Management

This Hallam Guild project aims to facilitate regular student group meetings to discuss and explore issues such as culture, faith, academic, social, physical and emotional wellbeing. This project created a supportive forum where both students and staff are able to talk about ongoing issues and barriers of lower number of Higher Education applications and completion which contribute to the attainment gap. The estimated completion date for this project is 31st July 2019.

For further information contact the project lead Jacqui McKoy-Lewens, j.mckoy-lewens@shu.ac.uk and Jaffer Idris, j.idris@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Older posts

© 2019 ACHIEVE

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑