Extended Induction- Pre-Arrival & Welcome Week Induction Activities – Supporting Transition

Who are we?

The group leads on the design, development and implementation of generic transition models to support Sheffield Hallam students in, through and out of higher education that can be adopted by any discipline area. The models are aligned to the Shaping Futures strategy and support the Highly Skilled Employment (HSE) ambition.

The pre-arrival on-line transition model, which is the first in this series, has been developed and evaluated.  It is now part of the University’s Welcome Week offer and has been adopted by 40 course areas.  A transition model toolkit has also been developed to support the academic community and the model has been featured as a Hallam Model case study.

Future Plans

The group plans to create transition models to support student to move between academic year levels. The focus of each model will be to assist the learner build on their learning, especially from their HSE module from year to year.  The authentic nature of these HSE modules and the Transition Models align to the Hallam Model principles in supporting learners to:

  • Engage – learn beyond the University in work-experience opportunities
  • Challenge – applying theory to real-world issues.
  • Collaborate – externally with employers, with course peers and cross-discipline opportunities and the local community
  • Thrive – personally & professionally to meet future aspirations


Group lead: Charmaine Myers  email: c.e.myers@shu.ac.uk

Ethics IR

Who are we? 

Ethics IR aims to:

Increase awareness and understanding of ethical principles involved in designing and conducting institutional research/evaluation at Hallam, especially work with students.

Upscale established good practices already developed by the EthicsIR Group.

Establish Hallam as sector leading in its ethical vision and praxis of institutional research/evaluation.

Ethics IR aligns with the Hallam Model principles by providing a space for staff and students to challenge their own ethical practices.  EthicsIR positions institutional research and evaluation as a collaborative endeavour, utilising the Student Voice Principles to positions students as partners rather than subjects in data collection.


Our objectives are:

  • To provide Introductory and Advanced Webinars for staff and students
  • To discuss and deconstruct ‘Ethical Dilemmas’
  • To support ethical approval of institutional research/evaluation (especially work involving students)


Group main contacts
Dr Liz Austen: Head of Evaluation and Research
Liz Sturge: Researcher, Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union


Resource links
*Institutional research (IR) at Hallam is defined as:
“a term which describes evidence driven approaches to decision making within organisations. Effective IR requires strategically relevant sources of reliable data which are embedded within the organisation. IR therefore includes research or evaluation conducted by staff or students on their own organisation”
(Austen 2018).

You can also access a Frequently Asked Questions document.

More information about the role and activity of STEER (Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research can be found here https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/steer/

More information on the research activity of the Student union can be found here https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/representation/research/

You can also follow us on Twitter @EthicsIR

Sheffield Hallam User Experience Network (SHUX)

Who are we? 

The group focuses on user experience (UX), a conceptual approach and set of techniques to find out the needs of service users and help us change our ways of working to support them as best we can.  SHUX provides a forum for sharing methodology and findings within this area of interest, giving staff and students an opportunity to learn about user-centred design and the many benefits of involving users in service evaluation.  In this context, service users are mostly students but can also be staff and other groups, such as prospective students, alumni, and members of the public.

SHUX aligns with the following Hallam Model principles:

Engage – students can become involved with the group as volunteer participants in user experience studies conducted by staff or students, or conduct UX activities themselves with the guidance of staff who have some experience of the methodology.  UX is a highly marketable skill set and being familiar with the principles will certainly improve a graduate’s employment prospects.

Challenge – user experience is evidence-based practice and, in learning UX approaches, a student will gain experience of considering other people’s viewpoints alongside their own, even (and indeed especially) when service users are bringing quite a different perspective from theirs.

Collaborate – SHUX provides opportunities for students to work with people on other courses, whom they might never meet otherwise, which promotes interdisciplinary knowledge sharing and heterogeneity of opinion.


Our aims and objectives

The objectives of SHUX are to develop skills and build knowledge amongst staff and students, promote a set of approaches to maximise end user input into how the University, and serve as a community of practice around user experience.  The group does not belong to any single team or service area in the University.  It is a member-led network that relies on active participation in order to continue and, as such, can adapt to changing interests and institutional and sector contexts while keeping to these core aims.


Contact us 

If you would like to find out more about the group or have any specific questions, please email our mailing list at shux@jiscmail.ac.uk and our existing members will get back to you.  If you want to become part of the SHUX community, you can subscribe to the list.