Manifest Diversity: African, Asian and other Minoritised Groups (AAMG) Steering Group

Who are we and what do we do?

Manifest Diversity is designed to have student leaders at the centre, supported by a multi-disciplinary team, to develop and embed a student led steering group with opportunities for co-collaboration across all elements of university life, facilitate opportunities to network, develop leadership skills, promote the student voice and an inclusive culture.

We aim to do this by:

  • Building a platform and community to give students a voice to collectively address barriers to equality. This will embed and promote multiple initiatives which will be highlighted and developed by students and for students in collaboration with multi-disciplinary staff
  • Identifying issues that affect students from African Asian or other Minoritised groups and work proactively to ensure equality of provision across all areas of university business
  • To provide a safe space for discussion – what do ‘I’ need as a student to make me feel comfortable – and opportunities to impact structural racism as a collective

Find out more about the group from our student members in this short video.

Our group aligns with the following Hallam Model principles – take a look at our Hallam Model Case Study.

Engage – our student leaders are from different areas across the university and are employed to work together, collaborate with others and training and development opportunities are a regular fixture.

Challenge – each student leader has a specific remit, but all are focused on embedding our steering group which in turn is challenging how best to address the issue of disparity in degree awarding

Collaborate – our steering group works together and our hope is to extend this opportunity for collaboration across all students.

Thrive – our student leaders are developing their confidence as they build on previous successes (our map) and deliver new opportunities across the university aimed at empowering and listening to their AAMG peers.


Our future objectives

  • To develop a blogging site to give staff and students a voice to affect department and college and university approaches towards anti-racist pedagogy and policy and practice – people will come to this for ideas – issues such as food outlets and what is on offer/ NHS access and others – trends that all minority groups face that are not recognised by the university community.
  • Guest blogs and podcasts from a range of others who will talk about their experiences of higher education and succeeding in the jobs market or further study.
  • Networking with others – giving a voice for all – not diversity and inclusion but an actual identity for African Asian and other Minoritised groups, channelled in the right way to show the diverse population that we belong – you need to recognise us and our importance as part of the wider student experience.
  • Evaluating what is helping to make change and more permanent change – not just ticking a box but what can we do to make an impact – act as a 2 way channel of communication about staff and student experiences and then what can be actively done, not lip service to those experiences

Contact us

Group Lead: Tanya Miles-Berry- T.miles-berry@shu.ac.uk

Student Lead: Hamzah Asim – b8044520@my.shu.ac.uk 

MINDFIT Running Group

Who are we?

MINDFIT is a wellbeing running group and is open to all students to help them manage their mental health. The philosophy of the group is to focus on the benefits and the joy of walking/running in nature, and is not competitive.

MINDFIT is particularly useful for those students who experience depression/anxiety/stress and combines a counselling approach with a structured ‘couch-to-5km’ programme. MINDFIT creates community and belonging for students.

MINDFIT started as a face-to-face group, but due to COVID we are currently developing this as an online offer – MINDFIT Online, which in the longer term will help us scale up this project and be able to reach and support more students, who live in different places or are on placement.

As with the face-to-face group, the online offer will offer wellbeing support and build a Sheffield Hallam running for wellbeing community using the couch to 5 model.

Our aims for MINDFIT online

– Brings and innovative approach to therapy, with a humanistic philosophy
– Increases access to therapy/wellbeing offers
– Helps harder to reach students to be active
– A combined approach where the sum is greater than parts
– Creates community
– To scale the project and reach more students during Covid and beyond, embedding good practice and widening participation

MINDFIT online aligns with the following Hallam Model principles:

Engage – provide roles for students to develop and grow – such as sports activators (plus develop as run leaders)

Challenge – Mental health is a real world problem

Thrive – helping students to thrive providing a supportive environment, psycho education and community awareness

Collaborate – Learning with others and work as a MINDFIT team supporting all participants


Achievements to date

Student Wellbeing led the first phase of the project – of 4 groups, with support from Health and Wellbeing and Psychology academic staff. Over 20 students took part with great success.

This is also a mixed methods research project and we ran 3 focus groups and carried out pre and post anxiety and depression measures. There is a report on outcomes and thematic analysis. The outcomes are very positive with themes of building a community, belonging, mastery of a goal , improved academic attainment and commitment.


Contact

Jan Gurung – j.gurung@shu.ac.uk
Senior Wellbeing Practitioner
Psychotherapist ( BACP accredited)
Student Wellbeing

Transition in, through and out of Sheffield Hallam – to support the academic, applied and professional student journey

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.

Find out more in this short video:

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

Contacts

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

Community of Inclusive Practice

Who are we?

Our vision is to build a community that is both informed and inspired to implement and promote inclusive practices and behaviours to enhance belonging, support teaching excellence and deliver an excellent experience for staff and students. We will achieve our vision by working as a community and in partnership with students and practitioners facilitating space for conversation, sharing, signposting, and developing resources.

View our vision, mission, goals and principles document.

Find out more about the Community of Practice in this video:


Our work and achievements to date include:

 

  • A week of themed events held in June 2019, which showcased innovative technology, gave opportunities to explore existing resources, best practice and toolkits whilst supporting the group in improving and developing resources. 
  • Working collaboratively to enhance existing inclusive practice resources on the Inclusive Practice site.
  • Promoting inclusive practice to other areas of the university for a more holistic approach.
  • A project from an apprenticeship student in collaboration with Academic Development and Diversity, which highlights neurodivergent staff and student experience.

Our future plans are to:

  • Recruit to and establish an online Community of Inclusive Practice
  • Host CIP Coffee sessions, to provide a safe space to share challenges and support, to build a network of experts.
  • To continue to develop the existing Inclusive Practice academic resource
  • To develop a programme of events, workshops, and resources to support our community.

These objectives align with the shaping future university strategy and the Hallam Model principles, through working as a community in partnership to promote and inspire adoption of inclusive practices to deliver an excellent experience for staff and students.

For more information about our work, please see the following resources:

We also have an MS Teams channel for sharing information, asking questions and promoting inclusive ways of working. Join the Community of Inclusive Practice MS Team.

Group main contacts

Name: Marissa Hill
Role: Head of SRAC
Email address m.hill@shu.ac.uk

Name: Jo Fleming
Role: Skills Manager
Email address j.fleming@shu.ac.uk

Name: Helen Kay
Role: Senior Lecturer (Academic Development & Inclusivity)
Email address: h.kay@shu.ac.uk