Our Impact:

  • Input into Race Equality Charter & Access & Participation Plan
  • Business as usual at Sheffield Hallam University
  • External Interest
  • Business as usual at Sheffield Hallam University
  • Course  / Teaching teams
  • PhD methodology, conferences, publications


Student Response

After completing their Listening Room, the students are asked for their views on the process with the debriefing questionnaire. Students often describe taking part in the Listening Rooms as cathartic and value the time they have been able to dedicate to spending with their friend.  

‘I think it was useful because the students are the heart of university; therefore it’s vital their views are heard’

The conversation is described as open, honest, and non-invasive, giving the students the opportunity to express themselves without judgement in a safe environment. The students also recognise their ability to reflect, an important skill as they progress through University.  

‘I like that the University is interested in my opinion and gave me the opportunity to discuss ideas’

The loose structure and broad topics enable them to explore their experiences more deeply and with fewer constraints than traditional methods, such as surveys and interviews.

‘It was better than a questionnaire because you can bounce ideas off one another’

Listening Rooms is therefore seen as a positive experience, facilitated by a University that cares for its students and is dedicated to listening to their voices. The equal standing between friends and the small number of individuals in the room allows for a more balanced conversation, meaning no one is excluded or goes unheard. 

Round Table Analysis

The Listening Rooms data is analysed in a Round Table Analysis session, in a guided thematic discussion of the transcripts with appropriate stakeholders. This conversation is recorded and transcribed. Anyone can take part and make change happen (not just those with power and authority).