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UK Engagement Survey (UKES): Findings of Sheffield Hallam’s 2014 Pilot Survey

Alan Donnelly & Dr Helen Kay
@adonnelly1990

Parallel session 2,  Short Paper 2.3

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Short Abstract
This paper will share the key findings of Sheffield Hallam’s pilot of the UK Engagement Survey (UKES) in 2014, which was co-ordinated by the Higher Education Academy. It will explore how students engage with their learning and compare the University’s results against the aggregate UK results.

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Detailed Outline
The UK Engagement Survey (UKES) is a national survey on student engagement which was first piloted by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) in 2013. The principal aim of the survey is to inform enhancements to the student experience and provide institutions with feedback on the level of effort students’ invest in a range of educational activities. The UKES is based on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is used in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Ireland.

Sheffield Hallam participated in the second year of the pilot between March and May 2014 and it was targeted at Level 5 students. Participating in the UKES allows the University’s students to have an active involvement in the enhancement of their own educational experience and “address how they themselves participate in their own learning” (HEA, 2014).

The findings indicate that Level 5 students at Sheffield Hallam are more positively engaged with their learning when compared with their peers in the sector. This paper will compare the University’s results against the UK results for several key areas of student engagement: academic integration; course challenge; collaborative learning; higher-order learning; reflective and integrative learning; skills development; and engagement with research. The paper will also explore the relationship between student engagement and attainment.

248 – An evaluation of the role of virtual support technologies in enhancing the student experience of work-related learning – Corina Bradbury

This presentation will report the findings from a Students’ as Researchers project centred around the engagement and disengagement of Level 6 Criminology students with virtual support technologies. The research aims to capture the students’ perspectives around the usefulness and applicability of the web 2.0 technologies in the form of blogs/journals, designed to aid the academic and professional development they gain from their participation in work related learning activities with various public, private and voluntary sector employers and organisations in and around South Yorkshire. Such organisations include South Yorkshire police and SOVA.

The project, funded and supported by Sheffield Hallam University “Students as Researchers scheme’, was conducted from a student-led approach by the Student Researcher, and supported and overseen by two staff members of the Criminology teaching team.

With the main researcher being a current student at the University, the objective was to obtain a clearer and more in-depth response around the students experience and attitude towards utilising these virtual technologies during their course progression. This presentation will highlight the initial qualitative findings of the project, gained from telephone interviews with two students and a focus group session with eight research participants. This will also discuss the perspective of the student researcher on her experiences and challenges involved with being in the student-researcher position.

The research findings will be used to inform improvements to the student experience and for potential future developments for the Criminology curriculum at Sheffield Hallam University.

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