Alan Donnelly & Dr Helen Kay
Parallel session 2, Short Paper 2.3
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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.
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.