Decolonising the Curriculum: Modules

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics (PSP) The attempt to address low attainment, achievement, recruitment and retention amongst students from “BME” heritages and backgrounds has taken place at various levels in PSP with each department striving to address its curriculum, and approaches within teaching, syllabus and content. Within…

Can Feedback Support Greater Attainment

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Department of Law and Criminology (DLC) This was an action research project that focused on improving grades through meaningful feedback. It originated out of a LEAD  projects that Amy Musgrove worked on 2017/18. Other staff members were working on similar projects and these fed back to each other…

Staff Awareness Raising and Enhanced Student Support

Sheffield Business School (SBS) Department of Service Sector Management This project focused on raising staff awareness of Hallam’s BME degree awarding gap, its implications for Department of Service Sector Management and the need to act upon the more recent data. The project set out to: Raise staff awareness of attainment gap issues (including aspects of…

Placement uptake by BAME Law and Criminology students

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities Department of Law and Criminology The aim was to establish a baseline as to whether students who identify as BAME take part in placement opportunities across the department. The project initially highlighted that participants were not asked to provide demographic information as part of the placement application process. Therefore,…

Impact of feedback on final Dissertation grade

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Department of Law & Criminology (DLC) The aim of this project was to explore the relationship between different components of academic feedback and academic performance.  On this basis this project looked at historical student dissertation work (the Interim Framework Report (IFR) and the final Dissertation) and evaluated the…

Road map to Change Event

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI) On Stephen Lawrence day (22nd April), the department held the Road map to Change Event. All undergraduate courses across the department reflected on their current attainment gap and the impact of projects and work on closing the gap. This was done…

Addressing the barriers to student uptake of placements

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts: Engineering and Maths The project was instigated in recognition of the fact that BME students do not apply for placements or are not successful in gaining placements to the same extent as non-BME students. This in turn can impact on the attainment gap. Identifying barriers and required support was…

Barriers to taking up placements

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA) Department of Computing Successful placement experiences potentially contribute to better degree outcomes. For this reason, the aim of the project was to increase the number of BME students applying for and successfully gaining work placements, by increasing and tailoring support for BME students when making their placement applications.…

Success principles for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA) Department of Computing This project sets out to co-create the support needed to address the attainment gap in degree classifications, employability and support the development of the SHU graduate attributes. This initiative draws upon BME role models who have achieved success in their careers/businesses to not only inspire…