Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)
Health and Social Care Departments
The Hallam Guild / BME project funding supported our Phase 2 ‘Placements Revealed’ project which enabled further analysis of the findings and supported the preparation of a literature review to enable comparison of our findings to previous work. While there is a lot of literature related to BAME student experience and attainment, placement experiences have been neglected in the literature. However the few studies identified (mainly from the social work field) showed many parallels with our findings, suggesting that our institutional experiences are not unique and are part of a wider issue that needs to be addressed.
The project facilitated three events which provided an opportunity to review the ‘Placements Uncovered’ findings and recommend and prioritise a series of recommendations that we can implement:
1. Two workshops in June 2019 with Social Work Practice Educators (approx 40 delegates) introduced the Phase 1 findings, and then explored the relative merits of potential solutions including role models, role champions, support groups and information resources.
2. A BAME Stakeholder Group was brought together to explore both the literature review preliminary findings and the potential solutions. This invited group attempted to be inclusive of a range of views, including:
academic link lecturers, a BME support group leader, a student union advisor, a service user representative, an equalities champion, a research assistant, a BAME PhD student and a student researcher (also university BAME PhD representative). A nominal group technique was used to enable the group to prioritise their recommendations.
3. A BAME Student Stakeholder group will be held in autumn 2019 to enable the student perspectives to be captured. This will also include nominal group technique to encourage all voices to be heard and all options to be considered and prioritised.