Tag: Community engagement

Placements Revealed: Phase 2

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.

For further information contact the project lead Jackie Parkin, j.parkin@shu.ac.uk and Julie Nightingale, j.nightingale@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Summer school for students from low socio-economic backgrounds

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Department of Law and Criminology

The first stage of the project was to evaluate the feasibility of running a school based on the Third World Transition Programme (TWTP) at Browns university in the US and then run a summer school for sixth form pupils in June 2018 in partnership with HEPPSY+. Seven Law & Criminology students were employed as ambassadors for the duration. The perceived wisdom was that if we can show potential students what is on offer at university, more of them may apply (not necessarily to Hallam). The longer-term goals are to: build networks with local schools and colleges; establish regular taster events and possibly buddy system for sixth form pupils with UG students; establish potential for pre-induction orientation event; increase the social and ethnic diversity of our student population.

Informal observations highlighted that the summer school appeared to go very well, despite a major transport problem. However, it is suggested that it was a valuable experience for both sixth form students and student ambassadors.

Once the process established, it should be relatively straightforward to establish a range of summer schools with ongoing relationship development and events for sixth form pupils (with potential to include other groups).

For further information contact the project lead Tanya Miles-Berry, dstmb@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Migration, Refuge and the University Group

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities: Department of the Natural and Built Environment

This Hallam Guild group aims to champion issues around migration and migrant communities within the University. It will celebrate the contributions of international, migrant and displaced academics, researchers, students and professional staff within the Hallam community. It will also highlight the position of the University as an active participant within a global academic community. It will seek to grow the University’s stature in this role through engagement with and support for vulnerable and displaced scholars at Hallam and worldwide. Additionally, It will seek to develop resources and networks both internally and externally, to support new applied research and collaboration around themes of migration and refuge in Sheffield and globally.

The first major outcome of the group will be engagement of the University with Sheffield Refugee Week in June. The group is scheduled to run until the end of the 2019/20 academic year.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Jonathan Bridge, j.w.bridge@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Juliet Ellis, A Case Study – Role model for BAME filmmakers

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA)

Department of Media Arts & Communication (MAC)

The aim of this project was to support young people to access filmmaking courses in order to diversify the student body – which in turn can impact on retention and success. A short film documentary was made which portrays Sheffield based BAME filmmaker Juliet Ellis as a positive and accessible role model for young, BAME female filmmakers in a way that is informative and educational to all. The aim is to work with SHU feeder colleges’ media courses to show the documentary to their students and assess their aspirations before and after the screening. MA Filmmaking students in the Department of Media Arts & Communication have been involved in the production of the documentary. A version of the documentary was screened and discussed and shared with the members of the NAHEMI (http://nahemi.org/) Talking Shop symposium at Lincoln University in June 2018. Participants will be followed up at the start of the new academic year to obtain specific feedback. Other media projects where the project lead is from a BAME background have the potential to be similarly adapted into ‘role model’ initiatives. The scalability of the model is unlimited as long as there are inspirational BAME individuals to lead projects and provided there are the facilities and resources to film them.

For further information contact the project lead Colin Pons, c.pons@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

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