Tag: Employability

Student inspirations and aspirations: and the effect on the BAME attainment gap

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Biosciences and Chemistry

This Hallam Guild project works closely with students to determine how their inspirations to study as well as their career aspirations correlate with level 4 attainment, retention and progression.The overarching aim of this project is to reduce the BAME attainment gap by gaining a better understanding of why students choose courses to study at university and how this links to career aspirations. Mixed methodology will be used to inform key recommendations and allow university-wide interventions to be implemented. This project is forecasted to be completed by 31st July 2019.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Mel Lacey, m.lacey@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Exploring BAME students’ experiences with placements

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

This project aimed to explore BME engagement and experiences with the placement system from level 3-6. It aimed to identify the challenges students may face before and during placement and highlight what support/help can be provided to encourage students to apply for placements. The initiative strived to listen to the students and to put the students at the heart of the project.

The completed evaluation report for the project can be found here.

For further information contact the project lead Sabiyah Rafiq, sr8051@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Levelling the placement advantage

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of the Natural and Built Environment (NBE)

The aim of this project was to increase BAME attainment and employability by supporting the uptake of the placement year. To do this the department aimed to identify: the barriers for BAME students going on placement; what support we can put in place to encourage BAME student uptake of placements; if we need to put in place any additional placement support for these students.  An infographic  was produced that highlights the benefits of placements, which students can share with family members and others. In addition, there were a number of support and access issues that were raised in our survey: accessibility to employer jobs; lack of confidence; lack of support; time constraints.

The infographic uses institutional level data and can therefore be used by any department. In addition to this, each department could also add their own student comments to make it more relevant to their courses.

For further information contact the project lead Dave Gubbins, d.gubbins@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

BAME mentoring programme for Architectural Technology degree

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

The aim of this intervention was to support BAME students’ attainment through the introduction of an opt-in mentoring scheme where BAME students would be allocated professional mentors working in practice. Mentors were identified and offered to both level 4 and 5 students. The idea was that by matching students with external mentors it would help level 4 students transition into university and further support level 5 students to develop professional competencies/attitudes and focus on career development, as well as improving retention and attainment across the levels.

This project is highly replicable. The offer for the BAME mentoring could be implemented across different departments and faculties. Each department has the potential to adapt the project to better suit their own departmental needs/targets.

For further information contact the project lead Frances Robertson, f.j.robertson@shu.ac.uk


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 BAME role models who have achieved success in their careers/businesses to not only inspire and motivate students but to also help students understand key principles that contribute towards successful academic and career endeavours. The sessions will include the following:

  1. A series of guest speakers that discuss their journey of how they reached their current career stage, detailing some of the important principles/lessons they learnt along the way.
  2. A short interactive workshop will be designed to further understand student needs, encourage reflection and action and to help co-create/shape future seminars.

As project lead, Jamie has identified some positive impact this project has had on both staff and students and continues to develop the programme in order to suit the needs of prospective students.

For further information contact the project lead Jamie Caine j.caine@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Supporting International Students

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Allied Health Professions (AHP)

This Hallam Guild project aims to develop support resources for both international healthcare students on placements and the staff that support them. Through collaboration with staff and students, support resources will be developed in order to overcome cultural and communication barriers. The project has three main intentions:

-increase retention: by providing more targeted preparation for practice and addressing some of the cultural/language barriers and providing strategies for students pre-placement would give them the best opportunity and time to meet the practice standards required to pass their practice placements and hence increase retention.

-increase highly skilled employment or further study- passing practice placements successfully is essential to gaining a qualification in occupational therapy and physiotherapy which are both deemed to be highly skilled employment.

– increase student satisfaction: students will feel more supported in their practice placements and in the preparation for these and feel that their specific issues are being acknowledged and addressed by both university and practice placement staff. Lack of understanding of some of the cultural issues by practice staff can affect the quality of support perceived by students that they are receiving.

For further information contact the project lead Shirley Masterson, s.s.masterson@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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