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Assessment brief and marking grid

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Allied Health Professions

The project was prioritised for Levels 4 and Level 7. Students were engaged in the discussion at an early stage in the process. The project has been delivered with the support of the assessment leads and a number of workshops were held with staff to engage them with the changes and to gain feedback.

For further information about this project please contact the project lead, Colette Fegan c.m.fegan@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Enhancing extended scientific writing skills (HWB)

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Biosciences and Chemistry

This project had a working hypothesis that the BAME attainment gap within Biomedical Sciences may be partly due to BAME students having under-developed skills in extending writing.  This project aimed to investigate two areas: the underlying reasons behind any differences in extended writing skills of BAME students compared to white students; the impact of an intervention offered to all students, not just BAME, in a level 5 module. The intervention included 3 workshops that supported extended writing in coursework and exams. 

The preliminary conclusion from this study is that an intervention aimed at all students to improve extended writing skills contributes to closing the BAME attainment gap, particularly for students with English as a 2nd language, but that student engagement is a limiting factor in the effectiveness of this strategy.

The project identified that there is a Gender gap within the BAME attainment gap. It was highlighted that male students’ attainment is lower than females and that male students are less likely to attend support sessions. The department plans to continue to raise awareness among staff and further conversations will take place for positive action interventions.

The department is now repeating the project again within the 2018/19 academic year. The purpose of this is to collect more data to confirm findings in a second data set with full ethical approval to allow the data to be published. The academic skills intervention has taken place.

For further information contact the project lead Dr Caroline Dalton, c.f.dalton@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Raise awareness of SHU-led initiatives

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The aim of this project was to expose all staff to SHU initiatives including the Race Equality Charter and the central repository of degree awarding gap projects. An update will be given to academy leadership team and all staff meetings in 2019.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Challenging Whiteness in the Curriculum

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity

The aim of this work is to raise awareness of a need to implement changes to the curriculum or to pedagogy to help decolonise the curriculum. At all staff meetings discussions of how this was possible took place and staff had the opportunity to take part in networking opportunities both on social media and physical networks. Within these meetings the status of the awareness of the BAME attainment gap was considered and staff agreed that this had improved since attending a workshop presentation by Jacqueline Stevenson (Hallam Guild) or Abdullah Okud (former SHU SU President). In addition, course leaders chose to open up a discussion at the Departmental Board on a need to Narrow the Gap.  A number of staff have actively engaged with Amanda (project lead) about the changes they are making in order to de-colonise their curriculums.

Upon reflection of the initial stages of the project it has been noted that the awareness of the need to Narrow the Gap is certainly higher now than a year ago as evidenced by the fact that all staff attended a workshop presentation by Jacqueline Stevenson (Hallam Guild) or Abdullah Okud (former SHU SU President). In addition, Course Leaderss chose to open up a discussion at the Departmental Board on a need to Narrow the Gap. A number of staff have emailed me or dropped by the talk to me about changes they have made or plan to make to the curriculum.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Support and Belonging

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The aim of this project area is to increase the support opportunities and sense of belonging among BAME students. Different approaches have been adopted in different courses with examples including developing ideas for a student online support group, and promotion of Studiosity as evidence suggests that BAME students are less likely to ask for help and support.

The department highlighted BAME opportunities in examples of societies during induction.  Course leaders have promoted a BAME Sports Coaching group which has further led to Physical Education and School Sport have showing an interest in forming a group. Staff within the department were approached by students and indicated they had an interest in forming such a group.  However, so far no one has come forward to help promote/run the groups.  The department is currently working alongside another department within Health and Wellbeing who have reported similar challenges.

As of yet, this project is not yet scalable or transferable. Similar efforts made in other depts in the Faculty with the same result.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Staff Diversity

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

The department aims to increase the diversity of staff delivering teaching as Associate Lecturers (ALs)/Special Visiting Lecturers (SVLs) by undertaking three strands of work:

  1. Build a network of BME potential SVLs and ALs across the Academy.
  2. Deliver “SHU Brew Seminars” given by BAME and female speakers in the Sport Business Management subject group.
  3. Increase the number of ALs/alumni events with BAME representation in the Sport Development with Coaching subject group.

The project lead is currently working with HR to find an approach which means we can build informal networks to tackle indirect discrimination.

This project is highly transferable to develop informal networks to tackle indirect discrimination.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Dissertation Writing Support Drop-in

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Academy of Sport and Physical Activity (ASPA)

This project aimed to reduce the BAME attainment gap in the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity through writing support drop-in sessions for dissertation students. The drop-in sessions were delivered by dissertation tutors in the Academy who had previously undertaken a one-hour workshop designed to enhance their ability to support student writing. The writing workshop was delivered by an experienced TESOL (Teaching English as a Second or Other Language) tutor two weeks before the first drop-in session. The outcomes of the dissertation writing drop-in sessions only served to widen the BAME/white attainment gap as only white students attended. Out of a possible 450 students, 27 attended the drop-in sessions.  All attendees were white.
However, the project had raised awareness and sparked interest in the BAME attainment gap across the Academy resulting in four more interventions being held.

This project is currently not yet replicable, transferable or scalable. More work and time are yet to be invested in order to explain the benefits of dissertation to students and to promote better engagement with the sessions by BAME students.

For further information contact the project lead Amanda West, a.j.west@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Writing Skills Group

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing: Department of Social Work and Social Care and Community Studies

The department is revisiting a previous writing skills group to see if the re-introduction of the programme would be helpful and achievable within current resources. The successful work was published by departmental colleagues in 2014 and has had some success in the past but foundered on a lack of suitable staffing resource. Peter Nelson & Cal Weatherald (2014) Cracking the Code—An Approach to Developing Professional Writing Skills, Social Work Education: The International Journal, 33:1, 105-120, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2012.740453.

For further information contact the project lead: Dr Alison Purvis a.purvis@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

The Nursing and Midwifery Minoritised Ethnic (NAMME) group

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

Department of Nursing and Midwifery 

Within the Nursing and Midwifery department, Gary Souter established support groups for students. This included a Mature students group, a BAME students group and a Men in Nursing Together (MINT) group. Ifrah Salih took over the BAME student support group and actively recruited students for the group. This group aims to provide students with an opportunity to talk about issues they’ve had on placement or around campus so that the department is able to gain more of an awareness of what is going on. Initial evaluations highlighted that the same students come each week and that these students are mostly postgraduate or mature students.

Within the new academic year, Ifrah has already lead workshops for the NAMME group and is currently organising a conference for students in January 2020. The organisers and attendees of the group hope this will be a long term support system for BAME students within the department.

For further information contact the project lead Ifrah Salih, hwbis@exchange.shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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

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