Tag: Retention

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

Supporting BAME student teachers through enhanced placement allocation and mentoring support

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Teacher Education (TEd)

Through a combination of mentoring and tailored placement allocation/advice, the project aimed to encourage reduce the time taken to complete placements and/or interrupt or withdraw from their placements. This was done through the implementation of two interventions: a mentoring scheme and a placement allocation and selection. The project outcomes have resulted in the department’s Placement Policy being updated. A number of changes have been made in order to better support BAME students whilst on placement, e.g. early visits, rapid evaluations. In addition to this, a BAME mentoring scheme for BA teacher educations routes has been implemented from September 2018.

Placement policy changes are replicable and compliant with the new general equality duty which was introduced in April 2011.

For further information contact the project lead David Owen, d.h.owen@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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


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

Raising aspirations to study: Ambassador Celebration event

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA)

Department of Art & Design

Diversification of the student body is anticipated to lead to greater BAME retention and success. We supported Ignite Imaginations (https://www.igniteimaginations.org.uk/) by sponsoring 20 young people to take part in the Art and Cultural Ambassador programme. The department hosted the programme’s end-of-year celebration in the Head Post Office.  As part of the event, the Ambassadors had the opportunity to work with current BAME Art & Design students and alumni.  Through real stories and taster activities, the department hopes to raise aspirations and promote BAME young people studying Art & Design in Higher Education. The project is currently in the process of being evaluated through a short questionnaire completed by the young people and their families.

For further information contact the project lead Claire Lockwood c.lockwood@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

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