Tag: Role models

Induction

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

The department for subject groups at the September induction 2018 to have course wide welcome events. This allowed new students from a BAME background to potentially identify informal role models amongst the senior students. It is too early to identify whether this has made a difference to retention and attainment in BAME students.

For further information contact the project lead Michelle Blackburn, m.blackburn@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Role Modelling Campaign

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

Research suggests that students from BAME backgrounds respond positively to BAME role models. Consequently, the class of 2018 students who graduated with a good honours (first or 2:1) were approached to become SBS role models. The department now has a diverse group of participants and aim to publish their role model stories on screens within the Business School and display posters within semester 2018/19.

For further information contact the project lead Michelle Blackburn, m.blackburn@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

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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