Tag: SBS

International Study Projects

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

Using GoGlobal funding, the Department of Management piloted a study trip to Germany in the summer of 2018 to assess student’s willingness to engage in international field trips. Based on this experience the department organised an international study project to take 45 students from SBS to their partner institution in Botswana. The trip is targeted at Level 5 and 6 students who have not completed a placement. BAME students are less likely to undertake a placement than non-BAME students so this is also part of the departments efforts to help BAME students gain traction with future employers by having something distinct on their CVs. GoGlobal funding enabled the department to give priority to BAME students. 12 BAME students were successful in their applications and were offered places on the trip. However, 4 BAME students declined the offer. It is too early to assess any impact upon placement and graduate outcomes as the trip scheduled for 2019.

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

Status: ongoing

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

Enhancing personal tutor effectiveness to increase student engagement and attainment

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

The department ‘repurposed’ and developed their APA (personal tutor) approach to one which fosters a relationship with the student that engenders belonging, identity, aspiration and visualisation, and a sense of community. From this, joint APA/student case studies will be developed. More specifically these case studies will demonstrate how they have overcome and are continuing to overcome barriers to BAME attainment and help to develop role models from BAME students and alumni. Anecdotal evidence in conjunction with course-specific data analysis also suggests that where a student-centric, individualised approach to support is taken by the course team, there are higher levels of attainment and completion. This supports the next outcome below. The department’s activity this year has spurred the development of initiatives for the new academic year.

A number of the 2018/19 initiatives are potentially transferable and scalable but they are currently still in the pilot stage.

For further information contact the project lead Ann Norton, p.a.norton@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Mentoring BAME students

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Service Sector Management

This Hallam Guild project aims to facilitate regular student group meetings to discuss and explore issues such as culture, faith, academic, social, physical and emotional wellbeing. This project created a supportive forum where both students and staff are able to talk about ongoing issues and barriers of lower number of Higher Education applications and completion which contribute to the attainment gap. The estimated completion date for this project is 31st July 2019.

For further information contact the project lead Jacqui McKoy-Lewens, j.mckoy-lewens@shu.ac.uk and Jaffer Idris, j.idris@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Inclusive Classroom

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

This approach was initially discussed as launching in September 2018, with level 4 students attending a timetabled seminar to help them to think about creating an inclusive classroom environment. Some courses have gone a little towards making this happen but there is further to go for 2019/20.

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

Status: ongoing

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

Case studies from APA discussion

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Management

As a pilot in 2017/18, for Business Studies and other courses in the Languages with International Business or TESOL suite, the department repurposed and developed their APA (personal tutor) approach. This included the development of joint APA/student case studies (of a cross-section of students) to tell the story of the student experience and to engender a greater degree of trust and buy-in to the APA process, particularly by BME students. More specifically, these case studies demonstrate how we have overcome barriers to BAME attainment and help to develop role models from BAME students and alumni (ambassadors).

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

Status: completed

Barriers to applying for taking up placements

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems

In 2018/19 a research study was undertaken looking at students from BME backgrounds and their engagement and experience with placements and the placement system in SBS. Semi structured focus groups held and an open ended questionnaire was used. The objectives of the project are:

-Increase the number of BME students going on placement, as this ‘creates a better student’ and one who is more likely to narrowingthegaps good honours.
-Intervention to involve PETS (placement employability tutors) and possibly Personal Tutors.
-Exploring (through data and with PETS/tutors and BME students) the barriers to seeking/securing placements and impact on final degree (see below).
-Identify possible solutions to barriers – e.g. internships, summer placements or by generally increasing and tailoring support for BME students.

Given the number of projects being undertaken within the placement area, it is extremely replicable, transferable and scalable.

For further information contact the project lead Diane Jamieson, d.jamieson@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Staff Awareness Raising and Enhanced Student Support

Sheffield Business School (SBS)

Department of Service Sector Management

This project focused on raising staff awareness of Hallam’s BAME degree awarding gap, its implications for Department of Service Sector Management and the need to act upon the more recent data. The project set out to:

  • Raise staff awareness of attainment gap issues (including aspects of the wider BAME student experience).
  • Measures to identify ‘academically at risk’ BAME students and target support to them.

Objectives are currently in the process of being reviewed.

There may be scope for a departmental cross-group working party to develop the attainment gap agenda.

For further information contact the project lead Philip Goulding, p.goulding@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

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