Tag: Social Sciences and Humanities

Impact of feedback on final Dissertation grade

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law & Criminology (DLC)

The aim of this project was to explore the relationship between different components of academic feedback and academic performance.  On this basis this project looked at historical student dissertation work (the Interim Framework Report (IFR) and the final Dissertation) and evaluated the feedback staff gave. We found that BAME students tended to receive a lower mark, but the difference was within 2% of non-BAME students. However, feedback to BAME students rarely included any salutation in comparison to non-BAME students. In addition, male students were more likely to improve their mark than female students however the numbers of students were too low to evaluate this based on BAME status alone. This type of analysis could be carried out on a large scale across the University.

For further information contact the project lead Amy Musgrove a.musgrove@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Inclusive Student Engagement

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Humanities

This project aimed to improve all students’ attainment and compare student-staff views on what works to promote good attainment. It then looked to compare Humanities lecturers’ and students’ perceptions of student engagement; identify barriers to engagement, with particular attention to BAME students.

The project initially identified disparities between staff and students’ perceptions of what types of engagement achieves good results in HE. Barriers to engagement were also identified which may provide an understanding for the discrepancies between staff and student perceptions. From this, BAME-specific barriers to engagement in Humanities could be identified which related to other issues reported by students on attention to diversity, student awareness of diversity and group dynamics around inclusivity.

The final outcome is still pending. Students suggestions for reducing barriers were collated.

The initiative has the potential to be both replicated and scaled up across the university. The project can be replicated on a larger scale for upcoming Level 4 students as a way to raise awareness on academic citizenship. It will also be scalable across the faculty or university, particularly as the UK Engagement Survey takes place annually and longitudinal evaluation of impact may be possible.

For further information contact the project lead Ana Maria Sanchez-Arce a.m.sanchez-arce@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Enhancing extended scientific writing skills

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Two seminar sessions were delivered by the Academic Language & Literacy Group (ALL) to all Level 4 BA Education Studies students. The sessions were based on priorities identified through consultation with course and module leaders and analysis of previous students’ assignments. These sessions were implemented through the ‘Language and Learning’ module with the aim of reducing the BAME attainment gap.

The ALL intervention is intended for ALL undergraduate students in the university and is being implemented in other modules.

For further information contact the project lead Manny Madriaga m.madriaga@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Road map to Change Event

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

On Stephen Lawrence day (22nd April), the department held the Road map to Change Event. All undergraduate courses across the department reflected on their current attainment gap and the impact of projects and work on closing the gap. This was done with staff across the department. The aim was to keep the issue of the performance gap under close scrutiny and hold us all to account for closing the gap, while building racial literacy across the staffing group.

The event was successfully delivered on 22 April 2019, and Sehrish Tahir (Graduate Intern) has completed a guidance document for staff in the department using the materials from the day and further research which will support the development of racial literacy of staff going forward. The document can be found here.

For further information contact the project lead Iain Garner i.garner@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Staff awareness raising campaign

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion (DECI)

Prompted by a series of awareness raising activities, Sheffield Institute of Education (SIoE) staff were supported to draw on their education research background to identify improvements that can be made to close the BAME attainment gap on their courses. Whilst each course now has at least one BAME-related action on their course improvement plan (CIP) annually, a survey in March 2018 showed that course leaders were yet to be using CIPs to record their actions relating to the BAME attainment gap. Using this as a baseline, an annual survey will be conducted, and the results compared to March 2018 (and correlated with the attainment gap). The articulation of actions using CIPs is replicable across all courses. The initiatives identified in the CIPs provide an accessible means to communicate innovations.

For further information contact the project lead John Wrigglesworth j.wrigglesworth@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

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