Tag: Student Engagement (page 1 of 2)

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

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

Framework for Inclusive Co-Design of assessment literature

Faculty of Health and Wellbeing (HWB)

This project is an initiative of the HWB BAME Working Group and aimed to enhance the inclusivity of the literature drawn on in courses by involving a diverse student voice in the design of literature.

The framework and proof-of-concept testing will provide a tangible output, which can be shared for implementation elsewhere in the university. The inclusive approach will ensure that it is transferable, replicable and scalable.

Upon a review of the project, the feedback suggested that the student’s had a much better understanding of what they were doing, “Understandable feedback that is used appropriately”.

For further information contact the project lead David Smith, d.p.smith@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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

Embedding student leaders in steering group to impact the BAME

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This student led steering group completed a number of initiatives which gives students the opportunity to voice their experiences and to work collaboratively with stakeholders across the university in order to keep student experience at the centre of any work that was carried out. Some of the initiatives included; the interactive map; peer mentoring; an inspirational week; some decolonising the curriculum work. The students were paid as student leaders to network across their courses and discuss possibilities with their peers.

The faculty believe that it should be relatively straightforward for other departments to implement this project. All that is required is a steering group with students, and for student leaders to network and share ideas with their peers in order to establish projects.

For further information contact the project lead Tanya Miles-Berry, t.miles-berry@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

Developing and delivering mentoring and buddy systems for BAME students

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

This student-led project aims to encourage a sense of belonging and self-belief in BAME students. A range of BAME mentors who work within the social/criminal justice or law area to the university have agreed to mentor Level 5 and 6 students. Students receive up to five meetings per year, whether that be face-to-face or virtual. From this, Level 5 and 6 students were also asked to be ‘buddies’ (mentors) for Level 4 students. During the inspirational week the department held a buddy event that aimed to establish buddies for Level 4 students. The mentor event in June 2018 and led by Jordan Hall was very productive and resulted in a number of decisions being made for academic year 2018/19. Case studies are currently being developed.

If this approach is shown to work, there are good grounds to roll out the intervention more widely. It should be relatively straightforward for other subject groups, departments and faculties to roll out this initiative, subject to exploration of reasons for potentially low levels of student engagement and how to tackle this.

For further information contact Tanya Miles-Berry, t.miles-berry@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

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

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