Tag: student voice

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

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

Enhancing sense of students belonging

Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH)

Department of Law and Criminology (DLC)

The aim of this project is to overcome barriers in relation to students experiencing a sense of ‘belonging’ at university, via a programme of activities including: Bespoke ‘meet and greet’/networking event for all students who identify as BAME; recruitment session for ambassadors/reps/buddies/ mentors to embed and enhance BAME student voice; monthly events/talks showcasing success run in collaboration with the Student Union; improved links with city events and student union events to better communicate activities. The project has led to a number of resources and events being put into place including an interactive map of outlets within Sheffield for BAME students e.g. places of worship, halal restaurants & African-Caribbean barbers/hairdressers; pre-enrolment blogs including screencasts by HOD from BAME background; more detailed induction packs including information on how they aim to reduce the gap; improving Academic Advisors allocations; morale boosting talks by current/past SHU BAME students, staff or professionals in induction week; and an Inspirational Week held in the first week of November 2018, including input from BAME roles models.

The interactive map along with better coordinated links with the Students Union is something that is transferable across the university. Depending on whether or not the feedback is positive the programme could be a model for any area/department to develop their own offer.

For further information contact the project lead Farrah Ali


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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