Tag: Technology and Arts

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

Addressing the barriers to student uptake of placements

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts: Engineering and Maths

The project was instigated in recognition of the fact that BAME students do not apply for placements or are not successful in gaining placements to the same extent as non-BAME students. This in turn can impact on the attainment gap. Identifying barriers and required support was the first step. The longer-term objective is to see an increase in BAME students in the Engineering & Maths department taking up placements.

Based on questionnaires with students a number of interventions were proposed including creation of a student placement preparation file and providing timetabled opportunities to work on related activities; offering short internships/ placements; enabling work experience prior to placement; offering placements closer to home; and guest lectures about previous students’ experience of placements. Family awareness and the importance of undertaking a placement may encourage and support students.

Some things can be replicated and transferred readily:  e.g. ensuring placement preparation file is created and completed correctly. Due to scale, some of the other interventions (such as internships and summer placements) may be challenging to implement department-wide.

For further information contact the project lead Sajhda Parveen, s.parveen@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Barriers to taking up placements

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA)

Department of Computing

Successful placement experiences potentially contribute to better degree outcomes. For this reason, the aim of the project was to increase the number of BAME students applying for and successfully gaining work placements, by increasing and tailoring support for BAME students when making their placement applications. Interim outcomes have been changes to placement support informed by focus group findings. This highlighted an opportunity to rethink how placement support/ employability skills are delivered and at what stages in the student lifecycle this should take place.  It is proposed that the Department develops support that takes into consideration the individual student’s needs and previous experience rather than the current method employed of “teach everything to everyone”.  As a result, the department is now looking at different ways in which level 5 and 6 students will be able to gain employability skills without having to participate in a formal placement. This will involve including a ‘client-based project’ module on the course.

A proposal to revise current teaching is under review with an objective to pilot the new structure in 2019/20.

For further information contact the project lead Deborah Adshead d.adshead@shu.ac.uk

Status: completed

Success principles for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students

Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts (STA)

Department of Computing

This project sets out to co-create the support needed to address the attainment gap in degree classifications, employability and support the development of the SHU graduate attributes. This initiative draws upon BAME role models who have achieved success in their careers/businesses to not only inspire and motivate students but to also help students understand key principles that contribute towards successful academic and career endeavours. The sessions will include the following:

  1. A series of guest speakers that discuss their journey of how they reached their current career stage, detailing some of the important principles/lessons they learnt along the way.
  2. A short interactive workshop will be designed to further understand student needs, encourage reflection and action and to help co-create/shape future seminars.

As project lead, Jamie has identified some positive impact this project has had on both staff and students and continues to develop the programme in order to suit the needs of prospective students.

For further information contact the project lead Jamie Caine j.caine@shu.ac.uk

Status: ongoing

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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