The who, where, what, and when of WP Evaluation

A recent event at the University of Sheffield, facilitated by the Office for Fair Access, asked the question ‘Why Evaluate‘ Widening Participation (WP) activity and, unsurprisingly, generated as many questions as answers. A range of panel discussions, key notes, and workshops attempted to address some of the challenges facing higher education in relation to evidencing…

Promoting innovative research methodologies: Integrative Reviewing for exploring complex phenomena

“Integrative Reviewing for exploring complex phenomena” by Stella Jones-Devitt, Liz Austen and Helen Parkin (STEER) was recently published in Social Research Update, administered by Professor Nigel Gilbert and the University of Surrey. Social Research Update is a collection of peer reviewed articles on innovative or unusual research methodologies, spanning quantitative and qualitative paradigms.  Our methodological…

The DLHE Survey is live!

Graduation is always a very exciting time of the year, especially for the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey Team. As soon as November rolls around, we know that we will be speaking to recent graduates to find out what they are up to now they have left SHU. This is our favourite…

International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating

October 18th 2017 is Global Ethics Day.  It is also the 2nd International Day of Action against Contract Cheating.  The University and the Students’ Union have jointly agreed to participate in this event to raise awareness of this issue and the impact it might have on the academic community.  The focus of this event is…

Guest Blog Post: Learning from our Reps

Six recommendations to improve the Student Rep system by Pete Crowson and Katie Davorn We, the Students’ Union, want to work with the University improve teaching and learning at Sheffield Hallam. And Student Reps are key to this. The Rep system, managed in partnership between the Students’ Union and the University, is an invaluable communication link…

Workshop: The impact of widening participation and why it matters

  12.00 – 14.00 Tuesday 18th July In 2016/17, the Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research Team (STEER) has begun to evaluate the impact of widening participation at Sheffield Hallam. We will be running a workshop on Tuesday 18th July, 12 noon until 2.00 pm, which introduces participants to the Widening Participation impact evaluation process, highlights  emerging findings,…

10 Things I Learnt About Assessment and Feedback

by Liz Austen Last week I attended two conferences: International Assessment in HE (#Assessmentheconf) and our internal Learning and Teaching Conference (#shult17).  On reflection, here are some of the things I learnt – or perhaps un-learnt and then re-learnt* :- feedback is only feedback if there is a monitored response to the message (and this requires coherent course design and relationships…