Can we talk about Whiteness?

#LTHEChat Wednesday 7th March 8-9PM Liz Austen @lizaustenbooth LTHEchat runs every Wednesday evening and has an international audience.  During the designated 60 minute time slot, invited hosts deliver a series of six questions and wait for the world of HE to tweet their replies. The topic for this session was Can we talk about Whiteness?  The…

How can we meaningfully listen to students’ voices?

How can we meaningfully listen to students’ voices to shape policy and practice? OFFA/SRHE January 25th 2018 SRHE and OFFA recently hosted a joint event which brought together colleagues from across the sector with an interest in alternative ways of listening to student voices, especially within Widening Participation contexts. Liz Austen from STEER presented the various…

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…