Making a Difference with Data

A new AdvanceHE Connect Group titled ‘Making a Difference with Data’ has been launched today. This sector wide group will be led by an experienced team of institutional researchers and evaluators at Sheffield Hallam University, located within the Directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research. This Community of Practice aims to support colleagues across the…

Lessons in measuring ‘learning gain’: One size fits none

Adopting a single sector-wide measure to capture ‘learning gain’ – the university student development journey from fresher to graduate – lacks validity according to research conducted by academics at Sheffield Hallam University. Researchers in the directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, were asked by the Office for Students to carry out an Evaluation of…

Student Researcher Reflections: Learning about Learning Gain

Adam Weston |Student Researcher |MSc Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience student. For the past seven months I have been working as a Student Researcher in the Directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER), whilst reading for a Master’s degree at Sheffield Hallam University. I began my role in September 2018, with my job share John Adesola, under…

Thinking pedagogically about qualitative research in HE

There is a growing recognition across the sector that the institutional (student or staff) survey has limitations as a single source of data.  The default method to ‘make sense of’ quantitative data seems to be the trusty focus group.   A well designed and facilitated focus group can be a useful way of gathering qualitative data to deductively investigate survey findings or…

Survey on mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviours

On behalf of a Sheffield Hallam University Undergraduate student: My name’s Hollie and I’m a third year student at Sheffield Hallam University. For my dissertation I’m investigating if there is a relationship between mental health literacy and help seeking behaviours in undergraduate students throughout the UK. Ideally I would like to gather data from all…