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…

Using Evidence for Enhancement

Since October, STEER colleagues have been designing and delivering a series of webinars commissioned for QAA Scotland.  These sessions aimed to discuss the current Enhancement Theme which debates the use of ‘evidence for enhancement’.  The national programme of Enhancement Themes, led by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and managed by QAA Scotland, aims to improve…

When you shouldn’t always listen to your VC about WP: spurious explanations of widening participation performance

by Stella Jones-Devitt Recently HEPI produced a report Benchmarking WP: how should we measure and report progress? In it, Professor Iain Martin, the VC of Anglia Ruskin University suggests that sole reliance on one singular crude measure of disadvantage, namely POLAR quintiles, should be avoided. Who would disagree? Prof Martin favours applying the Gini index…

REACT Conference 2017: Next steps for addressing barriers to student engagement for ‘hard to reach’ students

by Nathaniel Pickering and Liz Austen This photo was taken at the REACT Conference 2017, held at the University of Winchester. If you look closely you can see a collection of sheep grazing amid the meadow grass. Whilst these sheep (made of fibre-glass) are said to emphasise the host’s commitment to environmental sustainability and biodiversity,…

Digital Storytelling and Student Voices

I have always been interested in researching marginalised and hidden populations, especially individuals or groups whose voices are not heard or differ from normalised discourses. This comes from my background in criminal justice and researching how young people socially construct risk taking behaviour through neutralising deviance. Deviance is constructed as such when it goes against…