‘The best one yet’: Sheffield Hallam hosts the eighth annual RAISE conference

Sheffield Hallam University recently hosted the annual conference of the RAISE network. RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement) is a network of academics, practitioners, advisors and students from across the Higher Education sector, who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement. This year’s conference took place in the University’s Charles Street…

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…

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…

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,…

Modelling ‘high impact pedagogies’: workshop reflections

by Liz Austen Workshop: High Impact Pedagogies for Student Engagement Led by Liz Austen, Stella Jones-Devitt, Jill LeBihan This workshop was held at Collegiate Crescent on 27th March 2017.  The aim of the session was to introduce participants to the evidence base underpinning high impact pedagogies.  In 2015, Carol Evans and colleagues from the University…

How can we close the BME attainment gap? Interventions with Impact December 2016

By Liz Austen Event Report on an Interventions with Impact Development Event, led by Liz Austen, Stella Jones-Devitt and Alan Donnelly, Wednesday 7th December 2016 This development workshop invited participants to analyse SHU institutional data which outlines the attainment gap between UK domiciled BME students and White students by Faculty and Course. Where possible, key messages…