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…

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…

New publication analysing written feedback to undergraduate students

Research exploring the construction of written feedback has been published today in the Practitioner Research in Higher Education journal.  “Balancing academic gatekeeping and interpersonal positioning: A qualitative analysis of written feedback to undergraduate students” by Liz Austen (STEER), documents an analysis of 136 pieces of written feedback on summative student assessments.   Evidence of linguistic variations in written feedback are…

How can digital capability promote teaching excellence?

Dr Liz Austen, Helen J Parkin, Stella Jones-Devitt   ‘There is an inherent difficulty when trying to use the words digital capability and teaching excellence as they are contested terms singularly and in combination.’ (Austen et al 2016). This was one of many conclusions to a QAA funded research project, published today, which aimed to…