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…

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,…

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…

New event – Minding the gaps: REACTing to improve BME student attainment (29 November)

On 29th November 2016, Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (StEER) is hosting a Sheffield Hallam University conference which will foreground our University’s involvement in the Realising Engagement Through Active Culture Transformation (REACT) initiative. REACT is a HEFCE catalyst fund project. It aims to investigate the impact of different forms of student engagement on student retention and attainment, with…

The BME attainment gap is a ‘wicked’ problem

by Liz Austen and Caroline Heaton In recognition of the assertion by Mountford-Zimdars et al (2015) that student belonging and confidence are key factors in encouraging student engagement, the Directorate of Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research, in partnership with other key institutional and external stakeholders, are undertaking an analysis which examines the extent to which…