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…

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…

Workshop: The impact of widening participation and why it matters

  12.00 – 14.00 Tuesday 18th July In 2016/17, the Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research Team (STEER) has begun to evaluate the impact of widening participation at Sheffield Hallam. We will be running a workshop on Tuesday 18th July, 12 noon until 2.00 pm, which introduces participants to the Widening Participation impact evaluation process, highlights  emerging findings,…