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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Meet the Team – Liz Austen – Senior Lecturer in Research, Evaluation and Student Engagement

Meet the Team – Dr Liz Austen – Senior Lecturer Research, Evaluation and Student Engagement My academic profile: https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-profiles/liz-austen Summary My current work focuses on student experiences within higher education and the policy context which shapes them. Most recently my work has included projects which review the complexity of teaching excellence and evaluating pedagogic interventions…