Using Evidence for Enhancement

Since October, STEER colleagues have been designing and delivering a series of webinars commissioned for QAA Scotland.  These sessions aimed to discuss the current Enhancement Theme which debates the use of ‘evidence for enhancement’.  The national programme of Enhancement Themes, led by the Scottish Higher Education Enhancement Committee (SHEEC) and managed by QAA Scotland, aims to improve…

STEER leads sector wide webinars on ‘evidence for enhancement’

In collaboration with the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) for Scotland, and related to current Scottish Enhancement Themes, STEER colleagues have been designing and delivering a range of free webinars concerning evidence for enhancement.   Engaging student and staff voices (26th October 2018) Dr Liz Austen explored the scope, principles and practices of engaging student and staff…

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…