Evaluation and Course Enhancement

We are fast approaching that time of the year where academics are asked to participate in formal institutional quality processes and evaluate their courses or modules. These processes can be challenging to engage with especially at the end of a busy and usual academic year. That is why STEER has been working on several resources…

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…

Student Voice Report 2017/18

By John Adesola (STEER Student Researcher), Liz Chitwood (SHSU Researcher), and Adam Weston (STEER Student Researcher) The Student Voice Report reflects the Sheffield Hallam student experience through a collection of research conducted by the Students’ Union (SU) throughout the academic year. This is the eighth Student Voice Report written by Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union on…

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…

‘The best one yet’: Sheffield Hallam hosts the eighth annual RAISE conference

Sheffield Hallam University recently hosted the annual conference of the RAISE network. RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement) is a network of academics, practitioners, advisors and students from across the Higher Education sector, who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement. This year’s conference took place in the University’s Charles Street…

Register your place at RAISE 2018

      Sheffield Hallam University is hosting this year’s annual conference of the RAISE network. RAISE (Researching, Advancing & Inspiring Student Engagement) is a network of academics, practitioners, advisors and students drawn from the Higher Education sector, who are working and/or interested in researching and promoting student engagement. This year’s conference will be held…

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…