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 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,…

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…

Higher Education Academy Surveys

On the 3rd April 2017 over 15000 Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) students were invited to participate in the UK Engagement Survey (UKES), and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES). These two surveys were designed by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), to help institutions to enhance their students’ learning experience. The surveys provide unique insights into:…