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…

Exploring the utility of learning gain internally and across the sector

The most recent definition of learning gain offered is “a change in knowledge, skills, work readiness and personal development, as well as enhancement of specific practices and outcomes in defined disciplinary and institutional contexts” (Kandiko Howson 2018: 7) Sheffield Hallam University in committed to exploring the concept of learning gain across the institution and with…

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…

Meet the Team – Rachael Lee – Work Placement Student

Hello, I am a Level Five Psychology student at Sheffield Hallam University. I am currently on my work placement here with the Directorate of Student Engagement Evaluation and Research (STEER). I have taken on a flexible role within the STEER team. I am currently working on an Academic Misconduct project where I am analysing current resources provided by Sheffield…

Meet the Team – Hamza Ditta, student researcher

Hey there, my name’s Hamza but most people call me by my surname Ditta. As of 8th February 2017, I began my employment as a researcher for the Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER) team. So far, along with the two other researchers Cassie and Hattie, I have contributed towards a mini report on data from the…

Meet the STEER Team: Hatti Sambrooks, Student Researcher

Hello there, my name is Hatti Sambrooks and I have just joined the STEER team in the role of Student Researcher. This as an emerging role and will include getting involved in research projects concerning student engagement and opinions on university experience.  These projects contribute to the student voice being heard more clearly and go towards…