Social Sciences Teams

Social Science Team A

Projects

Social Sciences logo2017-18

Learning and teaching priorities:

Induction and transitions, inclusive learning, personal and academic support

Project outline:

This project aims to understand what we need to know about students to support them to succeed. This will involve understanding student views about what information staff should know about them and how it should be used, with particular reference to, for example: tailoring induction activities, embracing diversity, and promoting a sense of belonging in the University.

2016-17

Learning and teaching prioritiy:

Independent Learner

Project outline:

The aim of this project was to solicit student views on the journey from school to university, with a particular focus on learning, assessment and feedback, with a view to providing guidance for students on how to become 'university students' - independent learners who think for themselves. The SALT team will produced a guide for Independent Learning.


2015-16

Learning and teaching priority:

Future learning spaces

Project outline:

The project explored Faculty of Social Science students’ experiences and aspirations for formal and informal learning spaces. SALTs explored this through a survey and focus group.

The survey highlighted that access to technological resources is crucial for learning spaces and that learning environments need to be comfortable, but structured enough for learning to occur.

From their research, the SALT team offered a number of suggestions for future learning spaces for the social sciences faculty, highlighting the importance of: technology, amenities, physical resources, break out and wellbeing, and availability of space.

Contacts

2017-18

Faculty / Academic contact: Sabine Little s.little@sheffield.ac.uk

Professional Services contact: Sarah Hague s.l.hague@sheffield.ac.uk

2016-17

Faculty / Academic contact: Peter Odell p.odell@sheffield.ac.uk

Professional Services contact: Sarah Hague s.l.hague@sheffield.ac.uk

Social Science Team B

Projects

Social Sciences logo2017-18Social Science B Team Picture

Learning and teaching priority:

Group assessment practices

Project outline:

This project will seek to understand aspects of group assessment including: approaches to the allocation of students to groups, the use of technology, when and how students are prepared for working in groups, the use of peer assessment.

2016-17

Learning and teaching priority:

Students as Researchers

Project outline:

This project focused on developing the 2016 Social Science Student Research Conference and making it more student-led. The group undertook a questionnaire and focus groups in order to gauge what students would value within a conference. They worked closely with staff to develop a number of targeted solutions to improve the conference for future years.

The second element of this project was to develop a student-based journal for use within the Social Science faculty. The team researched the student journals that were available within the University and across the country. The team produced an idea of what students within the faculty would value in a journal and highlighted current mechanisms used by some Departments to publish student work, e.g. blogs.


2015-16

Learning and teaching priority:

Undergraduate research

Project outline:

This project focused on developing the 2016 Social Science Student Research Conference and making it more student-led. The group undertook a questionnaire and focus groups in order to gauge what students would value within a conference. They worked closely with staff to develop a number of targeted solutions to improve the conference for future years.

The second element of this project was to develop a student-based journal for use within the Social Science faculty. The team researched the student journals that were available within the University and across the country. The team produced an idea of what students within the faculty would value in a journal and highlighted current mechanisms used by some Departments to publish student work, e.g. blogs.

Contacts

2017-18

Faculty / Academic contact: Gareth Bramley g.bramley@sheffield.ac.uk

Professional Services contact: Sarah Hague s.l.hague@sheffield.ac.uk

2016-17

Faculty / Academic contact: Elena Gonzalez-Polledo Bermudez e.gonzalez-polledo@sheffield.ac.uk

Professional Services contact: Sarah Hague s.l.hague@sheffield.ac.uk