Sheffield Hallam Students' Union's Student Voice Report reflects the student experience through the collection and analysis of feedback from students at Sheffield Hallam University.
By collating this information into a single report, we are able to establish clear actions, priorities and goals which can be reached through a joint partnership with students and the University. The report considers feedback, both positive and negative, to give a fair and balanced view of what is working well, and what could be improved at Sheffield Hallam University. Prior to the main body of feedback, there is a description of how the feedback is gathered, a summary of what has been learned this year with recommended outcomes for improving the student experience, and the impact of previous reports.
Why your feedback matters
Below are just a couple of examples of how your feedback has been used in the Student Voice Report to contribute to making change for the benefit of Hallam students in partnership with the University.
You told us: Disadvantaged students need financial support from the University, and you're worried this will be cut.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: The University ensures funding to support its most disadvantaged students continues at the same or higher level.
The University took action: £1million has been made available in student support funding, with students who fall into more than one of the eligible categories now able to claim larger sums for the support.
You told us: Too many of you are travelling long distances just to get to your teaching placement.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: The University reviews placement allocation and identifies where long distance travel is most negatively affecting students.
The University took action: There has been substantial investment in developing resources that support relationships with partner schools, and there is an increased availability of placements. Far fewer students were travelling long distances in the last academic year than before.
You told us: The assessment criteria on your course changed since the start of the course.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: The University ensures assessment criteria consistently remains fixed following the start of the module.
The University took action: A revised policy has been introduced which makes clear the requirements for the provision of assessment criteria at the start of a module.
You told us: Food is too expensive at the University.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: The University improves the affordability of food at its outlets.
The University took action: The 'Proven Bakehouse' brand has launched at Cantor and Heart of the Campus, offering a range of food available for £1 when purchased with a SHUcard.
You told us: You sometimes can't read the feedback you get.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: All written feedback is to be given electronically.
The University took action: Electronic copies of feedback are a requirement for all students from 2017/18.
You said: You have to print off your assignments but it costs too much.
Our Student Voice Report recommended that: Consideration is given for the removal of the requirement to print.
The University took action: Online submissions for coursework are to be rolled out by September 2017.
You said: You want better transport links between City and Collegiate Campus.
We did: A cross-campus shuttle bus is now in operation from the HUBS to Collegiate Campus every weekday during term time.
Your ongoing feedback, through things like questionnaires and focus groups, is really important to the Students' Union to help us continue to make the voice of Hallam students heard.
View the Student Voice Report 2016/17 in full to see all the recommendations made as a result of your feedback.