Student Voice Report

What do students really think about their university experience? The Student Voice Report aims to find out and push for change.
What do students really think about their university experience? The Student Voice Report aims to find out and push for change.

 

This is a brief summary of the sixth formal written report produced by Sheffield Hallam Student's Union, which reflects the student experience through the collection and analysis of both formal and informal, and qualitative and quantitative feedback from students at Sheffield Hallam University.

The main body of the report follows the three main sections of the Student Charter: 'Education and Teaching', 'Learning Environment and Resources' and 'Your 'Representation, Support and Opportunities'. Recommendations based on feedback have been made in each section, and can be seen below.

For more information, the full report can be found in the link at the bottom of this page.


SECTION 1: EDUCATION AND TEACHING
Sheffield Hallam University aims to provide high standards of teaching, support, advice and guidance in order to provide the best learning experience. The Students' Union can support teaching and learning by listening to all students to find what works well and what needs to improve. This section addresses feedback raised regarding assessment and feedback, timetabling, bursaries and funding, organisation of your course, and placements. Read more in the full document, pages 14-25.

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Recommendation 1: Assignment feedback gives explicit suggestions for making improvements (Section 1.1, p15)
Recommendation 2: All written feedback to be given electronically (Section 1.1, p16)
Recommendation 3: The University ensures assessment criteria consistently remains fixed following the start of the module, as stated in assessment framework (Section 1.1, p16)
Recommendation 4: There is a reduction in timetabled gaps between scheduled teaching sessions (Section 1.2, p19)
Recommendation 5: The University conducts a review where assessment deadline bunching occurs, to inform actions to reduce assessment stress (Section 1.2, p19)
Recommendation 6: There is the creation of a strategic plan by the University, aiming to reduce Wednesday afternoon scheduled teaching further (Section 1.3, p21)
Recommendation 7: The University reviews late placement allocation and identifies where long distance travel is most negatively affecting students (Section 1.4, p23)
Recommendation 8:The University ensures that funding to support its most disadvantaged students continues at the same level or higher (Section 1.5, p24)
Recommendation 9: There is Students’ Union representation in the creation and development of future access agreements and funding agreements (Section 1.5, p25)


SECTION 2: LEARNING ENVIRONMENT AND RESOURCES
The academic experience does not simply start and finish in the classroom. Everything from the support given prior to starting University, right through to graduation and all of the facilities and resources available throughout, has a profound effect on both University performance, and the experience as a whole. This section is in relation to the University life and environment as a whole, addressing feedback relating to graduation, learning spaces, computing resources, cross-campus links, textbooks, and food and drink outlets. Read more in the full document, pages 28-38.

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Recommendation 10:There is a change of graduation schedule to a main summer event (to take place in July or September) and an additional winter date (to take place in December or January) (Section 2.1, p29)
Recommendation 11:Teaching staff consider the cost of printing for students, and direct students to use free printing resource for assignments and coursework (Section 2.2, p30)
Recommendation 12:The University conducts a full review of computer software availability, with a particular consideration for the needs of students with specialist computing needs (Section 2.2, p31)
Recommendation 13: There is an increased availability of small bookable rooms, with computer access, to facilitate group working (Section 2.3, p32)
Recommendation 14:The University considers the introduction of a crosscampus shuttle-bus, with links to the University Sports Park (Section 2.4, p34)
Recommendation 15:The University supports the Students’ Union in the expansion of the Students’ Union Book Exchange service (Section 2.5, p36)
Recommendation 16:The University ensures all students are able to access either physical or electronic copies of all core text books (Section 2.5, p37)
Recommendation 17:There is greater communication to students regarding the auto-renewal system for library books (Section 2.5, p37)
Recommendation 18:The University improves range and affordability of food at University outlets (Section 2.6, p38)




SECTION 3: REPRESENTATION, SUPPORT AND OPPORTUNITIES
Life at University is more than academic education. Being a student at Sheffield Hallam University also means being part of a diverse community that aims to be inclusive and supportive of all individuals, and finding new experiences and opportunities outside of academia. Students at Sheffield Hallam should be represented at all levels within the University. Student views should not only be used to drive change, but should be actively sought to ensure that the student body shapes future development at the University. This section highlights comments and opinions from students regarding Sports clubs and Societies, the Student Rep programme, as well as feedback relating to mental health and wellbeing, and student development. Read more in the full document, pages 40-48.

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Recommendation 19:There is increased funding for sports clubs and societies at Sheffield Hallam (Section 3.1, p42)
Recommendation 20:The University works in partnership with the Students’ Union to increase University staff engagement with the Student Rep system (Section 3.2, p44)
Recommendation 21:The University ensures expectations are met with regards to the distribution of Staff Student Committee Meeting materials (Section 3.2, p45)
Recommendation 22: The Students’ Union and the University works in partnership to ensure there are appropriate numbers of reps in each course/department to effectively represent their cohort (Section 3.2, p45)
Recommendation 23:The University ensure mental health and wellbeing support is given to all students (Section 3.3, p46)
Recommendation 24:The University has a consideration for specific mental health issues in the sale of exercise supplements at University outlets (Section 3.3, p47)
Recommendation 25:The Students’ Union and University to work in partnership to provide greater resource to leadership training programmes for students (Section 3.4, p49)