Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER)
Shaping the student experience
What we do
Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER) supports the delivery of our university strategy, Transforming Lives, and the needs of our learning community. We do this through the generation and use of evidence-based research to identify and inform the development and evaluation of effective practices that enhance our students' engagement and their experience. This includes the collection and analysis of student and sector information, evaluations and surveys, as well as direct student engagement activity at all levels of our formal and informal structures.
We support the overarching drive for a transformative student experience through evidence-based research to inform decision making. We use evidence-informed approaches to student engagement to create and share knowledge and good practice, and we evaluate the real impact of activities intended to deliver excellence by applying new and established research methodologies working across the university community and in the wider sector.
What we offer
We have experience of running workshops in house and across the sector on various HE issues including teaching excellence, flexible learning, and differential student outcomes.
We champion the use of Appreciative Inquiry approaches informed by a robust evidence base to foster supportive problem solving.
For further information on the workshops and enhancement events, please see our blog events page.
We develop and evaluate the work of student representatives, leaders and researchers, and the mechanisms for recognising and rewarding student engagement in the development of themselves and others.
We both model and support development of an ethos based on students as co-creators and play a central role in training and supporting students as change agents.
For more information on student engagement activity please see our blog pages or contact Dr Jill LeBihan.
We collaborate with national bodies such as the HEA, QAA, TSEP, RAISE, REACT and the Change Agents Network amongst others, to develop communities of practice and inform approaches to teaching and learning.
We explore innovative methods of capturing student voices and integrating student voices into change processes in a way which empowers students whilst mobilising organisational change.
We position students as peer educators and researchers within all of the work that we do, including large scale, externally funded projects.
Using our knowledge from large scale evaluations of sector relevant initiatives, we design bespoke workshops on the use of appropriate evaluation methods for all areas of higher education.
We build capacity and an evaluative knowledge base by working with course teams and professional services to effectively evaluate initiatives which enhance student engagement.
Corporate administration and sector benchmarking of various institutional student data sets to drive an excellent student experience
We interpret institutional student survey data and outline the implications for our institution and the wider HE sector.
This work includes delivery and ongoing analysis of the National Student Survey (NSS) and Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) and scrutiny of this data for the Teaching Excellence Framework. We are also leading on the institutional approach to implementing the Graduate Outcomes Survey. We manage institutional delivery and evaluation of the UK Engagement Survey (UKES), Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) and teaching at the point of delivery through our Module Evaluations.
One of our priorities is to maximise student engagement, specifically through the completion of student experience surveys. We are proud to continually achieve higher than the sector average in student response rates generating robust feedback upon which to act.
We also report on and adapt to the changes being made at both a policy level and an operational level for the institution.
We are supporting the transformative learning experience of students through our work developing the use of learning analytics.
This includes the use of timely interventions to support retention, developing meaningful measures of learning gain for all students, and supporting students to understand their engagement.
We are working with JISC using the JISC learning analytics service and external providers to lead the institutional adoption and implementation of learning analytics.
Using knowledge gained from leading on evaluating some national initiatives for learning gain, we are applying these insights into what might make a difference for our own students in terms of distance travelled.
We are developing more innovative and personalised research methodologies to capture our students’ experiences of learning gain.
Visit our blog for upcoming events and workshops and our reflections of the current HE landscape
Follow us on Twitter @SHU_StEER for announcements and updates from the whole STEER Directorate
For general enquiries or specific queries about any of our work streams contact firstname.lastname@example.org