Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER)
Shaping the student experience
Who we are
Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research (STEER) supports the needs of our learning community, as identified through the generation, evaluation and analysis of student and sector information. This includes evaluations and surveys, as well as student engagement activity at all levels of our formal and informal structures. Our aim is to inform and develop practice within the University and across the sector, to improve the student experience.
Our Directorate supports the overarching drive for a transformative student experience through its use of evidence-based research to identify and develop effective practices. We evaluate the real impact of activities intended to deliver excellence, working across the university community and in the sector, applying new and established research methodologies. We use evidence-informed approaches to student engagement to create and share knowledge and good practice.
What we offer
We have experience of running workshops in house and across the sector on various HE issues including teaching excellence and flexible learning.
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 the events page on our blog.
We are an experienced academic research team championing the use of wide ranging and innovative methodologies to drive effective practice in higher education.
We conduct research for sector funders (e.g. QAA) and for our university and we actively seek research collaborations with other institutions.
For more information on research and consultancy to support your institution please see our blog or contact Stella Jones-Devitt.
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 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.
For further information, or to discuss collaborating on projects which investigate student engagement, please see our blog or contact Dr Jill LeBihan or Stella Jones-Devitt.
Impact evaluation frameworks have been developed by STEER for widening participation and access, employability, retention and progression, and differential student outcomes.
These evaluations draw primarily on work commissioned by HEFCE (2015) to develop a framework for evaluating the impact of activities and spending related to improving student access and success in HE.
For further information, or to specifically discuss methods of evaluation within higher education, please see our blog or contact Stella Jones-Devitt.
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 institution (e.g. Key Information Sets) and the wider HE sector.
This work includes an including 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 also manage UKES, PTES, PRES and Module Evaluation data.
We also report on and adapt to the changes being made at both a policy level and an operational level for the institution.
For more information on the collection or use of institutional survey data at Sheffield Hallam please see our blog or contact Dr Neil McKay.
We are supporting the transformative learning experience of students through our work developing the use of learner 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.
STEER are currently involved in assessing the corporate readiness for learning analytics using the JISC learning analytics service.
For further information on our work about learner analytics, please see our blog or contact Carolyn Fearn.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org