Friday, 22 September 2017

FW: Research concerning Use and Abuse of the Student Voice


Please see details below of a free workshop to be held in Sheffield on 20th October concerning some LFHE-funded research into use and abuse of the Student Voice. If you can make it, the booking link is at the bottom of the message. Please feel free to forward to other interested colleagues. If you have any further questions about the project, please email me (Jill) directly at or the co-research lead, Stella Jones-Devitt at


With all good cheer,



Dr Jill LeBihan SFHEA Head of Student Engagement

Student Engagement, Evaluation and Research

Oneleven Building | City Campus

0114 225 5983 | |






The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice: a National one-day workshop at Sheffield Hallam University


The current climate in H.E. for lecturers, students and leaders of both of these groups can be uncomfortable. Discomfort is generated by a perception that measures such as the Teaching Excellence Framework and module questionnaires operate as proxies for evaluation of the performance of academic staff. These processes of evaluation (managers evaluating lecturers who are evaluating students who are evaluating lecturers) potentially disrupt the traditional trust between lecturers and their students that is required for effective learning.


‘The Use and Abuse of the Student Voice’, funded by a Leadership Foundation Small Development Project grant, investigates the challenges for academic leaders created by the need to develop education in the context of evaluation of teaching by students. You are welcome to share the emerging findings of our project at a national workshop on 20th October 2017 at Sheffield Hallam University. We aim to help colleagues to make best use of the student voice to recognise and support teaching excellence. We will also use workshop participants’ feedback to further define and develop the project’s leadership materials. 


The event will be of interest to staff in Higher Education involved in making use of student evaluations of teaching, and to leaders of academic staff with a commitment to using the student voice productively to inspire professional development.


The workshop is free and includes lunch.  You can register for it here .




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