Opportunity for BME Students to take part in a study explore student experiences of studying in the School of English.

We are inviting current undergraduates from African, Asian, Afro-Caribbean, Middle-Eastern, Latin American, or Mixed Race backgrounds (sometimes referred to as Black and Minority Ethnic, or BME) to take part in a research project that aims to improve the experiences of BME students within the School of English.

This project develops the foundational work of a previous student-led study in the School called Knowing Inclusion: Being Inclusive (2016). The findings from this project led to a raft of changes in School practice including introducing mental health training for staff, diversifying curricula to include a wider range of voices in modules on Theatre, Lang/Lit and Literature programmes as well as reviews of the forms of assessment we use. We hope that this study will also help us to understand what changes BME students in particular might like to see in the curriculum, student support and learning environment.

This project forms part of the University’s ongoing commitment to equality and diversity, and to ensuring that all students have the chance to develop their talents and themselves to their greatest potential.

What it involves:

You will be able to choose whether to take part in a one hour face-to-face interview, or a one hour focus group alongside several other students. Please let us know which you prefer. We can also arrange a limited number of interviews via Skype if necessary, please let us know if this option would suit you.

The researcher will ask you some questions about your experiences of studying in the School of English, and about what changes you might like to see in the curriculum and in student support.

What does it pay?

You will be given a £15 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part. (Alternative vouchers are available on request).

Who can apply?

To take part, you need to:

  1. Be from a BME background. You do not necessarily need to identify with the label “Black and Minority Ethnic”; but if you are from an African, Asian, Afro-Caribbean, Middle-Eastern, Latin American, Mixed Race, or any other ethnic background under-represented in UK Higher Education, you are eligible to take part.
  2. Be a current undergraduate student in the School of English.

How to volunteer:

To volunteer, please email Aunam Quyoum to express your interest: a.quyoum@sheffield.ac.uk

Who is organising and funding the research?

The research is organised and funded by The University of Sheffield’s Widening Participation Research and Evaluation Unit.  They are supported by the Equality Challenge Unit, and by Rachel van Duyvenbode in the School of English.

Who has ethically reviewed the project?

The research has been ethically reviewed by the Student Services Ethics Review Panel.


If you have any questions about the project or the application process, or any access needs that we can help with that would enable you to volunteer, please contact Miriam Miller:

Miriam Miller

Widening Participation Researcher & Evaluator

Widening Participation Research & Evaluation Unit (WPREU)

New Spring House

231 Glossop Road,


S10 2GW

Email: miriam.r.miller@sheffield.ac.uk

Tel: 0114 222 0415


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