For the past two years I have been part of the SALT Engineering team. The Student Associates in Learning and Teaching (SALT) are students working together on a project proposed by the Faculty in order to improve students’ learning experience while at the University.
There are 6 faculty based teams (Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Science, Social Science A and B, and Medicine, Dentistry and Health) and 2 institutional teams (301 and Library). Each team is composed of students from that Faculty, while the institutions teams have members from different faculties. The teams work together with 2 academics on the proposed projects in order to improve learning and teaching techniques in the university.
In the academic year 2016 – 2017 I was a SALT member of the Engineering Team working on improving the internationalisation. I enjoyed working together with students and staff members on achieving our initial goals. This year I was the Lead SALT of the Engineering team. The project was about the Sheffield Graduate Engineering Attributes. We were interested in students’ opinion on what skills an Engineering student should have. We also investigated if the current attributes are misinterpreted by the students. After conducting a survey and multiple focus groups, we managed to provide the faculty with important information about how the Sheffield Graduate Engineering Attributes can be improved.
I have really enjoyed my roles as a regular and Lead SALT. It is a very good experience for students to gain more skills such as team working, communication and presentation skills. You can find out more about SALT and their job opportunities here.