Sheffield Hallam University
Welcome to Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is one of the UK's largest universities with over 31,000 students across two campuses. We've invested £70 million in our buildings and facilities since 2014. As a progressive university, we're continually investing in innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces that enhance the Sheffield Hallam experience.
Sheffield is the fifth biggest city in the UK with over 60,000 students, the same percentage of green space as Brazil and pretty much everything is in walking distance. Everyone is so friendly; you'd be forgiven for thinking you were in the UK's biggest village.
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Courses and fees
It costs £9,000 per year for UK and EU students to study full-time at Sheffield Hallam. We are a not-for-profit organisation, so your tuition fees contribute to the investments we continue to make for your student experience, from teaching spaces and study resources to relaxing cafés and sports facilities.
We have over £4m in scholarships for undergraduate students and a package of bursaries on offer. For more information, visit our fees and funding pages.
Choose from one of Sheffield Hallam's 708 courses and you will join a community of students and staff who are serious about academic achievement. Sheffield Hallam has the nationally top rated Careers Advice Service with 96% student satisfaction – according to the 2015 Student Employability Index.
Whatever course you choose, you will be inspired by excellent teachers, work with leading employers, and take part in a huge variety of extra activities.
Find out more about fees & funding.
Every day, all around our campuses, great things are happening. Students work together on projects with major companies. Lecturers bring their subject to life with their experience and expertise. Leading employers give their insight in guest lectures. Award-winning work is created in our industry-standard studios and workshops.
Join us, and we'll give you the opportunities and knowledge you need to prepare for your future, and the experience of a lifetime while you are here.
We're the first thing you see when you come out of the train station, slap bang in the city centre and a stone's throw away from everything you could want as a student, from supermarkets to clothing shops, bars and clubs, restaurants, cinemas and much more.
Our Collegiate Campus is located just 15 minutes' walk from our City Campus, in our busy student area on Ecclesall Road. The mile-long street features tonnes of student bars, pubs, takeaways, shops, cafes, supermarkets, two parks and Hallam university sports facilities.
Library and study facilities
We have a library at each campus, both open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Come and study at any time – just remember your SHUcard. There are always security staff here, giving you a safe environment to work in.
- access books, resource lists, ebooks and databases through the library gateway.
- book PCs, meeting rooms and other study spaces
- work in a space to suit you – including silent, quiet and group areas
- get support at the helpdesk
- borrow a laptop
- print, copy or scan on all floors of the library
- go to a study skills workshop or a drop-in session
- use specialist software on a PC or Mac
- connect to the Wi-Fi
Find out more about our library and learning services.
As a progressive university, we're continually investing in innovative, flexible and sustainable spaces that enhance your Sheffield Hallam experience.
In 2014 we opened the new Heart of the Campus building - a £27m complex at Collegiate Campus with state-of-the-art teaching spaces and flexible learning and study areas. In 2015 we invested £6m in a Maths Hub and a new home for the internationally renowned Materials and Engineering Research Institute.
In 2016 we opened our landmark £30m building on Charles Street in the city centre, featuring specialist facilities for our Sheffield Institute of Education. We also opened a new £9m home for Sheffield Institute of Arts in 2016 in one of the city centre's most iconic buildings, the former Head Post Office.
Future developments include a new £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, which is set to become the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world.
We can help you get work-ready skills that make you stand out when you graduate. And our expert advisers will support you as you plan your future career.
Come along to our new centre to discover more about:
- getting work experience
- part–time jobs, on and off campus
- graduate careers
- building work–ready skills
- our mentoring scheme
- becoming self–employed
- career planning and help with applying for jobs
When you begin your studies, you will be automatically signed up to the Students' Union which is run by students for students. Your Union officers are elected to represent you and each course has its own student rep who will work with university staff to improve your student experience.
The Students' Union has over 40 sports clubs and 60 student-run societies from American football and hockey to pole fitness and cheese & wine tasting. It's the perfect way to meet people with the same interests as you - or to try something completely new.
Every year, we go head to head with our sporting rivals The University of Sheffield for our annual Varsity competition. 2,000 students compete in over 50 fixtures to win the trophy. Whether you're competing or cheering the teams on, it's a great way to experience the Team Hallam spirit.
With the Students' Union, you can get involved with our magazine H or our radio station S1 Radio, be part of movements and campaigns to shape our education and world for the better, get discounts on almost EVERYTHING with your NUS Extra card and take part in overseas volunteering projects or work placements.
During your time here with us as a student, you can come to our Student Services Centres to access a wide range of high quality support services. We want you to get the most out of your studies and your time here, and we offer information, advice and guidance to help you through your journey.
We are the best-rated university in the UK for satisfaction with accommodation costs, and second in the UK for cost of living. We offer a wide range of properties to suit all budgets and tastes and we guarantee to help you find accommodation for your first year.
We offer four types of accommodation:
What are undergraduate open days like?
Our open days are the best way for you to get a feel for Sheffield Hallam and the city. It's a great opportunity for you to meet lecturers and students, see our campuses, accommodation and find out about our courses.
You can visit our mock hospital wards and meet the breathing, talking medical mannequins; take a tour of our sports facilities, including the English Institute of Sport, where Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill trains; check out the student work in our brand new home for art and design, a stunning grade II listed building we’ve redeveloped; practice your debating skills in our on-campus courtroom; and much, much more!
What are postgraduate open days like?
You'll have the chance to discover more about how you can begin or progress your career, change paths and move into a new job, or explore a subject you're passionate about in more depth.
You'll meet tutors and students from across the university, attend a range of talks and take a city campus tour.
Free support sessions for the pre-entry QTS skills tests
All applicants to Initial Teacher Training need to pass QTS skills tests in literacy and numeracy before starting a course. We will be offering free support sessions in numeracy and literacy starting from January 2016.
Every Wednesday, we run student-led tours of the University. Sheffield Hallam students meet you at the main entrance and show you around, telling you about their experience here along the way. There are three different tours covering City Campus, Collegiate Campus and our accommodation.
The campus tours include the learning centre, gym, students' union, catering outlets, student and learning services, lecture theatres and classrooms.
International online open days
We realise that it isn't easy for our international students to attend our open days in person so we bring our open days to you. Our online open days are an opportunity to ask any questions about your course, living in Sheffield, visa support, the application process, entry requirements, accommodation, careers support and more.
The next open days for both postgraduates and undergraduates take place on:
- Friday 10th June 2016
- Our undergraduate subject areas are represented, along with support services, accommodation, catering and facilities.
- Friday 10th June 2016
- All around the university, both campuses
Sheffield offers you green spaces to study and relax, and thriving underground scenes in music, art and culture to immerse yourself in. It's the UK's fifth largest city, and yet everyone's so friendly you'd be forgiven for thinking you're in the UK's biggest village. A third of the city is in the Peak District national park, creating a unique combination of exciting city and unspoilt countryside.
With all this to offer (and without shouting about it), Sheffield quietly gets on with being the best place in the UK to be a student.
A 2016 study named Sheffield as one of the UK's leading music cities, with 465 bands, 65 recording studios and 70 venues. You can watch live music anywhere from museums to arenas and cinemas to disused factories.
Sheffield's iconic Leadmill has been voted best live music venue by NME readers many times. We've compiled a playlist of Sheffield bands, new and old, the sound track to this city.
Sheffield’s the greenest city in England, with over 200 parks, woodlands and gardens and more trees per head than any city in Europe. A third of the city is in the Peak District, the UK’s first national park.
5 things to do in the Peaks
by Joe Bennett, chair of the student Fell Walking and Mountaineering Club
‘The Peak District is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, and a hiker’s paradise. One of our favourite walks is to Ox Stones, which you can walk to literally from the door of the University in just two hours.’
‘Stanage Edge has some of the most well-known and popular climbing routes in the UK, with something for all levels and abilities.’
‘Tackling the hills of the Peak District is a must-do challenge for any cyclist. Following the route of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ gives it an extra buzz.’
4. Go fell running
‘The Peaks are a favourite for fell runners. Every year the Red Bull Steeplechase puts 500 of the best through their paces on a gruelling route from Bamford to Castleton.’
‘When you’ve worked up an appetite, try some of the food the Peak District is famous for, from Bradwells ice cream to Chatsworth game pies.’
Sheffield is renowned for its independent culture and community spirit. The city has lots of big name brands, chain restaurants and high-street stores on offer, but is laced with local businesses and craftspeople, with everything from vintage clothing to freshly baked donuts and vinyl records galore.
There’s always something brilliant going on in Sheffield. Often, it’s a new exciting venture, or a one-off, so keep your eyes and ears open. Every year though, there are favourites – events that are tried, trusted and loved by our students.
Every summer, Tramlines music festival takes over the city with 100,000 people watching hundreds of bands in venues from parks to basements. Don't miss Cliffhanger in July, Sheffield's festival of outdoor activities, featuring rock climbing, orienteering, mountain biking, running and more. It's all about taking part — from bike polo to disc golf, have a go at something you’ve never tried before (or even heard of). Love your food? Head to Peddler Night Market for the endless array of food stands and the live music. Not strictly a festival if we're being picky, but it takes place every month and you’ll swear you’re at Glastonbury.
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What's the weirdest thing to happen at the university?
We're sure that lots of weird things have gone on across our university, but off the top of our heads… our library has a pet Pigeon called Dave.
Do you have any famous or notable alumni?
Our alumni includes Olympic silver medallist and diver Leon Taylor, Britain's minister for Sport Richard Caborn, silversmith David Mellor, Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park and Blue Peter presenter Andy Akinwolere.
What grants/scholarships do you offer?
To make sure even more students can access financial support from the university, we are investing over £4 million in 2016-7 to provide a package of bursaries and financial support to students from England to make sure even more students can access financial support from the University. Find out more about the financial support available
How much of an emphasis do you place on building workplace skills like presenting, project management and people skills?
We're more than a university - we are a community that has deep and long-established relationships with thousands of businesses and organisations throughout the region, in the UK and internationally. Every year, we offer 19,000 placements. On the vast majority of courses you can choose to spend a year working in industry on a paid placement.
91% of our placement students say they found it helpful for their future and students who complete a placement year go on to earn 8% more on average than those who don’t.
What's university welfare and disability support like?
We are dedicated to giving you the support you need to ensure you have a positive experience here.
- disability-specialist advice and guidance appointments.
- daily drop ins for students.
- support with applications for Disabled Students' Allowances and carry out study needs assessments at the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre.
- individual packages of support through learning contracts.
- psychological assessments and support for students with specific learning difficulties.
- information and training on assistive technology.
- in-house support worker services.
What support is available to students who are struggling for any reason?
Our support services offer help and guidance with every aspect of your student life.
Advice from the Students' Union about staying safe in Sheffield.
Comprehensive information about finance, fees and funding.
How we can help you improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
Jobs and careers
Everything you need to know about employability and careers support.
International student support
Discover the full range of services for international students.
Finding a place to live
Ongoing accommodation support for all of our students.
How to access the support within your faculty.
Student Services Centres
Access help five days a week via central points on both campuses.
Advice, resources, events and financial assistance for disabled students.Find out more
What social events do you offer when people first join to help people make friends and settle in?
Most new students arrive for Freshers' Week, which takes place in the week running up to your course start date. We organise seven days of social events to help people make friends and settle in from big nights out to tea and biscuits. There are special events organised for the big halls of residence, and for international students too.
Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?
Sheffield Hallam University has two campuses. Our City Campus is the first thing you see when you come out of the train station. It's slap bang in the middle of the city centre and just 20 minutes' walk from Collegiate Campus in the busy student area of Ecclesall Road. Pretty much everything you can do, you can do on foot.
What sort of societies are there?
The SHU Students' Union has over 60 student-run societies, in everything from go-karting to politics. It's the perfect way to meet people with the same interests as you - or to try something completely new. If you can't find the one you want, we'll help you start your own.
We also have 44 sports clubs including handball, badminton and judo. And you don't have to be on the team to take part - we run social sessions and over 40 fitness classes every week.
How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?
There's no need for public transport at our City Campus, as we're right in the middle of the city centre and in walking distance to all our halls of residence, supermarkets, cafes, bars and shops. Although you might want to nip on the train or tram to Meadowhall, one of Europe's largest shopping malls or the English Institute of Sport where Jessica Ennis-Hill trains.
There are frequent buses to Collegiate Campus, which you can walk to, but the 81, 82, 85 and 88 can take you from the city centre to the campus doorstep. And they run every 5 minutes during peak time.
What percentage of your students get a full time job after 6 months of graduating?
93% of Hallam students find employment or further study six months after graduating.
Sheffield Hallam has the nationally top rated Careers Advice Service with 96% student satisfaction – according to the 2015 Student Employability Index.
Roughly how many students start each year?
We have approximately 10,000 new students every year.
What’s the ratio of male/female students?
In 2014/15 entry, we saw 17,067 (54%) female students and 14,441 (46%) male students start at Hallam.
How much is a pint in Sheffield?
It costs around £2-3.50 for a pint in Sheffield, depending on where you go. Some student nights offer 2-for-1 offers and cheaper deals too.
What fields of study is the university best known for?
Teaching is our first rate subject, for which we have partnered with 600 schools to provide comprehensive work placements for our students.
Top rated subjects: Maths, Nursing, Paramedical Practice, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Radiotherapy, Biosciences, Tourism, Transport & Travel, Planning, Housing & Regeneration, Engineering, Sport Science, Food and Nutrition, Law, Management.
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