When you start at Hallam you will be told a lot of useful information!
From our experience in the Student Advice Centre, these are some of the key things we think you need to know.
International students - the International Experience Team (IET) can help international students to access support on arrival and during their course, including welcoming services, social transition support, visa advice, and specialist guidance about resolving financial and other serious issues.
As an international student starting at Sheffield Hallam, you may feel overwhelmed at times, especially as there is often extra administration to sort out and you may need to get accustomed to the different practises in the UK. Also, you may feel homesick or lonely (though you may not!)
The International Experience Team recommends that you:
Information about all of the above support services can be found via My Hallam.
If you feel you are struggling academically, or you want to improve your techniques (e.g., how to structure an essay) - or would just like to know what support may be available to you - speak to the Skills Centre.
The Skills Centre offers a wide range of academic support through online group sessions, small seminars, drop-ins and 1-1 appointments, and covers topics including assignment planning, presentation skills, time management and many more.
There are Skills Centres at both City Campus and Collegiate Campus libraries, and you can also book appointments and sessions online through their website.
If you are unsure about a particular assignment or module, then you can speak to your module leader about any questions you may have, or your Student Support Adviser to discuss the range of support available to you.
The University expects students to carry out their studies with honesty and academic integrity. This means referencing correctly and ensuring that the work you submit is all your own work. This is known as good academic conduct.
If you are accused of academic misconduct, the University will contact you to invite you to a meeting to discuss the allegation. Academic misconduct covers many things including plagiarism / self-plagiarism, cheating in exams, falsifying research data, and collusion.
There are different levels of meetings that you can be invited to, including Academic Concern Meetings and Academic Conduct Panel meetings for more serious issues. You may also be asked to attend an informal preliminary meeting to discuss the University's concerns.
If you are invited to any of these meetings then please contact us as soon as possible and we can talk you through the process, help you prepare and may be able to attend the meeting with you. It's really important to engage in these processes and to ensure that you're well prepared for any meeting you are invited to, as the potential outcomes can be very serious for your studies.
Similarly, if you are contacted about Fitness to Practise or a Disciplinary allegation, seek advice.
If you are unwell or you feel that personal circumstances are affecting your studies, it's important to let the University know so they can discuss support options with you. The best person to speak to is your Student Support Adviser, who can be contacted through Hallam Help.
If you have an unexpected situation that you think will be resolved quickly (such as a short-term illness), but which means you can't hand in a piece of work by the deadline, you can apply for an extension to your submission deadline. Extensions can be requested through My Student Record and must be requested at least 24 hours before the deadline.
If a short extension is unlikely to be enough, or your circumstances have affected an exam, you will need to submit a RRAA (Request to Repeat an Assessment Attempt).
RRAA's must be submitted through My Student Record within 5 working days of the assignment deadline or exam date, explaining how your personal circumstances affected your ability to engage with your academic work.
It's important to provide evidence with your RRAA (such as medical evidence) to show the difficult circumstances you have been experiencing. If you can't get evidence straight away, submit the RRAA and provide it within 10 working days.
If your RRAA is accepted, you will be given a further attempt at the exam or assignment in question.
The University has a complaints process for students who wish to raise issues regarding any aspect of their course or studies.
You can complain about any aspect of university life, such as teaching or supervision, or a service provided by the University. You can also complain about the behaviour of staff or other students (this is done in a slightly different way). You will need to be specific and provide evidence of the issues you have faced.
Initially you should raise your complaints through the informal Early Resolutions complaints process. If the issue cannot be addressed through this, then there is a two stage formal complaints process, and the option to raise the complaint with an independent body called the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA) following this.
You will need to be specific about what the issues are and how they are affecting you, and it's important to provide evidence to support your complaint and demonstrate the impact of the issues you are raising.
There is a lot more information regarding the complaints process on our website, and you can contact us directly for support with submitting your complaint, and throughout the process.
View further guidance on issues relating to your academic experience.
Snug - Snug is an award-winning student accommodation scheme in Sheffield.
Snug was set up to ensure that students get high quality, properly managed accommodation, so that their time in Sheffield is both safe and enjoyable.
You can find out more on our website or from the University Accommodation Service, which only advertises Snug properties.
Our website also offers guides on:
When you agree to rent a property from a landlord, you will enter a housing contract, usually known as a tenancy agreement. This is a legally binding agreement, and once you have signed a tenancy agreement it can be very difficult to get out of it.
Don't sign tenancy agreements for more than one property at a time - if you're not happy in your accommodation, seek advice before acting.
Take your time and don't sign too early. You (and your guarantor, if applicable) should be sure you know what you are agreeing to and that you (or someone you will be living with) isn't going to change their mind!
The Student Advice Centre offers:
Sometimes things go wrong. This might be because you are struggling with rent, there is damage or disrepair to the property, or you have a problem with your landlord.
Usually, you have legal rights which need to be protected.
Our advisers and online guides help with:
View further guidance on housing issues and finding accommodation.
Lots of students each year experience financial difficulties during their studies, and we can help you look at the financial support available to you, such as:
We can also advise you if you have debts that you can't manage.
View further guidance on student funding and financial support.
We have a range of resources on our website to help you with any issues you may be experiencing, and we are adding to these all the time.
View self-help resources
If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please get in touch.
Students' Union Student Advice Centre - www.hallamstudentsunion.com/advicecentre
University support services - via My Hallam, click on 'University Life' tab at the top
University Health Service (GP) - https://www.studenthealthatshu.co.uk/index.aspx
University Accommodation Service - https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/accommodation/
Hallam Help -