The Department has established a partnership with online support forum Psychforums. Psychforums is a psychology and mental health online resource and support forum for conversations on a wide variety of mental health conditions. This provides our researchers with access to individuals with a broad range of mental health conditions who may not otherwise participate in research. More information regarding research procedures can be found here. All researchers must gain ethical approval from Sheffield Hallam University prior to sending their study text to PsychForums administrators for their approval.
DLA Piper is the world's largest international law firm and proudly sponsors the 'law of contract' module on the LLB. Each year, the modules' best performing student is given the career-enhancing opportunity to gain a week's work experience within their Sheffield office. Litigation partner Richard Norman is also valued member of the department's clinical advisory board, helping to ensure that the curriculum remains practical, relevant and up to date.
National Offender Management Service
We are contracted by the National Offender Management Service to deliver the Probation Qualifications Framework – the professional qualification for probation officers. We are responsible for the training contracts across Yorkshire and Humberside and the north west of England. Our partnerships across these regions enable students from these regions to access library facilities and academic support from their local university.
Students are all in employment, the majority with the National Probation Service and some with the community rehabilitation companies which have recently taken over aspects of the probations service's work with lower risk offenders.
Sheffield Addiction and Recovery Research Group (SARRG)
SARRG is a peer-led group which aims to support recovery focussed groups in their efforts to promote recovery-oriented activities. It undertakes research and action focussed on enhancing recovery from addiction. It includes individuals and groups representing differing pathways to recovery, and actively supports the recovery community, promoting events and providing help and expert advice to groups asking for support. SARRG's vision is that the city of Sheffield becomes known as the recovery capital of the UK, proving a model of advanced recovery research and action for others to follow.
National law firm Freeths has worked with our final year law students from SHU on an exciting new research project, identifying client opportunities within the area of competition law. In addition to the project work, students were given the opportunity to have an invaluable insight into life as a lawyer at the firm. We were delighted to work with Freeths on this project.
Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme
We work with this scheme with our honorary doctorate Baroness Doreen Lawrence. It addresses the under-representation of black and ethnic minority men from low-income households in the legal profession. The scheme provides an opportunity for students to receive practical support to help them secure a career in law.
Hlw Keeble Hawson
The Private Client Enterprise was launched in 2013/2014. Its purpose was to introduce level four and five students to live client work through wills and probate. It included placements with hlw Keeble Hawson solicitors, and participation in the national Free Wills Month campaign organised by Capacity, an organisation that helps charities increase their legacy income.
Criminal justice realities partners
'Criminal justice realities' is a simulation module, enabling students to follow criminal justice processes from the commission of an offence through to sentencing. The module is taught entirely by current practitioners in their field led by CSI Training company, allowing students to benefit from their expertise and ask questions about the realities of their work. Roy Lambert, a detective with the Suffolk Constabulary, also teaches on the module. He has investigated offences such as murder, rape, contract killings, international drug trafficking and corruption.
Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT)
Sheffield Drug and Alcohol/Domestic Abuse Coordination Team (DACT) are responsible for two separate areas of work; support for victims of domestic abuse, and support and treatment for drug and alcohol misuse.
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HKC staff have been working in partnership with the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team on a variety of cross cutting areas of interest around the topic of domestic abuse.
More information about the Sheffield Domestic Abuse Co-ordination Team can be found on their web site.
The Sheffield Domestic Abuse Helpline is 0808 808 2241.
Sheffield Combined Courts
We work with the local courts by staffing a student-run helpdesk for people needing free small claims advice. The helpdesk was set up following cuts to funding for civil cases, leading to many people representing themselves in court.
Student work experience
Students spend on average one day a week with agencies across the city in their final year. They include the Cathedral Archer Project which works with homeless individuals in the local area and St Anne's Community Services which offers services to people with specific needs.
Student Volunteering Fair
We work with a large number of local organisations, including the police service and charitable organisations, to hold an annual Student Volunteering Fair. The fair includes representatives from 23 external organisations and five Sheffield Hallam internal projects, and has been attended by over 300 students.
A number of our partners sponsor prizes for our highest achieving students, which are presented at a special prize-giving ceremony as part of graduation.
Social justice and the creative arts in imprisonment
Creative arts professionals operate across the criminal justice sector, facilitating positive change and providing powerfully social inclusive opportunities to offenders – particularly those in custody. We have a range of partners in this important area including
- Creativity for Change – an organisation using arts to engage with disadvantaged groups
- Second Shot – a film and theatre production employing serving prisoners, ex-offenders and industry specialists
- Music In Detention – an organisation working with immigration detainees, professional musicians and local communities
- Dead Earnest – a theatre company using theatre to support health and wellbeing
Africa’s Gift is a charity that works with communities in Lesotho promoting human rights and development. Our students have the opportunity to visit Lesotho with Africa’s Gift and take part in their project work.
Urban Lawyers, founded by Sheffield Hallam honorary doctor and prominent barrister Tunde Okewale, works with Sheffield Hallam students on the Helena Kennedy Centre clinical modules, including Clinical Appeals and Streetlaw Schools.