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Activities and support for students

Year 8 to 13

Community Engagement

We offer a number of activities, taster sessions and resources designed to give prospective students of all ages a realistic insight into what it's like to study here. We also provide support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to ensure higher education is accessible to people with different life experiences and perspectives.

We are committed to ensuring you and your students stay safe throughout all our outreach activities – find out more by reading our safeguarding policy.

Click on the tabs below to find out more or contact us to get involved.

Year 8 to 13

  • Clearing

    If students miss out on their expected grades, we may be able to offer a place through clearing.

    What? There are options for students who miss out on a place at university on results day. Clearing provides a chance for students to accept a place on an alternative course.

    When? Annually in August

  • Compact Scheme

    Exclusive events and activities for students who face barriers to their progression into higher education.

    What? The Compact Scheme offers support to specific students, including looked-after children or applicants with extenuating circumstances. This support may include interview preparation workshops and special consideration during the admissions process.

    When? Throughout the UCAS application cycle

    Find out moreCompact Scheme website

  • Competitions

    We run a range of competitions for schools and colleges to give students an insight into particular subject areas.

    What? Students participate in a practical project or a piece of work to develop their skills and build on their enthusiasm for a subject, often with a prize for the best school or college.

    When? Released throughout the year

    Where? Delivered either in schools/colleges or on campus at Sheffield Hallam University

    Find out more about our current competitionscompetitions website

  • Higher education fairs and UCAS conventions

    An opportunity for students, teachers and parents to speak to staff from a range of universities, including Sheffield Hallam.

    What? We have a presence at a variety of higher education fairs and UCAS conventions up and down the country. Visit us on tour to collect course information, and ask questions about any aspect of university life.

    When? Annually from March–July

    Where? Locations across the country

    Subjects covered?

    Student life

    course information

    Sheffield Hallam University

    Find out moreSheffield Hallam on tour website

  • Inspirational Lecture Series

    The Sheffield Hallam Inspirational Lecture Series is the ideal opportunity for your Y12 and 13 students to experience what it’s like to be part of a lecture at university.

    Covering a range of subjects and offering insights into the teaching curriculum, our lecture series is delivered by renowned academics and industry professionals in the chosen field. Lectures include: Human Rights or British Rights, Tackling Cancer, Composition in Animation, Media Arts and Food Poverty.

    Find out more – contact us

  • Care Experienced Young People (Looked after Children)

    We have made a commitment to support young people in care who want to study at Sheffield Hallam University.

    What? We work closely with our local authority partners to produce events which raise the aspirations of young people in care.

    Support for care leavers who wish to study at Sheffield Hallam University includes

    • a non repayable bursary (eligibility criteria applies)
    • dedicated support from our care leaver coordinator
    • support in securing suitable accommodation (including 365-day accommodation)
    • a place on our Compact Scheme (eligibility criteria applies)
    • priority access to a personalised finance and welfare advisory appointment with the students’ union

    Find out more care leavers website

  • Pre 16 Roadshows

    Providing students with an interactive and informative session at their school or college about specific courses and subject areas.

    What? Our roadshows aim to demonstrate the range of subjects or career opportunities in a particular course area and give students a flavour of what studying those subjects at university would be like.

    When? As and when requested

    Where? Delivered in schools and colleges

    Subjects covered? Specific course areas

    Find out more about our forthcoming roadshowsroadshows website

  • Student ambassadors

    We work with students at the University on many of our projects and activities in schools and colleges.

    What? Student ambassadors recruited from across the University work alongside staff in the Schools and Colleges Liaison Office to support open days, Uni4U visits and other projects, giving potential students a real insight in to what student life is like.

    When? Throughout the year

    Where? Student ambassadors work on our projects delivered within schools/colleges and on campus at Sheffield Hallam University

    Find out more about working with our student ambassadorscontact us

  • Taster days

    Designed to give a flavour of what studying specific subjects at university would be like.

    What? Our taster days are designed to demonstrate the range of subjects or career opportunities in a particular course area and give students a flavour of what studying at university would be like.

    When? Throughout the year

    Where? On campus at Sheffield Hallam University

    Subjects covered? Specific course areas

    Find out morecontact us

  • Uni 4 U: Subject specific activities

    Targeted activities to give a flavour of a specific subject area and an introduction to potential career routes after graduation.

    What? The Schools and Colleges Liaison Office pro-actively delivers subject-specific sessions to schools and colleges as part of our outreach programme. These sessions can be delivered by a range of staff and students.

    When? Throughout the year

    Where? Delivered in schools/colleges or on campus at Sheffield Hallam

    Subjects covered?

    The benefits of university

    Specific course areas

    Find out morecontact us

  • Uni 4 U: Thinking about and preparing for University

    A chance for pupils to find out more about higher education and to get a taste of what student life is like.

    What? Visits are tailored to meet the needs of individual schools and colleges. We have sessions on the application process, personal statements, finance and student life, among many others. We are also developing innovative ways of working with schools and colleges through web conferencing.

    When? As and when requested

    Where? Delivered in schools/colleges or on campus at Sheffield Hallam

    Subjects covered?

    The benefits of university

    Application process

    Personal statements

    Finance

    Student life

    Find out morecontact us

Community Engagement

  • Community Engagement

    Free fun interactive events run for young people and their families, specifically created to engage and inspire outside of school hours. Children’s University credits are also available to collect at all our events.

    What?  Activities include:

    Competitions

    Scavenger hunts

    Arts and crafts

    Experiments

    Games

    When? During school holidays and on evenings and weekends - dates released throughout the year

    Where? Delivered within the local community or on campus at Sheffield Hallam University

    Find out more by following us on Twitter or email a.begley@shu.ac.uk



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