Welcome from the Vice-Chancellor
Monday 19 September 2016
As the University’s Vice-Chancellor, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the University.
I joined Sheffield Hallam in January this year, so this is the first time I have been able to write to all new students to welcome them. I hope you find the University much as I did: a welcoming, friendly and supportive environment in which to study. I know that your first weeks here will be rather over-whelming: this is a big university in a large city and there will be a lot of new things to adapt to. For some of you, away from home for the first time, there will be any number of new routines. I hope that you quickly find your feet, make new friends, and are able to thrive.
This is a fabulous university. We set out to try to prepare you for whatever your future holds. We do that through first-rate teaching and exceptional learning resources. It’s important to me, and to my colleagues that you feel supported in your studies as quickly as possible and we all know that starting any new programme of work can be daunting. But we also do this through the wide range of other opportunities here: sports clubs, societies, opportunities to volunteer, and more, in the university, in this great city and in the region beyond. We want you to get involved, to be an active member of this community, and to make the most of your time with us.
University can be a life-changing experience. It’s often a bit overwhelming, and there is no harm in acknowledging that. Take time to make friends – some of the friendships you are about to make will last a lifetime, to find your way around and to feel comfortable here. We are delighted to welcome you and we want to help you to be the best you can be.
With best wishes and good luck
Professor Chris Husbands