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Care Leaver Covenant Signatory Member Logo SHU Progress provides support for students whose personal circumstances might mean that they face barriers to going to university. 

If you are going to apply to Sheffield Hallam University, SHU Progress provides additional support in your year of application helping you throughout the application process and beyond.

What support do I get?

Before or when you apply to Sheffield Hallam your teacher or tutor can submit additional information about your personal circumstances on your behalf.

You then get extra support, including:

  • A personal contact at the university who will be there to provide advice and answer your questions throughout the year
  • Exclusive and personal visits to the university, giving you the chance to meet current students and staff who can advise and support you
  • Support with making the best application to us, including workshops on preparing for interviews
  • Support with the costs of visiting the university for our events and for open and offer holder days
  • Exclusive updates from your personal contact that will include details of relevant additional financial or personal support, as well as more general support throughout the year

If you are in or leaving care, are estranged from your family, have caring responsibilities, have experienced significant extenuating circumstances, are homeless or at risk of homelessness or are a refugee, SHU Progress also offers additional consideration during the admissions process.

This means that your personal circumstances will be shared with admissions tutors to consider when making a decision on your application to the university at confirmation or interview offer making stage.

You can share this leaflet (PDF 88KB) with your referee for their information.

Am I eligible?

SHU Progress is available to all prospective students who meet one or more of the criteria below.

  • You are a care leaver

    You have spent three or more months in care while at school, from Year 10 onwards. You will also be 25 or younger when you start your course.

  • You are estranged from your parents

    You are estranged from your immediate family, being estranged from someone means you’re no longer in contact or on friendly terms with them.

  • You are a care experienced

    You have had experience of care in the past, but do not fall into one of the above categories (care leaver, or estranged).

  • You are a carer

    You care for a family member or friend in an unpaid capacity. This could be due to illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction.

  • You have a disability

    You have a disability which affects your everyday life. This could include learning difficulties like dyslexia and dyspraxia, mental health issues, or ongoing medical conditions.

  • You have experienced circumstances which have affected or interrupted your studies

    For example, you have suffered serious illness or bereavement.

  • You are experiencing financial difficultly or hardship

    You come from a household with an annual income of less than £25,000, or you are experiencing financial hardship which affects your choice of places to study.

  • You can't move away from your home area to go to university

    You have circumstances that mean you need to be able to study close to home, these could include cultural reasons or family commitments.

  • You are a mature student

    You are aged 25 or over and are returning to learning after a break.

  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness

    You may be homeless/risk of homelessness if:

    • you live in unsuitable housing
    • don't have rights to stay where you are
    • are staying with friends or family on a temporary basis
    • you are sleeping rough
    • you are staying in a hostel or night shelter
    • you are forced to live apart from your family or someone you would normally live with because your accommodation isn't suitable

    If you are if you are homeless (or at risk of homelessness) and have no contact with your parents, we consider you to be estranged, see above criteria

  • You are a refugee

    • You have refugee status or have been granted humanitarian protection, or you are a dependant of someone who has been granted a refugee status or humanitarian protection.

Who can nominate me and how do I get nominated?

SHU Progress for 2019 entry is now closed for nominations.

However we will consider late nominations for students in the following categories:

  • Care Leaver
  • Estranged Students
  • Student Carers
  • Students who have experienced recent extenuating circumstances
  • Students who are homeless or who are at risk of homelessness
  • Refugees

Please read this privacy notice (PDF 260KB) with your referee and ask them to complete a SHU Progress application form on your behalf.

You can share this leaflet (PDF 88KB) with your referee for their information.

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