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Teaching and learning

Last reviewed: 5pm, 14 April 2021

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Your timetable • Work experience and placements • Specialist equipmentStudent exchanges • Assessments and exams • Postgraduate research students • International students

Your timetable

Your timetable for Semester 2 shows all live teaching sessions, whether face-to-face or online. Most courses are being delivered online unless they have essential practical elements.

Please continue to attend all your timetabled sessions unless you are advised otherwise. Online sessions will take place at the same times as they would have done on campus. Check the Blackboard sites for your course and modules regularly for changes.

Resuming face-to-face teaching

Following the government’s April 13 update on in-person teaching, students who are learning online will not be able to return to campus teaching before 17 May.

This means that most of our undergraduate students will not have planned on-campus teaching before exams and assessments begin. 

Postgraduate students

For postgraduate taught students, we plan to resume on-campus teaching from 17 May. We will contact you directly with details.

Postgraduate research students can access specialist research facilities where necessary. If you do not need these facilities, please continue to study from home.

We are developing plans for further reopening of research spaces and other facilities. We aim to provide many campus facilities for research students from 17 May, and will update you through Blackboard and research institute communications.

International students

If you are an international student, whether in Sheffield or in your home country, our International Experience Team will contact you to discuss your options for the remainder of the academic year.

Teaching and learning in 2021–22

We are working hard to ensure opportunities to recoup delayed learning and practical experiences, whether over the summer or in the first few weeks of Semester 1 in September. We will update you as plans are confirmed.

Support for final year students

If you are graduating this year, you can take advantage of our Class of 2021 offer. This is a wide-ranging package of support to help you address the challenges you’ll face as graduates and to make the most of the time you have left at Hallam.

Access to buildings and study spaces

University buildings are open for essential access, including:

  • teaching spaces for scheduled on campus teaching sessions
  • specialist and technical spaces for practical teaching and self-directed learning
  • 24/7 access to library resources online and on campus
  • open study spaces safely set up for individual or small group working.

Specialist and technical spaces must be booked in advance. To find out more and make a booking, visit the specialist spaces page 

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Specialist equipment loans for remote learning

Loans of selected specialist equipment are available, and can be provided by home delivery or click and collect from campus. This equipment could be for applied learning across timetabled activities, self-directed learning, project work, or research. 
Our technical team will offer advice on using equipment through recorded demos and video calls.

Please discuss any requirements with our technical team by emailing the ! Technical support inbox

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If you are an apprentice your teaching will predominantly be delivered online, unless your Course Leader confirms any specific arrangements to support your progress and to meet employer requirements. This includes Apprenticeship Progress Reviews which will continue to be done online, to support your continued development in the workplace.

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Placement based assessment activity will continue as planned. For many courses, Health, Initial Teacher Training and Sandwich placements, this is an integral part of your progression, so, you should attend your placement unless you are specifically told otherwise. You will receive specific communications from your course in the coming days on any changes. Please follow any instructions given by your course or employer for placements.

Sandwich placements

Please refer to the placements pages for support, information and updates.

Education placements

For the most up to date information please refer to our Education page.

Health and social care placements

Support and information for students on health and social care placements can be found on our professional information section.

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Student exchanges

Student exchanges in or out of the UK have sadly been suspended between December 1 2020 and April 30 2021. This includes all inbound and outbound student exchanges for semester 2 of the current academic year, 2020–21. Students affected have been contacted with further information and next steps.

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Assessments and exams

We recognise the ongoing impact of the pandemic on our students’ learning experience. The assessment support page tells you more about our approach to assessment during the pandemic and in the academic year 2020/21. There is also guidance on how we can support you, information about extensions, retakes and support for individual circumstances.

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Postgraduate research students

Postgraduate research students should work remotely online unless you need to access essential specialist equipment, facilities or laboratory space. Please speak to your supervisor and check the coronavirus folder on the Research Degrees Blackboard site for updates.

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International students

Check the International Experience Team pages for more information on our arrival support. This includes enrolment, arrival in the UK, airport pick-ups, delays to your arrival, self quarantine, orientation and starting your course.

Support with visa applications

We are available online every work day, Monday to Friday, from 11am-12pm BST on Skype @SHUISST to support you with your visa application. Just send a message during the hour, with your name and student number, and we will call you back – there is no need to book.

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