Plans to reduce our costs

Plans to reduce our costs

Last updated: 8 February 2024

We’re proud that Sheffield Hallam is one of the largest and most popular universities in the country. And we’re committed to giving you the best possible student experience.

Like many universities across the country, we are currently experiencing some financial challenges. Here are some steps we’re taking to reduce our costs.

Financial challenges for universities

These challenges affecting many universities are largely due to:

  • increasing costs because of high inflation 
  • rising pension and energy costs 
  • the undergraduate student fee has remained the same for more than a decade.

Voluntary Severance Scheme for academic staff

The voluntary severance scheme has now closed. Some academic staff have chosen to leave their roles at the University through the scheme. 

This means that some of the teaching staff on your course may change over the coming weeks and months. On some courses staff changes could take place sooner. 

Not all courses will be affected. 

If you’re affected, you will be contacted by your department, so keep checking your emails.

Please be reassured that we have plans in place to ensure that there is a smooth transition. At all times, we’re doing everything possible to minimise disruption to your studies. 

Any changes will not affect your ability to continue with your course. 

New College structures

We are exploring new College structures and opportunities to consolidate Departments. A consultation period on the new approach is running with staff and trade unions until 22 February 2024.

Any changes to College and Department structures will take effect from the 2024/25 academic year.

Future investment

At the same time, we are investing for the future. New buildings and facilities in Sheffield will be open in the next academic year, with brand new state-of-the-art teaching, learning and study spaces.

Accessing support 

We understand that changes to your teaching staff may be worrying for you. So do look out for communications from your department, so that you’re always up to date. And please reach out for support: