SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers to going to university.
The scheme provides additional support in the year of application and throughout the application process, including your transition to becoming a university student.
What support do I get?
As an applicant to Sheffield Hallam University, SHU Progress offers:
- A personal contact at the university who will be there to provide advice and answer your questions throughout the year
- Referrals to specialist teams within the university such as Careers and Employability, Funding, Wellbeing and Inclusive Support (dependent on your circumstances)
- Practical support throughout the year with key stages of the application process such as UCAS, Student Finance, Accommodation, Disabled Student Support and transition
- 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 the costs of visiting the university for our events and open days for you and a supporter
- Support with making the best application to us, including access to workshops on preparing for interviews
- Exclusive access to the SHU Progress Members' Area which provides updates of relevant additional financial or personal support, as well as more general support throughout the year
- A personalised contextual offer for eligible students , depending on the course you've applied for, your qualifications and your circumstances
SHU Progress also offers additional consideration during the admissions process if you:
- are in or leaving care
- are estranged from your family
- have caring responsibilities
- have experienced significant extenuating circumstances
- are homeless/at risk of homelessness
- are from a refugee/asylum seeking background
- or are from a Black British background.
This means we will share with our selectors that you’re on SHU Progress for them to consider when making a decision on your application to the university at confirmation, interview, or offer making stage.
In order to be eligible for this support, it is important you join SHU Progress before or at the time of submitting your application. In line with UCAS’s measures to safeguard bias with the admissions process, we will not disclose the reason you are on the scheme where it relates to your ethnicity.
You can view this leaflet (PDF, 144.1KB) for more information.
“They are all kind and helpful people and understand people's situation no matter what it is.”
“It has been of great support and a truly essential contact bridge for starting university. Very friendly and approachable members of the team who seem to do their best to help”
At Sheffield Hallam University we have a long-standing commitment of supporting underrepresented groups to progress to Higher Education. We are proud to be an earlier adopter of the Care Leaver Covenant, a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and committed to supporting estranged students through the Stand Alone Pledge.
We have been awarded the National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL) Quality Mark, in recognition of our work supporting care experienced students.