SHU Progress is available to all undergraduate applicants who meet one or more of the criteria below:
You are a care leaver
You have spent three or more months in local authority 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 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 which could be due to illness, disability, mental health condition or addiction. You may or may not be in receipt of carers allowance. Please note parental responsibilities do not automatically mean you have caring responsibilities, unless you are providing care for somebody with additional needs.
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 L3 studies
You have experienced a serious, recent event which was outside your control and has significantly affected or interrupted your level three studies (i.e. had a negative impact upon your ability to prepare for or take a level three assessment).
You are experiencing financial difficulty 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 are unable to 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 21 or over and are returning to learning after a break.
You are homeless or risk of homelessness
You may be homeless/risk of homelessness if you:
are sleeping rough
are staying in a hostel or night shelter
are staying with friends or family on a temporary basis
are forced to live apart from your family or someone you would normally live with because your accommodation isn't suitable
live in unsuitable housing
don't have rights to stay where you are
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 from a refugee or asylum seeking background
You are unable to remain in your home country due to trauma or persecution and cannot return for safety reasons.
You are from a military family
You are from an armed forces family and your parents/carers served in the armed forces during the first 25 years of your life.
You are a military veteran or service leaver
You have experience of serving in the armed forces.
You are from a Black British Background
Sheffield Hallam is working hard to increase the number of Black British students studying at our university and therefore we encourage Black British* people applying to the university to join our SHU Progress Scheme. To be eligible to take part in the scheme you will be:
a Black British person (either African descent, Black African-Caribbean, or another Black background or a Black British person with dual heritage).
paying ‘Home’ (UK student) fees.
There is no age restriction, and the scheme applies to all full-time undergraduate subjects.
Sheffield Hallam University's vision is to create and sustain a safe, inclusive environment, where diversity is valued and celebrated. If you have any questions or need any support around LGBTQ+ issues, please do not hesitate to ask us.