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Support for research students

Graduate School team

The Graduate School team are responsible for supporting graduate research across the Faculty. This includes support for

  • the Graduate School and research students
  • the head of the Graduate School and postgraduate research tutors
  • Graduate School Committee

Members of the research support team are

  • Bev Chapman (student support officer) works Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (am)
  • Christy Bannister (student support officer) works Wednesday (pm), Thursday and Friday
  • Pam Hibberd works Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Claire Jenkins works Monday, Thursday and Friday (9.30-2.30)

Graduate School
Faculty of Development and Society
Sheffield Hallam University
Unit 9, Science Park
City Campus
Sheffield S1 1WB

Phone 0114 225 3669
or 0114 225 3670
or 0114 225 3671
or 0114 225 6236
Fax 0114 225 3673
Email fdsresearch@shu.ac.uk

Research tutor contact details

Natural and Built environment Professor Paul Stephenson p.stephenson@shu.ac.uk
Housing, regeneration and labour markets Ryan Powell r.s.powell@shu.ac.uk
Education Dr Paul Garland p.garland@shu.ac.uk
Humanities Dr Merv Lewis m.j.lewis@shu.ac.uk
Sociology and psychology Dr Julia Hirst j.hirst@shu.ac.uk
Law and criminology James Marson j.marson@shu.ac.uk

Events and seminar programmes

A regular programme of events and seminars provides opportunities for researchers to present and discuss their work. They are regarded as an essential part of the research student experience.

Funding information

Funding of a research degree programme is always a challenge. Regrettably, funding of research degrees is in short supply and therefore very competitive. Most students who are working on their research part-time while in paid employment are able to support themselves. As far as full-time degrees are concerned there are several other possible sources of funding

  • the University or Faculty itself is sometimes able to offer bursaries in specific subject areas
  • the Student Loans Company does not cover postgraduate study, but it may be possible to get a Career Development Loan where the programme is very clearly vocationally relevant. See Direct.gov.uk for further information.
  • it may be possible to take out a bank or building society loan to cover some of the expense of a research degree
  • some charities or educational trusts may consider requests for funding. The Prospects website may help you begin an investigation of this possibility.
  • if you have a Sheffield Hallam University undergraduate or MA degree you may be entitled to a 10 percent discount in PhD fees

Life of a research degree student

Please see our life of a research student page to find out more about admission, enrolment, confirmation of registration, examination, submission of thesis, conferment, and other stages.


A Faculty research student newsletter is produced on a regular basis and emailed to all current research students.

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