The majority of University accommodation, including all accommodation at Ranmoor/Endcliffe, does not include any external cladding which could pose a fire risk. However, as part of the assessment, there was a small amount of aluminium composite material cladding identified at Allen Court, which is part of the University’s City accommodation offer.

The University of Sheffield has worked with the owners of Allen Court, IQ Student Accommodation, and South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service to assess the safety of this cladding and any steps that need to be taken. IQ student accommodation is now working to remove the small amount of aluminium composite material cladding from Allen Court. This work will be completed in the coming weeks and will not impact on current or future residents of the building.

We also wanted to reassure you that the Fire Service has confirmed that the building is fully compliant with fire safety standards and is fit for residential occupation.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has assessed the University’s fire safety policy to be outstanding in following best practice safety guidance. The University has mandatory fire safety training for all students and staff to make sure that they understand our safety procedures and know how to use equipment such as fire extinguishers. Our policy for all our buildings is to fully evacuate in the event of a fire alarm. All University buildings have fire drills at least once a year.

For students living in privately rented accommodation, the University is continuing to work with large providers, such as Unite, to share good practice guidance and information. We have also prepared some general information and advice around fire safety available.

If you have any questions around the University of Sheffield’s fire safety policies, please contact safety@sheffield.ac.uk