Learning and teaching
We've adapted our teaching to make sure you continue to receive a world-class education from our teachers.
Covid-19 testing when you return to Sheffield
For those who need to attend campus, the University will remain open. Study spaces on campus are available.
Hear from our students
Access to the Information Commons and Western Bank Library is available through bookable slots.
You must wear a face covering in our libraries, unless you are exempt due to a medical reason or a disability.
Where possible, we encourage you to chat with us online via Live Chat, or email: email@example.com. Library staff will be also available at reception points for help.
The University's extensive digital library is open as usual. Our online service has almost a million ebooks and over 60,000 journal titles along with a virtual library team and specialist librarians ready to support you to ensure your studies are unaffected as much as possible.
For support with online learning, please read our guidance:
Download software to use at home
We have a range of software to support you while you work and study from home.
Financial support and IT equipment
If you cannot afford an internet connection or are unable to access one because of where you live please contact our Fees and Funding team to discuss your options.
If you are concerned that you might not be able to afford equipment to study remotely the University can provide laptops on long term loan or a grant depending on your circumstances. Further information is available on our IT equipment support page.
Accessing your emails
If you think you may have issues accessing your University Gmail account from home, you should set up automatically forwarding Gmail messages to your personal account (Gmail help). Contact IT Services for more information and help.
Online Writing Advisory Service
The English Language Teaching Centre offers an Online Writing Advisory Service, where you can submit a piece of writing online for a tutor to comment on and return.
Your appointment slot will be the time and day by which your writing will be returned and commented on. After booking, you'lll be sent a form to add your name and email to, followed by a document to add your text. Please do this as soon as you receive the document to make sure you get your comments back on time.
Tutors provide advice on aspects such as language use, sentence and paragraph structure, organisation and linking of ideas, or referencing conventions. The Writing Advisory Service isn't a proofreading service – the team will point out general areas for improvement rather than checking every word.
If you have any questions or problems about the Online Writing Advisory Service please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring semester formal examinations have been replaced by alternative or online assessments.
There are a small number of exceptions, for example practical, professional or lab based assessments. If you are required to attend an examination on campus, your department will be in touch with more information.
What to do if you have symptoms or you’re self-isolating
If you’re experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, or self-isolating for any other reason, please follow our guidance, which includes how to inform the University so we can support you.
If you need to self-isolate and you are too unwell to engage in online learning, this will not impact any Tier 4 visa requirements for international students. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has indicated that it will work to ensure students are not disadvantaged by the situation.
If you’re registered on a programme with study abroad in the 2020–21 academic year as a mandatory and integral part of your course, then this may continue, subject to risk assessment (including Foreign Office travel advice) and restrictions in place at your host university. You should speak with your department about the necessary travel arrangements.
Optional study abroad and international placements are cancelled for the 2020/21 academic year. Your department will advise you of alternative arrangements as soon as possible.
Undergraduate and postgraduate taught students
We recognise that, as a result of Covid-19, medical or personal circumstances might mean you’d like to explore the possibility of pausing your studies, and taking a period of leave.
If this is the case, please first discuss your options with your academic department to ensure that this is the most appropriate course of action for you. If, after you’ve considered your options, you’d prefer to take a break from your studies, you can apply to take a leave of absence for a set period. We will be supportive of requests that are made on the basis of coronavirus impacts.
Postgraduate research students
Support – get in touch
Our extensive range of support services for students are all available online.