Support for current students

The Department provides a working environment that is intellectually-challenging but supportive and flexible. As well as academic supervision, each student is allocated a Personal Tutor, and your views on all aspects of our teaching programme are consulted via end-of-semester module questionnaires and regular meetings of the Staff-Student Consultative Committees.

Support for mature students, who have their own specialist tutor, is a particular strength of the Department.

You and the Students' Union

Each department has one Union Representative whose role is to:

  • Improve communication between the Union and students in departments.
  • Raise awareness about Union campaigns and carry out research.
  • Seek the student view point on various academic issues.
  • Develop a knowledge of students issues of concern within the department.
  • Encourage the department to meet the Code of Good Practise for Student Course Representatives in Departments and Faculties.

Your Union Rep is paid by the Union to make your voice heard. If you have a welfare or academic related issue of concern and you don't know who to turn to, ask your Union Rep and they'll point you in the right direction.

Alternatively, you may be interested in learning about the various campaigns that the Union is running. Again, your Union Rep is the person to contact.

Other support services in the University

There are a number of support services run by the University, including Student Services Department, Counselling Service, and Careers Advisory Service. If you are unsure of how to access these and other central services, contact your personal tutor.


Sheffield University Nightline is a telephone listening service run by trained student volunteers. They are anonymous, confidential, non-directive, do not judge anybody and are always happy to listen - no problem is too big or too small!

They're also a good source of information, whether you want to know a taxi number or where the nearest supermarket is.

You can call any time between 8pm and 8am any night in term time, on 2228787 for listening, or 2228788 for information.

You can also email any time about anything, and we will reply within 48 hours (your email address will be hidden so you remain completely anonymous).

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