USIC Link Tutors

The University of Sheffield International College (USIC) is a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Study Group, a leading provider of pathway programmes. Situated on the University campus, USIC provides a pathway to the University for international students, equipping them with the academic skills, key subject knowledge and English language ability necessary for study at the University.

USIC offers Foundation programmes leading to entry to undergraduate degrees and Pre-Masters programmes leading to entry to Masters degrees in over 30 departments across the University. Whilst Study Group is responsible for the management of USIC, registration and support of students, development and delivery of the programmes and academic quality assurance, it works closely with the University in all these areas.

USIC students are provided with access to a number of University facilities and, on successful completion of their studies at USIC, they progress to the University degree course associated with their USIC programme.

In order to provide academic coordination with USIC in relation to progression and student transitions, Faculties and Departments taking students from USIC have appointed Link Tutors. The respective Faculty USIC Link Tutor and Departmental USIC Link Tutor roles are set out here.

LeTS work closely with Link Tutors to support the University's contribution to the academic management of USIC in the following ways:

  • facilitates University input into the development and review of the curriculum at USIC;
  • supports faculties and departments to develop new progression routes, make changes to existing progression routes and withdraw discontinued progression routes;
  • provides advice to faculties and departments on academic aspects of the University's relationship with USIC, liaising in particular with Faculty and Departmental Link Tutors; and
  • manages and contributes to elements of Joint TUoS-USIC governance, including the Joint Academic Management Board and Joint Operations Committee, to help ensure appropriate processes are in place to provide a high quality student experience.

For further information, please contact Karen Anderson in APSE (E:, T: 0114 222 1744)

Please note that any queries related to requirements for progression from USIC to the University should be directed to Karen McGowan in the Admissions Team (E:, T: 0114 222 1422)

You can access information relating to USIC via the following links: