We're based in the Hicks Building, which is where you'll have most of your lectures, tutorials and computer workshops.

Hicks Building

The building also houses meeting rooms, where you can collaborate with other students on group work, and a common room for Maths and Physics students.

The Hicks building is right next to the Students' Union, and just down the road from the 24/7 library facilities at the Information Commons and the Diamond.

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The Hicks Building has lots of classrooms where you'll have small group teaching sessions and computer workshops.

Staff officers are also used for problems classes and personal tutor meetings.

Lecture theatres

There are several lecture theatres in our building, but you might also have lectures in other University venues, close the the accommodation and Students' Union. Lectures are recorded so you can return to them later.

Student spaces

Students in our department, and in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, are free to socialise in the Barry Jackson common room, which was recently refurbished thanks to an alumni donation.

We also have desk study spaces where, by student request, computers are not provided so that you can work without distractions.

Computer facilities

There are bookable computers available in the department, and 1,600 computers available through the University's library services, including at the Diamond and Information Commons, both of which are open to students 24/7.

The University of Sheffield's library services were voted joint first in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2017.

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