Orientation 2021

Our Orientation events and activities are designed to give you a little extra time to settle into life in Sheffield and the University. They’re available to both new and existing students, UK and international.



Our Orientation programme runs from Monday 13 to Friday 17 September as part of the Global Campus initiative

The programme includes online information sessions and social events. There will also be some face-to-face events if you’re in Sheffield and not self-isolating.

The programme is free, and will be run by our team of fully-trained Global Campus Ambassadors. They’re all experienced students at the University, so feel free to ask them any questions. 

The Orientation programme is optional, you’re not required to attend in order to register as a student. 

Check out our Facebook Page for further details of programme sessions and events

Accessing the events

Online events will take place via Google Meet or Blackboard, you can access them from links to the main programme. Face-to-face events are marked on the programme as F2F. 

Recordings of the main information sessions will also be available to access in your own time.

There’s events and activities all week, so it’s best not to do too much in one go. You can view the schedule below so you can plan your time.

Not sure where to go? Look out for our Ambassadors in orange in the concourse on central campus and they’ll point you in the right direction!

The programme

The programme includes:

Information sessions

Welcome to Orientation

Each morning, members of staff from our Student Experience and Support team will welcome you to the Orientation programme and answer any questions you have about settling in to Sheffield.

Click on the links below to join a session. 

Information talks

Staff from various University services and the Students’ Union Officers’ team outline the support they offer and take your questions. 

Click on the links below to join a session. 

301 Academic Skills Centre: studying in the UK 

Staff from the University’s academic skills centre (also known as ‘301’) give advice on how you can develop the skills to succeed at a UK University.

A University for Steel City: A brief history of the University of Sheffield 

Dr Tim Cooper from the Global Campus team, and a former teacher of History at the University tells the story of how one of the world’s first industrial cities became a centre of learning.

British culture: A beginners’ guide

Dr Tim Cooper takes a light-hearted look at some key aspects of British behaviour to help you adapt quickly to life in the UK.

Careers Service

Find out how our Careers Service can help you make the most of your future, both during and after your studies.

Careers Service Orientation video

The Chaplaincy Centre

Members of our Chaplaincy Team tell you about the support available for students from different religious backgrounds.

English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)

An outline of the help provided by the ELTC aimed at improving your academic and social language skills.

Faith and culture in Sheffield

A member of the Chaplaincy Service discusses some of the cultural background to religious practice in Sheffield.

Immigration information for international students

A member of our International Student Support team outlines your responsibilities under UK immigration regulations and the visa and immigration support available to you. 

Introduction to the Student Advice Centre

Find out about the specialist help you can get from the Students Union.

Library service

An introduction to our extensive Library facilities and how to use them effectively to support your studies.

The Peak District: A beginners’ guide

Dr Tim Cooper provides a brief history of the UK’s first National Park and tips on how to go about exploring its wonderful natural landscapes.

Safety and security

Campus Police Officer Simon Nolan gives you advice about keeping yourself and your property safe while you’re in Sheffield.

Student welfare and wellbeing

Staff from our Student Welfare and Wellbeing Service provide advice on how to look after yourself and how to get help when you need it.

Students’ Union (SU) sports and activities

SU Officers Charlotte McGinley and Morgan McArthur advise you on becoming an active participant in the SU.

Understanding plagiarism

Members of our Academic Skills team advise you on how to present your work while adhering to academic regulations. 

Download the session slides below:

Plagiarism and unfair means slides (PDF, 1.3MB)

University Health Service (UHS)

Staff from UHS tell you how you can access healthcare while you’re in the UK and outline specific support that is available on campus.

Welcome to the Students’ Union (SU)

The SU President and officers give you advice on making the most of your time in Sheffield.

Welcome from the SU International and Community Officer

SU Officer Taylor Ogle welcomes you to the University and outlines the support available for international students.

Working in the UK and after study

Advice on working both during and after your study from a member of the University's international student support team.

Campus tours

Join one of our tours and our Ambassadors will show you around key areas of the campus to help you get your bearings. If you’re self-isolating, don’t worry, our Ambassadors will give you a live video tour of key areas of the campus to help you get your bearings.

Western bank campus tour


  • Alfred Denny Building (Animal and Plant Sciences)
  • Arts Tower
  • Bartolome House (Law)
  • Dainton Building (Chemistry)
  • Firth Court
  • Geography and Urban Planning
  • Hicks Building (Mathematics, Physics & Astronomy)
  • Octagon centre
  • Richard Roberts Building (Chemistry)
  • Students’ Union
  • Western Bank Library
  • Weston Park

Depart from outside main entrance to Students’ Union (or via the link below) every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00.

West campus tour 


  • Dental Hospital
  • Dental School
  • Elmfield Building (Politics, International Relations, Sociology)
  • Goodwin Sports Centre (Sport Sheffield)
  • Management School
  • Medical School
  • Social Sciences Modular Teaching Village

Depart from outside the Octagon Centre (or via the link below) every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00.

St Georges campus tour


  • 38 Mappin Street
  • Amy Johnson Building (Automatic Control & Systems Engineering)
  • Diamond
  • Economics
  • Harry Brearley Building
  • Heartspace
  • Jessop West (Arts & Humanities)
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Pam Liversidge Building
  • Regent Court (Computer Studies, Information Studies, ScHaRR)
  • Sir Frederick Mappin Building (Civil & Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, EEE)
  • Sir Robert Hadfield Building (Chemical & Biological Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering)
  • St George’s Lecture Theatre and Flats

Depart from outside Jessop West building (or via the link below) every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00.

North campus tour 


  • Allen Court
  • Broad Lane Court
  • George Porter Building
  • Kroto Research Institute
  • Nanoscience & Technology Centre
  • North Campus Modular Village
  • St Vincent's

Depart from Diamond, South Entrance (or via the link below) every day at 10.00, 12.00, 14.00, 16.00.

Campus to city centre tours (F2F)

Our Ambassadors will take you on a walking tour from the centre of campus to the city centre via Glossop Road and West Street and back via Division Street and Devonshire Green. If you’re self-isolating, don’t worry, our Ambassadors will follow each tour with a live video link.

Depart from outside main entrance to Students’ Union (or via the link below) every day at 11.00, 13.00, 15.00.

        Campus history tours (F2F)

        Get to know your new University by discovering interesting people and facts associated with its historical development.

        Social activities

        Arts and crafts (F2F)

        A fun session led by members of the Students' Union Arts & Crafts Society where you get to make things to keep.

        • Tuesday 14th September, 17.00-19.00, SU Activities Zone

        Arts and crafts (online)

        Get together online with our Ambassadors and fellow students to make things from materials you have lying around you.

        Dru yoga (Online)

        A qualified instructor introduces you to a combination of simple movements and breathing that you can do in your own room to get your mind and body ready for the challenges ahead.

        Game time (online)

        Get together with our Ambassadors and fellow-students to play fun online games.

        Global cafe (F2F)

        The famous Global Campus flagship event held in Coffee Revolution, Students Union.

        • Tuesday 14th September 15.00-17.00
        • Thursday 16th September 15.00-17.00

        Global hangout

        Drop in online with Ambassadors and fellow-students to relax and chat.

        Icebreaker drop-in (F2F)

        Drop in any time to the historic Firth Hall, meet our Ambassadors and join in fun icebreaker activities.

        • Thursday September 16th, 09.00-18.00, Firth Hall, Firth Court (go in via the main entrance and up the staircase).
        • Friday September 17th, 09.00-13.00, Firth Hall, Firth Court (go in via the main entrance and up the staircase).

        Let’s Dance! (online)

        Join our ambassadors in some fun and easy dance steps from around the world that you perform in your own room.

        Picnic in the Park (F2F)

        Join Ambassadors and fellow-students in Weston Park for games and a chat. Don’t forget to bring your own snacks and drinks! Look out for our ambassadors by the bandstand.

        • Monday to Friday, 13.00-14.00, Weston Park Bandstand.

        Sheffield & UK Quiz

        Test your knowledge about your new home in our fun online quiz.


        Get together with Ambassadors and fellow-students to chat online about hot topics.

        Wellbeing Workshop

        Join members of the University’s Student Welfare and Wellbeing team for tips about staying healthy during your time in Sheffield.

        Online Movie Party

        Watch a current movie while chatting with fellow-students and ambassadors.

        Global Music Party (online)

        Celebrate the end of Orientation Week with a headphone party playlist from around the world chosen by our ambassadors. You can request tracks through our Facebook page too!

        Pop-up Chaplaincy, Coffee Revolution

        Got questions, want info, or just want a quiet coffee?  Meet Chaplaincy team members in Coffee Revolution (Look for the blue hoodies).

        • Monday 13th September, 2.30pm, Coffee Revolution .

        Mindfulness Walk (Chaplaincy)

        • Tuesday 14th September, 1.00pm, Meet at Octagon steps.

        Practice being aware of yourself and the world around you.

        Brunch with the Chaplaincy

          Come and discover the Chaplaincy and start your day or take a break with our free late breakfast

          • Wednesday 15th September, 10.30am, The Chaplaincy Centre, Octagon Centre.

          Treasure Hunt (Chaplaincy)

          A fun chance to find out about the local area.

          • Wednesday 15th September, 1.00pm, Meet at Octagon steps.

          Coffee Cookies Conversation

          Come and have a free drink and a cookie in the award winning Heartspace and get a chance to chat to other new students.  Hosted by the Chaplaincy team.

          • Thursday 16th September, 3.00pm, Heartspace Cafe.

          Pop-up Chaplaincy

            Got questions, want info, or just want a quiet coffee?  Meet Chaplaincy team members in Heartspace (Look for the blue hoodies)

            • Friday 17th September 9.30am (Heartspace Cafe)

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