Academic support services

You can access a range of academic support services offered by the University and locally within ScHARR.


You can access module and programme information online from anywhere in the world using Blackboard, our virtual learning environment (VLE).

Familiarise yourself with Blackboard and access it regularly as this will be the main portal for module information.

Log into Blackboard via MUSE. For advice on getting started with MUSE and Blackboard , see Accessing the Essentials: MUSE and Blackboard.

Academic writing

You will be asked to complete a short test essay early in semester one. This test is designed to assess your academic writing skills at Masters level and to introduce you to the process of submitting work and getting feedback through Turnitin. The writing skills paper will form the basis of your first meeting with your personal tutor.

Department language programme

Lynne Newcombe from the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) works with the departmental Study Skills Coordinator to provide sessions to help students with academic English skills. These sessions are built in to the teaching timetable.

English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)

The ELTC provides a wide range of services to help support and develop your English language skills in an academic context.

  • The Writing Advisory Service (WAS) provides free one-to-one writing tutorials with expert English tutors for both home and international students.
  • English Language Support classes are particularly useful for those who would like extra help with their English. You are encouraged to seek English language support if you got 6.5 or less on your IELTS test.
  • Academic sessions focus on particular topics, such as citation and paraphrasing, critical reading and annotating, proof-reading, etc.

301: Academic Skills Centre

301, based at 301 Glossop Road, provides opportunities for you to develop essential academic and study skills.

  • Study skills workshops cover topics such as managing your time, planning and delivering presentations, critical thinking and writing, dissertation structuring etc.
  • 1:1 study skills tutorials offer the chance to get personalised advice on any aspect of your academic work
  • Mathematics and Statistics Help (MASH) provides one-to-one help to help you look at particular issues you may be encountering with maths or statistics. MASH also runs workshops in maths and statistics related topics.
  • Peer learning lets students come together to share knowledge and experiences.

Information Resources Information Study Skills (IRIS)

IRIS is available to all ScHARR postgraduate taught students via Blackboard and aims to equip students with the basic information-related study skills necessary to support their course and research. All masters students on face-to-face programmes are advised to sign-up to one FIND (in Weeks 1, 5, 7) and one MANAGE session (in Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8) in Semester 1. Further information can be found on Blackboard.

IT Services

IT Services provides a full range of support to all the University’s corporate information and computing services.

The ScHARR student e-journal

The ScHARR student e-journal is a departmental peer-reviewed journal where Masters and postgraduate research students from ScHARR can publish their project work. The journal was launched in May 2014 and has featured work by more than 40 of our students.

Published articles include academic style papers, posters and abstracts as well as informative reflective pieces and podcasts about experiences of being a research student.

The University Library

The University Library supports your studies by providing study space, access to digital and print collections, and staff to help you find and use Library resources effectively.

For general enquiries, contact the Library Help Desk by email telephone 0114 222 720, or ask at the Information Desk at any Library site.

A list of subject contacts in the Library is available here

ScHARR Library and PC Suite

The ScHARR Library and PC Suite is open to all ScHARR students and is located on the first floor of Regent Court (room 1026).  ScHARR students have access to a variety of library and information services which includes a staffed enquiry desk, inter-library loans, book loans, use of the PCs as well as our online catalogue and use of the printer/photocopier (charges are applicable).  Opening hours are from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and our enquiry desk is staffed 11am - 2pm Tuesday - Friday.  We are also available to contact via email at  More specific information about our resources including downloadable inter-library loan forms can be found here.

Accessing library materials off-campus

University and ScHARR Library electronic web-based materials can be accessed from anywhere in the world, providing you have a modern web browser with an active internet connection. This service is available to all registered University of Sheffield students and is accessed through MUSE

Guide to accessing library materials off-campus