Students with caring responsibilities

The University provides information for students with caring responsibilities and for students with children.

In ScHARR we are committed to supporting students with caring and/or family responsibilities to balance their learning with those responsibilities.

Lectures and mode of study

If your caring responsibilities mean you need to arrive late for or leave early from teaching sessions we can accommodate such requests by arrangement with the relevant teaching staff.  Please contact the programme administration team to make arrangements.

Teaching materials, reading lists and additional resources for modules are available on Blackboard and can be accessed at any time.

Within the constraints of the University's timetable, we aim to make our timetables 'friendly' to those with caring responsibilities by limiting the number of days on which you will need to attend campus. Contact us if your caring responsibilities make attending your timetabled sessions difficult.

If you need greater flexibility to accommodate caring commitments, several of our programmes are available part-time or taught fully online.

Baby feeding and expressing room

There is a baby feeding room in Regent Court.

Room G033e is on the ground floor and can be booked in advance using the forms available outside the room.  Use the fridge in the Common Room, also on the ground floor of Regent Court, if you need to store milk for your baby.

Childcare provision

The Students' Union runs a nursery for children of students of the University.

Sport Sheffield runs Active Kids, a multi-sport and activity camp during the school holidays.

Information about financial assistance for help with childcare is available from the Student Advice Centre at:

Mature students

SSiD also provides information specifically for mature students.

Dan Beever
Part time student, Master of Public Health (Management & Leadership) course, 2012-13:
"As a result of some issues during my wife's pregnancy, I found staff to be very supportive and flexible in terms of providing me with materials from classes I'd missed, as well as allowing me an extension and helping to facilitate this."