Facilities for Students

If you choose to study at the University of Sheffield, you will become part of a large community of graduate students, who are well-catered for in terms of facilities and resources, and you will have access to all necessary facilities to help you to successfully complete your degree.


HEDS is located with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in and around the Regent Court building. Within the School, there are excellent facilities for PhD study. You will be offered a place in one of the School´s postgraduate student offices, with a computer connected to the campus network and a telephone. You will be given your own computer account that enables use of email, internet, plus all the other normal software packages including word-processing, spreadsheets, specialist statistical packages and on-line journals.

All registered postgraduate research students can use ScHARR's research student offices, all located two minutes' walk from Regent Court.  The offices contain networked PCs, a printer and telephone facilities with 24 hour access.


ScHARR Library is located on the first floor of Regent Court and is open everyday between 10am and 3pm.

We are an in-house resource dedicated to providing ScHARR students with advice relating to their studies whilst providing a space for quiet study or group work. Our team of library staff are highly skilled and are on-hand to provide a specialist health and social care information service specifically aimed at the needs of ScHARR students. Information Specialists can help you with the following:

  • Literature searching
  • Reference management
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Information skills
  • Critical appraisal
  • Document Supply (this allows you to get hold of articles and books that aren't available in any of the University libraries!)

Our book and journal stock has been carefully curated in line with module reading lists to include all the core texts you'll need for your course. This collection also includes online access to hundreds of ebooks, journals and health related bibliographic databases via StarPlus. The library has a suite of 7 PCs, wireless internet access, loanable Chromebooks for busy periods, individual and group study spaces as well as dedicated student printers and photocopiers.

As a ScHARR student you will have access to IRIS (Information Resources Information Study Skills) which is a tailor-made, online learning programme available via MOLE which aims to equip all students with the basic information-related study skills necessary to support their studies and their work and research once they have left ScHARR. During Semester 2 you will also have access to an 'Infoskills' training session, which is a 20 minute, face-to-face meeting with an Information Specialist.

To compliment all that we offer in ScHARR Library, please visit the The University Library web pages for details of other resources and study spaces in and around the University campus.

Please stay in touch:

Everything you need to know about us can be found here

Where to find us: ScHARR Library, First Floor, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield S1 4DA, 0114 2225420

Email us at: scharrlib@sheffield.ac.uk

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The University's Information Commons is a five minute walk from ScHARR and is also open 24 hours a day every day of the year. The Commons includes study space for 1300 students and has extensive wireless internet access. In addition, you can access the University's electronic resources (including email and library applications) from home using portal.shef.ac.uk.

The University Main Library, located on the main campus about five minutes' walk from Regent Court, offers a full range of modern information-retrieval facilities as well as a pleasant environment for quiet study. It has a comprehensive collection of books and journals in most fields.


The University offers a variety of language courses for students whose first language is not English. General courses are available, and also courses on thesis writing and on speaking skills for research purposes.  The University provides support services for maths and stats help (MASH), writing advice and other study skills.