About the School

Attendance Requirement

Attendance and engagement with your programme of study

There is a School policy for attendance and engagement and each unit, short-course, programme has a minimum attendance requirement (details will be in the individual handbooks). Professionally accredited programmes will have their own attendance requirements set by the professional body and will be stated in the relevant handbook.

University general regulations require you to attend your programme of study, engage with the learning process and actively contribute to the learning activities arranged for you and your peers. Under the regulations every student is required to abide by the University of Sheffield Student Code of Commitment: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/ourcommitment

A register of attendance will be kept for all units delivered by the school and if you are not able to attend you must fill in the appropriate paperwork as required by the university http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/forms/circs
Any concerns raised by school staff or your peers about your attendance and or engagement will be considered under the School policy arrangements and may result in:


All timetables identify a start and end time for taught study. Students should ensure they arrive in time to start as late entry may be disruptive and affect the learning experience of others.

The lecturer has the right to deny access to the room for latecomers and students that are persistently late may be referred for review by School and/or faculty.

Start times

The start time of your programme and subsequent days unless otherwise will be given in the individual handbooks.

Car Parking

Car parking is available on the both the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General Hospitals sites as pay and display. There is also pay and display parking at the Francis Newton Pub further up from Barber House but there are time limits on this. You may also consider Durham Road Parking.

In case of sickness

If you are ill during study time you need to inform the programme/unit coordinator for the programme you are registered on and contact details will be found within the programme/unit MOLE site. For those programmes/units/short course with a placement element, if sickness occurs during clinical time you must inform the placement as well as the relevant programme/unit co-ordinator.

Opting-Out of study sessions

If you wish to opt out of a particular session you will need to demonstrate that you have already met the learning outcomes for that session. This must be done by prior negotiation at least one week before the session with the relevant unit leader. Negotiation slips, available from the relevant Programme Coordinator are to be used to negotiate out of sessions.

Any course member who does not attend the study sessions without prior negotiation, or who has not informed the programme coordinator or the lecturer, will be regarded as being absent. The School of Nursing and Midwifery may be required to give information regarding course attendance to those bodies who are funding and/or supporting your place.

Canteen/Refreshment Facilities

A student kitchen can be found at the School of Nursing and Midwifery in the basement of Barber House. Drinks facilities are also available in the social space in Barber House.
Snacks and drinks are available from a number of outlets around the University campus and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has a number of catering facilities that can be accessed by students. For those at the Northern General Hospital site there is a canteen in the clock tower.

Drinks and food should not be taken into class.

Student representation

The University places great value on the opinions of its students and there are numerous opportunities for you to get involved at both departmental and faculty level, here you can have your say and also to represent the views of other students. These opportunities are supplemented by a range of surveys and evaluations which you will be invited to participate in: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/snm/current/rep

Recording of lectures

The University of Sheffield uses the lecture capture software “Encore” which will by default record lectures in enabled rooms.. Recordings can be accessed via MOLE for your convenience. This records sound and images on the screen only from the lectern PC.  For more information please go to: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/cics/encore/students

If you would like to record a lecture that is not captured by Encore, the recording of lectures by students is only permitted in certain circumstances. Please complete from the downloads section to negotiate this with the lecturer responsible for the session(s) you wish to record.

Unit Evaluation

Whilst you are a student, you will have opportunities to formally evaluate the quality of your programme/unit of study as per the University of Sheffield standards. Student evaluation is an essential part of assuring the quality of the school's provision and provides us with essential feedback on your experiences of your programmes of study. It is important that we receive a good response rate to student evaluations, as your feedback is an essential part of helping us to maintain the quality of teaching and learning provision, and may benefit you and future students. For those students on professional programmes this is part of their professional responsibility. Quality reviews of departments’ teaching and learning consistently demonstrate ways in which student feedback often does lead to changes being made to units and programmes.

Evaluations are collected to form part of a written report that is submitted to the Board of Studies which meets annually and make recommendations based on the findings. The following issues are usually addressed:

● Teaching and Learning support
● Module Content
● Assessment and Feedback
● Overall satisfaction

We will endeavour to provide you with feedback on the issues that students have raised through the evaluation process and how we are addressing these.

You are encouraged to nominate/elect a student representative to discuss issues at the Board of Studies/programme development group/student staff committee (see 2.24). Management of evaluation is reported from Boards of Studies to the Staff Student Committee and the School Learning and Teaching Committee. It also reported to the University through the Annual Reflection of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.