Your development

Information about the full range of Student Support Services such as wellbeing (mental health, counselling and chaplaincy) services can be found on the Help and Support page of MyHallam.  For help and support with the changes to remote/online learning and assessment please visit the Online Learning Support guidance

Academic Skills

Each degree course defines the intellectual, practical and professional skills that students are expected to develop as they study. These are listed in your module handbooks and they have been approved by the Quality Assurance Agency in subject benchmark statements. Sheffield Hallam University also defines the skills expected of Sheffield Hallam graduates through Graduate Attributes

  • Hallam Award – Find out how you can get recognised for the stuff you do outside of your course

Listing skills is a way of describing the learning that is expected of students and these terms are only really meaningful for many students when embedded in the practices of a subject. All courses might expect you to develop your ability to critically analyse information, but obviously a midwife, an engineer and a historian will demonstrate this skill in very different ways. Each course also develops a different skillset. If you take a degree in Biomedical sciences you will be expected to develop the following:

  • Analytical, data interpretation and problem solving skills;
  • Intellectual skills;
  • Practical and professional skills;
  • Communication, presentation and information technology skills;
  • Interpersonal and teamwork skills;
  • Self-management and professional development skills.

Whereas in Art and Design you will develop the following skills:

  • Self-management;
  • Critical engagement;
  • Group/team working and social skills;
  • Skills in communication and presentation;
  • Information skills;
  • Personal qualities;

How can I develop my academic skills?

Your course has been carefully planned to help you develop these skills. The best way to develop them is through your active and thoughtful engagement in your course activities. The people best placed to help you make sense of your subject are the academic staff on your course. At the same time we aim to help you learn to study independently. As students have a range of study preferences there are plenty of resources and services available to help you improve your study techniques and approaches to study.

Who can help me develop my academic skills?

The Skills Centre supports all aspects of study skills development including writing skills to stats help to revision skills. You can also access exam tips online.

Library help

What the library can help you with – find out what the Library can do for you including;

You can contact us via various routes at

Distance Learner support

The Distance Learner Support Service offers additional services for students on designated distance learning courses, such as:

  • extended borrowing periods;
  • postal book loans;
  • access to book chapters and journal articles not available electronically.

Visit the Distance Learner Support Service website.

Tel: (+44) 0114 225 2127    Email:

Student Wellbeing Services

Wellbeing is fundamental to being healthy, fulfilled and content, which in turn helps you become a successful student. Student Wellbeing provides information and advice to support your psychological wellbeing in order for you to manage your studies and make the most of university life. We offer a range of support options including Big White Wall (24/7 access to free, online, confidential support), group sessions and a range of recommended self-help resources. We also offer individual appointments if these are the best option for you.

Student Support contacts

  • IT Help and Support can be located on the My Hallam IT Help support page which also includes support for you working off-campus/remotely and getting support with digital skills. There are also different ways you can contact IT Help.
  • Student Support Services – you are allocated your own Student Support Adviser (SSA) to offer you support and guidance on a variety of topics related to your course or personal wellbeing. If you need help, you can go to any Hallam Help Point and attend the Student Support Adviser drop-in session – for times visit MyHallam. If you wish to make an appointment with your named SSA, you can do this by booking on UniHub or at any Hallam Help Point.
  • Student Union support – visit ‘Advice and Help’.
  • The Careers and Employability Service is open to all current students and graduates of the last 3 years. Their aim is to help you enhance your employability by providing a range of facilities and services to enable you to make well informed decisions about your current and future plans. They offer advice, guidance and information on a range of career-related issues, including:
  1. planning your future;
  2. options with your subject;
  3. getting experience;
  4. finding a job;
  5. CVs/applications/interviews;
  6. meeting an adviser.

Visit them at the Careers Connect Centre near the main entrance to the Owen Building or Email:   Phone: 0114 225 3752 (City)  Phone: 0114 225 2491 (Collegiate)

The Skills Centre

The Skills Centre is a hub in Adsetts Library, which also has delivery at Collegiate Library.  It brings together University services to support your learning and development during your time at university. The website at provides information and booking for a number of different services as well as a range of resources to support your studies from arrival to graduation.


Exam Support

Sitting exams can feel stressful to a lot of us but if you are prepared then you will feel calmer. Take a look at the hints and tips for exam preparation below:

  • Start revision early;
  • Break topics into small chunks;
  • Revise little and often rather than for long periods (half an hour-45 minutes a day for 1 month is better than 16 hours in the 2 days before);
  • Find your own revision style (reading/ writing/ recording/ listening);
  • Take breaks.

Learn how to prepare for exams and reflect on your performance with effective revision methods and strategies for answering different types of exam questions:

  • mental and physical preparation;
  • revision strategies;
  • what to expect on the day of your exam;
  • how to respond to different types of question.

To make sure you prepare well and ace your exams please take a look at our Exam Resources  at The Skills Centre. We also have a couple of videos which will give you some useful ideas on exam revision, performance and coping with nerves;

  • Derby University – John Pessoll, PGCE student
  • Sheffield Hallam University – Delroy Hall, Wellbeing Practitioner;