Sheffield Hallam University has announced plans to provide an outstanding experience for students returning in September, whilst introducing some key new measures to keep staff and students safe on campus.

As some of the University’s buildings begin to reopen, the procedures have been put in place to support new and returning students to feel safe and secure on campus while still having the best possible university experience.

The University is running its clearing operation this week, both on campus and remotely. Those interested in applying are encouraged to phone (0330 024 6390) or visit www.shu.ac.uk/clearing to discuss their options and apply, irrespective of whether their results have been received yet.

Students will receive a mix of online learning, with increased flexibility to access lectures and resources, and face-to-face teaching including seminars, group study and use of our world class laboratories.

Other facilities including libraries, food and drink outlets and the gym will also be open with new safety measures in place.

The University is working closely with the Students’ Union to support a safe social experience for students with access to societies and some sport as well as increased support services.

A new area of the University’s website has been launched that outlines the safety measures, which include:

  • limiting the number of people in buildings to support social distancing
  • controls at the entrances and exits of buildings, including temperature checks
  • hand sanitisers, face masks and protective screens throughout campus
  • an enhanced cleaning programme in all buildings
  • a clear track and trace process, following guidance set by Public Health England
  • safe, quiet spaces in both libraries for working on your own
  • campus food outlets offering takeaway services and dedicated reserved spaces in cafes

Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands, said: “COVID has changed so much for everyone.  At Sheffield Hallam, we are determined to use what we’ve learnt to make sure every student has an exciting and engaging course in a safe and supportive environment.

“We know our teaching is excellent, and that our social activities and support services are first-rate. This Autumn, we’ll welcome new and returning students to Sheffield Hallam for an experience which builds on our excellent provision and learns from what we’ve done in the past five months.”

Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union President, Andrew Adegbola said: “We are very much looking forward to greeting students at the Students’ Union this autumn. We are making final preparations for our Welcome 2020 events, which will look a little different this year, however, during semester one, everyone can still expect plenty of fun and excitement.

“We will be running lots of online events and activities and students will also get the chance to meet me and the other Student Officers both virtually and face to face. We are also preparing for our building, the Hubs, to reopen which includes amongst other spaces, our Hideout bar. Safety is our priority so we will be following all the latest government guidelines to make sure all our students are safe on campus.”