SHU Progress

Event: SHU Progress

SHU Progress provides support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers to going to university.

The scheme provides additional support in the year of application and throughout the application process, including your transition to becoming a university student.

What support do I get?

As an applicant to Sheffield Hallam University, SHU Progress offers:

  • A personal contact at the university who will be there to provide advice and answer your questions throughout the year
    • Referrals to specialist teams within the university such as Careers and Employability, Funding, Wellbeing and Inclusive Support (dependent on your circumstances)
    • Practical support throughout the year with key stages of the application process such as UCAS, Student Finance, Accommodation, Disabled Student Support and transition etc.
  • Exclusive and personal visits to the university, giving you the chance to meet current students and staff who can advise and support you
  • Support with the costs of visiting the university for our events, and for open days
  • Support with making the best application to us, including access to workshops on preparing for interviews
  • Exclusive access to the SHU Progress blog which provides updates of relevant additional financial or personal support, as well as more general support throughout the year

If you are in or leaving care, are estranged from your family, have caring responsibilities, have experienced significant extenuating circumstances, are homeless/at risk of homelessness or are from a refugee/asylum seeking background, SHU Progress also offers additional consideration during the admissions process. This means that your personal circumstances will be shared with admissions tutors to consider when making a decision on your application to the university at confirmation or interview offer making stage.

You can view this leaflet (PDF 95KB) for more information.

“SHU progress has helped to provide more insight into what to expect and how to get prepared for the challenges ahead through talking to students at the SHU Progress event” – former SHU Progress student

Am I eligible?

SHU Progress is available to all undergraduate applicants who meet one or more of the criteria below:

  • You are a care leaver
  • You are estranged from your parents
  • You are care experienced
  • You are a carer
  • You have a disability
  • You have experienced circumstances which have affected or interrupted your studies
  • You are experiencing financial difficultly or hardship
  • You are unable to move away from your home area to go to university
  • You are a mature student
  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • You are from a refugee or asylum seeking background
  • You are from a military family
  • You are a military veteran or service leaver

How do I join SHU Progress?

The scheme will re-open in September 2019 for nominations for applicants entering University from September 2020. The deadline for nominations is on 22nd May 2020.

You can join SHU Progress in the year you are applying to university. We strongly encourage you to join SHU Progress as early as possible (just before or at the time you are applying to university).

We require you to be nominated to SHU Progress by a supporter such as:

  • your teacher or support worker in college
  • a social worker
  • your local authority personal advisor
  • Foyer or supported housing support workers
  • someone from a supporting charity such as Sheffield Young Carers
  • a healthcare professional

The nomination can be made using this form.

The person nominating you must have your consent to share your personal information with us before completing an application form. We also request you read the privacy notice (PDF 1MB) before being nominated so you are aware of how we use your data.

You can share this leaflet (PDF 95KB) with your referee for their information.

“SHU progress helped me gain more confidence and made me certain I could go to university” – former SHU Progress student

What happens next?

Applications are reviewed upon receipt and if you are accepted you will receive an email from your personal contact welcoming you to SHU Progress.

If we have any queries with your application we will contact the person who nominated you for SHU Progress.

Any Questions?

Please call us on 0114 225 4777 or email the team at

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