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Academic Advice Framework

Academic Advising bannerDeveloped in 2018, Hallam’s Academic Advice Framework supports the requirement that every student has a named Academic Adviser. This framework is to ensure a consistent approach to academic advising across College and Departmental levels and is based on staff having a common understanding of the expectations associated with the role.

In partnership with Student Support Advisers and Employability Advisors, academic advisers in a student’s department will deliver academic advice to support student progression and success. The primary purpose of the academic adviser is to proactively monitor a students’ academic performance and to act as a named contact that a student can approach to discuss their academic, personal and professional development during their time studying at the university. 

This website provides academic advisers all the required training guidance, briefing materials,  support guidance, good practice case studies and links to other useful resources at Hallam and beyond. 

  1. Academic Adviser Checklist
  2. Academic Advising Policy
  3. Academic Adviser Handbook
  4. Semester Updates
  5. Academic Adviser Work Planning
  6. Guidance, support and information – for academic advisers
  7. Training, Development, Events and Activities
  8. Contacts and Communications
  9. UK Advisory and Tutoring (UKAT)
  10. Hallam Guild – UKAT Community of Practice

Academic Adviser Checklist

September 2021

This AA checklist is newly developed to support Academic Advisers in their role, providing a reminder about key tasks and links to relevant resources. 

Academic Advising Policy

The Policy for Academic Advising applies to all taught courses offered by the University, including those with Professional, Statutory or Regulatory Body requirements. 

Academic Adviser Handbook

The Academic Advisor Handbook – September 2020. This handbook was developed to support Academic Advisers in their role of providing students with informed academic, personal, and professional guidance during their time at Sheffield Hallam University.   

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Semester Updates 

The following semester updates were circulated to all AA Leads in each College / Department. If you have any enquiries please contact Melissa Jacobi at ! Academic Advising .



Academic Adviser Work Planning

Academic Advising Delivery. Take a look at the Academic Induction, Careers and Work Planning overview. 

Guidance, support and information – for Academic Advisers

Student Support Triangle: This is the main site for our Academic Advisers to support their students. The Student Support Triangle covers the holistic support for our students.

Top Tips: These top tips are for those staff that are:

  • Academic Advisers.
  • Responsible for managing and supporting academic advising.
  • Responsible for managing an academic advising programme.

Guidance, support and information: Covers a wide range of resources specifically for academic advisers at Hallam – take a look at the Guidance, Support and Resources page. This also includes guidance on the Action Planning process. 

Academic Essentials: You can also access a wide range of guidance and resources on the Academic Resources Library A-Z. Part of this resource is our Supporting our Students page which provides an overview of what support is available for you to support your students holistically and academically. It also provides guidance on the functions of a Student Support and Employability Adviser.

Case Studies: You can also access a range of video case studies around academic advising.   

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Training, Development, Events and Activities 

For staff undertaking the role of Academic Advisor (AA), there are a number of role specific events, training and development opportunities. Its essential that you complete the mandatory training as soon as you’ve been identified to carry out this role.

There are a number of events and activities that you can participate in alongside academic colleagues that compliment your course teams and department and cover a number of themes that support your AA role.  

Contacts and Communications

The University has many ways in which we communicate guidance and information to our academic community. Take a look at the Academic Essentials: Academic Contacts and Communications overview page to see the many channels that are used, who they’re for and who you can speak to.  Here you can locate College and Departmental Academic Advising Leads.  

UK Advising and Tutoring (UKAT)

Sheffield Hallam University is once again an Institutional Member of UKAT for 2021-22. Anyone interested in membership should contact ! Academic Advising in the first instance. 

Hallam Guild – UKAT Community of Practice

Melissa Jacobi, Academic Director for Academic Advising developed the Community of Practice and is being represented by all Colleges and Departments with a diverse group of academic staff across a range departments, subjects and roles.

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This page is managed by the Academic Development & Diversity Team on behalf of our AA stakeholders. We welcome contributions to this resource in order to share good practice that reflects the principles set out in the framework as applied to your context.  

Last updated: 30th September 2021 NB