Guidance, support and information

These resources aim to support our Academic Advisers including those colleagues who support students, such as Course Leaders and Module Leaders.

Academic Advising Refer to Academic Essentials – Hallam Resources A-Z – section A.
Academic Tutoring Model Based on the model currently in use at Nottingham Trent University, take a look at a sample model for undergraduate students and courses
Action Planning Typically, at the end of Semester 1, the reflection and action planning is undertaken by both the Academic Adviser and their student in order to reflect on academic performance.  The outcomes of which should inform and develop the student in Semester 2.
Appointments Using the calendar function to manage your academic advising appointments – here the Sheffield Business School present;



Academic adviser allocations

When students log on to their Blackboard page, they should now be able to view their named academic adviser. If any information is omitted, students are being referred to their course leader in the first instance. Please refer to the SITS step by step guidance regarding their student support adviser details.

Academic advisers course grades overview

Its beneficial for Academic Advisers to review a student’s performance over time by seeing their marks across all modules and all years of study in a single view. Course Grades Overview collates and provides a read-only view of all available grade columns from all module sites that a particular student is enrolled on. Academic Advisers can look up any student and use this view to support and help their students reflect on their overall performance. It displays academic year, module site name, assessment name, due date, submission date, and mark awarded.
You can read more here – if you need access please contact Melissa Jacobi, Academic Director for Academic Advising direct at  

Visit Academic Essentials – Hallam Resources A-Z – section B: Blackboard for more guidance.

Career Assessment
  • range of resources to understand your motivations, preferences and values in Academic Advising. Please use your standard SHU credentials to log-on.
  • Online resources for Academic Advisers, a video presented by Dr Darcey Gillie, Employability Consultant, HWLS, Business Engagement, Skills and Employability (BESE)
Case studies You can also access a range of video case studies around academic advising.
GDPR When hosting academic advising sessions, please ensure you make reference to the Guidance on GDPR for Academic Advisers including information on how to request restricted access folders.
Hallam Welcome Student Induction. Introduction to the academic advising offer to students in your course leader induction sessions. Created by Melissa Jacobi, Academic Director, Academic Advising, this guide is to provide information and ideas to support you during induction week or the first week or two of teaching.
International Students
Student Conversations

Supporting your students


SHU Progress – applicant support scheme – support for applicants whose personal circumstances might mean that there are barriers for them going to, or considering university and provides additional support in the year of application and throughout the application process, including transition to becoming a university student.

Student’s 1st year

Settling In Emails
An intervention utilised by the BSc (Hons) Sport Business Management team in the Academic of Sport, which has a cohort of around 75 students. Aimed at all 1st year students during their first 6 weeks.
LEGO Serious Play
Developed by Sue Beckingham, LTA Lead for Computing, this is a group session that allows students to answer a serious of questions related to barriers or obstacles they might face as freshers.Academic Advising – First Group Session
This is a briefing document to help you interpret the PowerPoint and resources listed below for this first advising session.Scenario 1 / Scenario 2 / Scenario 3 / Scenario 4Settling In Proforma / Study Skills Self-Evaluation
Tutoring Model Based on the model currently in use at Nottingham Trent University, take a look at a sample model for undergraduate students and courses
UKAT Membership An overview of the university’s UKAT membership and sources of information for academic advisers including UKAT events and activities.
If you have any queries about this page, please contact the Academic Development & Diversity TeamLast updated: 17th February 2021 – NB