Training and Development for Staff acting as Academic Advisers

Being an Academic Adviser – mandatory Blackboard training

To introduce staff to the University’s updated Academic Advice Framework which includes the relationship of academic advising to the University’s Student Support and Employability Adviser services, the requirements of the Academic Adviser role as well as the underpinning principles that help staff to design academic advising so that it works consistently for students according to their disciplinary context.

This mandatory online course includes three video scenarios describing typical dilemmas encountered by Academic Advisers as they support students at different levels. Its a short course which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and is available for all academic staff in Blackboard:

Visit MyHallam > blackboard staff site channel > organisation sites

Please use the Google Chrome browser to log into My Hallam and access the course in Blackboard.

Fundamentals of Academic Advising

Are you new to the institution, new to academic advising or just want a refresher about academic advising in Hallam? Then come along to one of our training sessions listed below.

The training sessions have been running since February 2019 and will cover the following topics. Take a look at our infographic which reflects the training statistics and feedback as of June 2019:

  • The background and purpose of academic advising at Hallam
  • The expectations of you as an academic advisor
  • The expectations students have of academic advisors
  • Boundaries of the role
  • Signposting information for academic advisors
  • Academic advising case studies – practical application
  • Support available for academic advisors


Date Time Campus Room
January 2020 Friday 17th 09:30 – 12:00 Collegiate Oaklands 201
February 2020 Tuesday 4th 09:30 – 12:00 Collegiate Oaklands 201
Wednesday 5th 12:30 – 15:00 City Charles Street 12.5.07
March 2020 Wednesday 11th 10:00 – 12:30 City Howard 5422
Friday 13th 10:00 – 12:30 Collegiate HOTC

To book your place please email your preferred campus/date/time to


Academic Advising for International Students

Led by Krassimira Teneva, Head of International Experience, this session includes an introduction to the theme, case study discussion and guidance about further support for international students.

The session provides an introduction to some of the academic challenges experienced by international students and proposed approaches to academic advising to respond to these challenges. The session is aimed at academic advisers working with international students but is also suitable for advisers working with students from non-traditional backgrounds. If you or your teams are interested in attending a workshop of this nature, please contact:

Krassie Teneva – Head of International Experience
Melissa Jacobi – Academic Director (Academic Advising)

Supporting our Students

Self-enrol onto the Blackboard course – please note you must be logged onto to Blackboard first!

The course is available and primarily aimed at Student Support staff however academic staff are welcome to join as there is information relating to the role of Academic Advisor.

Please also take a look at the student support services guidance.

Please use the Google Chrome browser to log into My Hallam and access the course in Blackboard.

Mental Health Awareness (Academic Advisers)

Mental Health Awareness – Online Training

Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this package is designed to give non-specialist staff the skills, knowledge and confidence to offer a first line of support to students who may have mental health issues.

Access instructions: This package is available via Blackboard / My Hallam​. Please log in using your standard network user name and password. The package is within the “HROD People Development” site, which can be found on the list of organisation sites.

You can also find additional guidance on our Resources page ‘staff support’.

Please use the Google Chrome browser to log into My Hallam and access the course in Blackboard.

Bespoke training

Do you need some 1:1 advice or perhaps there is a group of you who need some support in understanding the role of an Academic Adviser and how it fits in with your day to day work? Speak to us about our bespoke training offer via

You can join this supportive Sheffield Hallam University staff online group where colleagues discuss Academic Advising using the private Yammer social networking tool. If you don’t already have a Yammer account, you can create one quickly and easily here.