Here we present a range of training and development opportunities for staff undertaking the role of Academic Adviser including guidance on supporting students with mental health issues. 

If you require any bespoke training or wish to have a conversation about your professional academic development needs, please take a look at the Academic Development Events website

Being an Academic Adviser

Being an Academic Adviser is a mandatory online course which 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 under organisation sites.

Fundamentals of Academic Advising

Are you new to the institution, new to academic advising or just want a refresher about academic advising in Hallam?  Our sessions cover topics such as; background, purpose, expectations, boundaries along with practical resources and support.  Please take a look at our Infographic – stats and feedback from 2019/20. Coming up!

Thursday 18th March 2021 – 9:30 – 12:00 noon – book your place

NB: To access the Google form, please open the link in Google Chrome (and not Internet Explorer) and use your SHU Google Apps log-in (user name

Supporting our Students

Self-enrol onto the Supporting our Students Blackboard course which 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 Adviser. Please also take a look at our student support services guidance.

Mental Health Awareness

Developed by the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust, this Mental Health Awareness online 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 and is on Blackboard under organisation sites.
You can also access the “Mental Health Aware” workshop. A 3 hour group workshop run by HROD running on a monthly basis. For details and booking please log on to The Core Portal and search Mental Health Aware Workshop.

Emergency Protocol Guidance

For advice on a specific situation.
The Student Wellbeing Team are able to provide guidance and you can email the team direct using the email title as “Advice Required”. A duty adviser will provide support when they are free. For emergency situations please follow the Emergency Protocol guidance.

You can also obtain guidance on supporting your students on Academic Essentials – Hallam Resources – section S: students in distress.

Support for Academic Advisers

International Students

Are you an Academic Adviser that has a cohort of International Students?  We can offer a session that includes an introduction to the theme, case study discussion and guidance about further support for international students.

Led by Krassimira Teneva, Head of International Experience, this 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. Contact:

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

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.