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This website forms part of the University’s Academic Essentials suite of resources.

It is designed to support the role of Course Leaders within Sheffield Hallam University, share best practice and case studies and secure the on-going support from colleagues supporting the course leader such as course teams and module leaders. This ensures the initiatives and resources are sustainable and continue to meets the needs of this group of academics.

This resource is maintained by the Academic Development & Diversity Team on behalf of our stakeholders. If you’d like to become a stakeholder and contribute to this resource, have a suggestion for content or just want to offer feedback, click the feedback button and let us know!


Principles of effective course leadership

Explore the 10 principles of effective course leadership together with the 3 course leader specific role outlines which aim to clarify the expectations of course leadership and provides a basis for discussions about succession planning and development needs of academic colleagues.

Training and development

Training and development of our course leaders is delivered by colleagues from across the institution. Here we present what the core activities are as well as routes for the 3 course leader specific roles. 

Guidance, support and information

To signpost our course leaders to the appropriate range of guidance, information and resources that support our course leader community and link with activities that are delivered by our professional services colleagues.  

Events and activities

Presenting development opportunities specific to our course leader community and promoting the wider professional development activities both at Hallam and external institutions. 


This directs you to Academic Essentials: academic contacts and communications. Here you can find a range of academic and professional services contacts both at university/college/departmental level and the many channels that we use to communicate with both staff and students. 

Last updated: 27th August 2021 NB