Specialist support for refugee and asylum seeker students

At Sheffield Hallam we provide specialist support to refugee and asylum seeker students due to the additional challenges you face which can have considerable impact on your educational experiences and outcomes.

Nominated Specialist Adviser for refugees and asylum seeker students - Helen Paskins

You can contact the nominated specialist adviser for refugee and asylum seeker students by emailing: internationalexperience@shu.ac.uk.

Mentoring Scheme

We run a mentoring scheme, Culture Connect, which matches you up with an experienced undergraduate for a semester, who will guide you through University processes and life as a student in Sheffield

Additional Funding

Student Success Scholarship

Refugee students are a priority group for the Student Success Scholarship. The Student Success Scholarship is for Home undergraduate students starting from 2017 onwards and is designed to help you succeed at Sheffield Hallam.

The scholarship includes a series of financial awards for individual students from £200 up to £2000, as well as priority access to a support package designed to support your wellbeing, develop your employability and enhance your money management skills.

Please read more information here: students.shu.ac.uk/shuspacecontent/finance/student-success-scholarship

Sanctuary Scholarships

From September 2019 Sheffield Hallam University will be offering two Sanctuary Scholarships (one for undergraduate and one for postgraduate study) to support talented students who have sought asylum in the UK. The scholarships are jointly funded by the University and through generous donations from former students. Please read more information here:


Academic Support

During your studies you will be assigned an Academic Adviser. You can discuss your academic, personal and professional development with them. They will be available to support you through every level of your study, including placements and heading into employment.

Student Wellbeing

The Student Wellbeing Service can help to support your psychological wellbeing in order for you to manage your studies and make the most of university life. The service provides access to self-help resources, offers wellbeing appointments and can direct you to specialist support if required. Contact them by telephone on 0114 225 2136 or email student.wellbeing@shu.ac.uk.

Immigration Advice for refugees and asylum seeker students

The International Experience Team can signpost you to local organisations and solicitors who give advice and assistance with immigration applications, such as applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Any immigration solicitor you choose should be registered either with ILPA (Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association) or OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner).

Refugee Family Reunion Clinic

The Sheffield Hallam University Refugee Family Reunion Clinic supports individual refugees who wish to be reunited with family members they have been forced to leave behind. The Clinic is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am to 4:30pm. You must book an appointment beforehand by calling 07342 056548, or by completing a referral form.

You can read more about the Refugee Family Reunion scheme