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Hallam & Barnsley College Higher Education

Welcome to Sheffield Hallam University, working in partnership with Barnsley College Higher Education.

Photo credit: 'Barnsley College Higher Education Building, Barnsley' by Bill Henderson via geograph (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The following courses at Barnsley College are supported by Sheffield Hallam University:

  • BA (Hons) Acting for Touring Theatre (top up)
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music (Performance)
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music (Production)
  • BA (Hons) Music Technology and Production
  • BA (Hons) Film and Media Production
  • BA (Hons) Games Design
  • FdA Acting for Touring Theatre
  • FdA Business
  • FdA Digital Film Production
  • FdA Games Design
  • FdSc Computing
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care 
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care (Nursing Associate)
  • FdSc Professional Practice in Health and Social Care with embedded Higher Apprenticeship in Health (Assistant Practitioner) 

Before you start your course

Welcome to the new academic year on your course, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University.  Please make use of the following resources before you start your classes this year.

Hallam Library Welcome

How the Library can support you
Visit the Library.  We're open 24/7 for you to study on campus, borrow books, or take a break in the cafe.  There is desk space to use your own devices.
Adsetts Library is at City Campus and opens 24/7.  The print resources there support subjects taught at City.
Collegiate Library is at Collegiate Campus and opens 24/7.  The print resources there support subjects taught at Collegiate.
WiFi in the Library.  Connect to the Eduroam network using your college login.  Or, register with Sky WiFi to use the WiFi Guest network.
What is the Library environment like?  Use your SHUcard to access the Library.  We have 2,450 study spaces, including group study, silent desks, and booths.  The buildings can be busy in the day but are quieter in the evenings.  Some areas, such as entrance areas, may be noisier than others.  We have an Access Able building guide for disabled library users.
Your Hallam Card gives you access to the libraries and enables you to borrow up to 5 items.
Borrow and return.  Bookshelves are open for browsing.  You can borrow 5 items in total at a time.  Please bring your SHUcard with you.  Information and help can be found on Library Online; visit
Your online access
Activate your SHU login details.  When you receive your SHU login details, it is essential that you activate them.  You will receive a separate activation letter with details on how to activate your codes.  You will not be able to access the online resources provided by the University without activating your details.
Online library resources.  Library Online.  ProQuest Central.  LinkedIn Learning online digital skills tutorials.  Skills for Study.  RefWorks software for managing your references.
The Library's Digital Skills services provides support for effective study.  Workshops are hands-on and practical sessions, available online and in person.  Workshop topics include: Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.  The University also provides free access to LinkedIn Learning, an online learning platform with courses to help develop your academic and employability skills.
The Library's online Skills guides provide academic skills development opportunities for all students.  These include topics such as: getting started at university, effective notetaking, presentation skills, group working, and academic writing.
Library Online' visit
Grow your digital literacy skills.  The 'How to Search' resource has been designed as a starting point to help you define the information you need, work out the best search strategy, evaluate the information you find, and reference your work effectively.  It is a resource built around you, with infographics and video, interactive e-learning modules, and quiz questions and feedback.  It summarises the key points and provides next steps.
Library: How to Search.  Visit
Libraries and your wellbeing.  Take a break from your studies; make time for yourself.  Why not explore our curated reading lists?  You could use the cookery reading list to boost your cooking skills!  Go to  Take a break in our cafes; there are water fountains to fill up your bottle and a hot water dispenser for tea and coffee, as well as a microwave for you to use.
24/7 specialist library chat on Library Online.  Visit and click on the Library Chat sidebar to start chatting.
Get support when you need it.  Go to the Hallam Help point in Adsetts or Collegiate Library.  Use our 24/7 library chat service.  Email or phone 0114 2252222
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At the start of your course

At the start of your classes, you will receive a course induction from your tutor.  This will include detailed information about the course content and support available for you. You may find the following information useful as well.

Your SHUcard

Your SHUcard is your University ID and your library card.  With it you'll be able to

  • enter the library
  • borrow up to 5 books at a time
  • place a request on 1 book at a time
  • log on to Hallam's partner Blackboard page to find library resources

You will receive your SHUcard via your college during the first term of your course. Until you receive your SHUcard you can still visit Hallam library by bringing your college ID card and telling the staff on the library reception the name of your course.

The login details that you receive with your SHUcard let you login to Hallam's partner Blackboard page at to find some library resources, check your borrowing record on "My library account" and allow you to place a reservation on one book title.  You will not be able to log into computers at Sheffield Hallam or use the majority of Hallam's electronic library resources. Please remember to activate your account when you receive your details, even if you do not think you will be coming onto campus. You will not be able to access the online resources until the account is activated.

Support during your course

Click on the 'Library Resources' tab at the top of the page for access to a selection of high-quality sources to use for your assignments.  This includes ProQuest Central, a leading multi-disciplinary online resource that you can use to access databases across all major subject areas.  A link to ProQuest Central has been added to your college VLE and your course leader will be able to advise you on where to find it.

Most students on Sheffield Hallam courses will use APA, although some courses will use other referencing styles.  Ask your course leader if you're not sure.  You can also use ProQuest RefWorks to manage your references.  Click on the 'Referencing' tab for help with citing and referencing, and to find out about RefWorks.

If you need to find out how to submit a request to repeat an assessment attempt, click on the 'Get Help' tab at the top of the page and scroll down to the 'Dealing with illness and difficult circumstances' box.