College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

The College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences is one of the largest education providers in the UK for radiotherapy, nursing, physiotherapy and sport. Much of our strength is in our size, giving us access to a wide range of knowledge and inter-professional expertise that is at the heart of our teaching, consultancy and research.

The majority of our academic staff join us following careers in practice and industry, bringing with them a wide range of skills and knowledge. Many continue their work as clinically-active practitioners allowing us to remain at the cutting edge of current practice and innovation.

We are leaders in the use of state-of-the-art technology and equipment to support our teaching. For example, our students use augmented reality - computerised applications that simulate real-life medical scenarios - to train them in how to interact with patients in different situations and during medical procedures.

Nursing and Midwifery

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery is one of the largest providers of nursing and midwifery education in the UK, providing education and training for all fields of nursing – adult, child, mental health and learning disabilities – and midwifery. Our nursing and midwifery courses are approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. We also offer courses on advanced practice, including prescribing, and healthcare leadership and education.

The department is forward thinking and ambitious. Our vision is to be the provider of choice for first-class research-enriched, contemporary education. Inter-professional working is at the heart of everything we do, and we work closely with practice partners to drive forward nursing and midwifery practice and research.


Find out more about what our academics get up to in our Staff Profiles.

Social Work, Social Care and Community Studies

A nurse talking to a patientThere are many vulnerable people in our society, the Department of Social work, Social Care and Community Studies provides a range of courses that try and help students to understand how they can work to empower and protect these vulnerable people and groups.
The department has been delivering social work education since 1965 and routinely receives excellent student feedback in the National Student Survey. Our innovative portfolio of programmes reflect sector changes within the wider social care arena at a national level - informed by new professional standards, interprofessional learning and excellent links with employers in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors reflected in our membership of the South Yorkshire Teaching Partnership.

Find out more about what our academics get up to in our Staff Profiles.

Allied Health Professions

A person holding a skeletonThe Department of Allied Health Professionals is one of the largest allied health professions education providers in the UK, providing pre-registration education approved by the Health Care Professions Council for six health professions. In addition, the department provide post-registration awards and continuing professional development provision.

The decision to bring disciplines under the AHP department reflects the current cutting edge thinking around health provision. Ensuring that our activity is in step with the latest developments it allows us to keep teaching and research right up to date.

The department works creatively and flexibly in a solution focused way to meet the needs of health care providers. The department staff are innovators in the use of technology and distance learning pedagogy to deliver flexible and accessible educational provision.

Find out more about what our academics get up to in our Staff Profiles.

Professor Heidi Probst“Sheffield Hallam gives me the opportunity to lead, inspire and support the next generation of clinical researchers. As a professor I feel it’s my role to lead in lots of ways, not just within the University but externally and for the future of my profession. It’s nice to be able to show others that people like me, who come from a clinical background, can lead big research projects.”  Professor Heidi Probst 

Biosciences and Chemistry

The Department of Biosciences and Chemistry provides vocationally focussed courses in applied biological and chemical sciences. Our research is aimed at increasing the understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of health and disease and its application to diagnosis, monitoring and treatment. We also excel in the application of analytical techniques to pharmaceutical, environmental and materials chemistry.

Our staff are research active and passionate about passing on their love of science to both students and the general public. We consistently perform highly in student satisfaction, reflecting the dedication and commitment of our staff in providing a high-quality learning environment.

The University has invested significantly in new laboratory equipment for teaching and research in recent years. Our chemistry facilities have been further enhanced following the award of £5m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England match-funded by the University, to create new facilities for STEM provision, including an additional chemistry laboratory and a publicly accessible environment as a resource for nurturing enterprising, work-ready students.

We have excellent links with employers in the NHS and pharmaceutical industry (including Pfizer, Reckitt Benckiser, Astra Zeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Braun, Covance and Evotec) who provide yearlong placements, give essential advice on curriculum design, contribute to teaching on our courses and fund research and consultancy.

Find out more about what our academics get up to in our Staff Profiles.

Dr David Smith“I was recognised as having severe dyslexia at an early age. My coping methods have formed the basis of my teaching approach and I gained the University Inspirational Teaching award in 2012-14 with students quoting my active learning methods. Being made an Associate Professor was the icing on the cake for me and a recognition that my activities over and above the day-to-day job had been noted and appreciated by my peers.” Dr. David Smith

Sport and Physical Activity

A person on a treadmill taking part in an experimentThe Academy of Sport and Physical Activity comprises more than one hundred colleagues working to deliver transformational learning experiences for our students alongside highly applied and impactful research and consultancy with our national and international partners.

We offer a diverse portfolio of courses including six undergraduate and five postgraduate programmes in sport business management, sport engineering, physical education and school sport, coaching, development, physical activity and exercise science. Our research and consultancy makes a demonstrable impact in shaping policy and practice across the sport industry, in sport and exercise science and in supporting health and wellbeing through physical activity interventions.

We are based across two campuses. Collegiate Hall houses our sport science laboratories, featuring the latest equipment and technology for analysing performance in sport and physical activity, including an environment chamber, and video analysis suite, as well as laboratories for physiology, isokinetic dynamometry, biomechanics, physical activity and strength and conditioning. Practical elements of our sport courses are taught in our sports facilities which include a sports hall and astroturf area. Our second campus is the English Institute of Sport Sheffield which is home to international athletes and our student athletes and sport teams across a range of sports. The Academy is great place to start, continue and develop your career – come and join us.

Find out more about what our academics get up to in our Staff Profiles.

Dr Simon Choppin“I think we’re in a really exciting position with regards to R&I. We now have a world-class research centre with the AWRC. I have access to some world-class datasets through international collaboration and we now have a laboratory full of fantastic equipment. While I am a career academic, I feel that my time so far has been very rich and varied.”  Dr Simon Choppin

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