The Sheffield Graduate Attributes

Our students gain an impressive range of knowledge and skills whilst at University.  We want these to be clear to our students and to employers, so in 2005 we identified 'The Sheffield Graduate' attributes as part of our commitment to supporting your development. These have been further refined for the period 2011-2016.

Some of the attributes are embedded within your course and others are complemented through access to an unparalleled range of extra curricular opportunities.  Throughout your studies we offer access to support, guidance and exciting schemes that can help you stand out from the crowd.  Click on the attributes below to find out more about what they mean and suggested activities to further develop specific skills.

Discipline-based knowledge


The Sheffield Graduate is...

  • knowledgeable in their subject area
  • competent in applying their knowledge and skills
  • information literate

Approaches to enquiry and learning


The Sheffield Graduate is...

  • a skilled and ethical researcher
  • a critical, analytical and creative thinker
  • an entrepreneurial problem solver

Applying knowledge in the wider context


The Sheffield Graduate is...

  • someone who sees the big picture and understands the importance of context
  • experienced in working with clients, communities and partners outside the University
  • an active citizen who respects diversity and has the cultural agility to work in multinational settings

Personal development and employability


The Sheffield Graduate is...

  • a flexible team worker
  • an independent learner
  • an efficient planner and time manager
  • an accomplished communicator
  • skilled in the use of IT
  • professional and adaptable
  • a well rounded individual, reflective, self aware and self-motivated