Sheffield Graduate Award

The Sheffield Graduate Award recognises valuable skills and experience gained at university outside of your degree course.

What is it?

A prestigious 'degree PLUS' programme that recognises your individual extra-curricular achievements in local, national and international activities. The Sheffield Graduate Award represents exceptional achievement by the breadth of your skills, leadership abilities and your commitment to personal development.

Award graduates are highly sought after by employers because of their commitment to personal development.

What does it involve?

Undertaking at least one activity from four of the six available themes (three for PGT students to accommodate your shorter period of study). Work Experience OR Volunteering is a compulsory theme. You can include activities since the start of your University course.

In order to gain the award you need to:

  • Attend a compulsory induction session

  • Formally enrol onto the programme following your induction session

  • Submit a portfolio in your final year.

You receive a certificate upon graduation and acknowledgment of the Award on your HEAR.

The six themes are:

activities information

Who can take part?

The Sheffield Graduate Award is open to all undergraduate students.

The Award is also open to postgraduate taught students. As PGT students only attend the university for a limited time, it is advisable to register your interest as soon as you can so you have time to complete your Award.

Please note that the Award is not currently open to PhD students.

How do I get involved?

Register your interest

  • Attend a compulsory induction session (you will be asked to select your preferred induction session date when you register).

  • Submit a 'Statement of Commitment' to formally enrol (details given at the induction session).

Submission Deadlines for 2015

Portfolio submission deadline for final year undergraduates: Wed 18 March 2015.

Portfolio submission deadline for postgraduates: Wed 26 August 2015.

IMPORTANT: You must ensure that you are formally enrolled four weeks prior to the portfolio submission deadline.

What do employers say about the award?

Endorsed by a number of SME, public and private sector organisations, employers are positive about the impact of the Award on students' job applications.

'More Sheffield candidates made it through to the final recruitment stages than any other university, one of whom had achieved the Sheffield Graduate Award. We believe this made a difference to the candidates' application in terms of its preparation, structure and how well they presented themselves at interview' Marstons Brewery

'Graduates from the University of Sheffield who have completed the Sheffield Graduate Award can generally demonstrate wide ranging, applicable work experience. Employers need the assurance that a candidate can complete the tasks outlined in a job description, so gaining hands on experience through the Award is a valuable contribution to graduate employability' RISE (SME) Internships Programme Manager

'I've been employed by an engineering company and I notified them of my achievement of the Sheffield Graduate Award and they are very impressed. They have asked for more information detailing what the Award is and its benefits for their internal website.' 2011 graduate employed by Lucy Switchgear

Although you can register in your final year, we highly recommend registering your interest during your first or intermediate years. This is so that you don't run out of time and are able to plan and choose appropriate activities.