City Connections

City Connections provides you with the opportunity to meet successful Sheffield alumni working in the North and London and develop your own network of professional contacts.

It's your chance to visit a range of organisations and gain an insight into the exciting career opportunities open to you.

Students and alumni meeting at a networking reception

What is City Connections?

City Connections is designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds to develop their networking and communication skills, commercial awareness and enhance their career prospects.

This year there will be two opportunities to choose from with the Northern event taking place on Wednesday 22 November 2023 in Sheffield and London City Connections taking place on Wednesday 13 March 2024.

The project provides students with the opportunity to build connections with alumni of the University of Sheffield who've reached senior positions in major organisations, and who generously give their time to support the project. Students taking part gain an insight into a wide range of career sectors and hear first-hand from alumni how they've got to where they are today.

City Connections was the most valuable event that I have attended at the university so far. I now feel that I have acquired the skills and confidence to network professionally and how to gain the most out of these opportunities. 

City Connections 2022 participant


What does City Connections involve?

Sheffield alumni and students engaging at Northern City Connection

This year, you have the chance to choose from a Northern programme or to visit the Capital for the London event

Each programme consists of a pre-event workshop to prepare you for the day itself. You'll also be expected to attend a post-event workshop to learn about how you can use your experience as you think about life after graduation.

City Connections pre-event workshop

London CC Wednesday 6 March 2024, 10:00-12:00

Receive advice and information to prepare you and help you make the most of the business workshops and networking event and meet the other students and staff taking part.

We’ll cover commercial awareness, networking, logistics and tell you about the alumni and businesses we’ll be hearing from. We’ll also support you in setting up or improving your own LinkedIn profile.

City Connections business visits and networking event

London CC Wednesday 13 March 2024, 08:00 - 21:00

After a day of workshops at different organisations, you'll have the chance to meet a range of Sheffield alumni from different sectors at the evening networking event.

NB. Lunch, evening nibbles and drinks will be provided.

City Connections post-event workshop

London CC Wednesday 20 March 2024, 10:00 - 11:00

Reunion time. We’ll get back together to share experiences of the day and explore how you can use these in your development. You’ll also receive advice for following up contacts and signposts to other University opportunities.

(Please note: applications for NCC are now closed.)

 I absolutely loved the day. The programme is something that I've talked about to friends and family and one of my greatest (if not the greatest) moments in my university life so far.

 City Connections 2022 Participant

How do I apply for City Connections?

The events are open to all Social Sciences and Arts and Humanities students at Level 2 and 3 from widening participation backgrounds.

You must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible to take part:

  • be from an area of low higher education participation, low household income or low socioeconomic status
  • be from a Black, Asian and minority ethnic background and a home student
  • be a mature student
  • identify as a disabled student
  • be a care leaver
  • be a carers
  • be a student who is estranged from their family
  • be from a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community
  • be a refugee
  • be from a military family
  • have been eligible for Free School Meals in the last six years

If you meet any of the criteria listed above, simply fill in the application form, where you can indicate which event you'd like to attend.


If you have any questions about these criteria or anything else, please email Tracy Horton (Social Sciences) at or Edd Poole (Arts and Humanities) at

Spaces are limited and it is crucial that you are fully committed and able to attend all three events. Please check any other commitments before making your application.

Who will I meet?

During the day, we’ll attend workshops with different businesses based in Sheffield for NCC and London for LCC, where you'll get to hear from our very own Sheffield alumni who now work in large organisations.

This will be followed by the chance to meet a range of alumni and develop your networking skills at the popular evening networking event.

London City Connections Business Visits

Daytime Business Visits (you'll have the chance to choose from one)

  • Museum of the Order of St John (St John's Ambulance) - Meet History and Sociology graduate and Curator, Rebecca Raven to find out about her career in museums.
  • Youth Futures Foundation - Meet Law graduate and Senior Analysis Officer, Angeliki Evripidou to find out about the range of careers in the charity sector.

Afternoon Business Visit

  • Velonetic - Lloyds Building - the heart of the financial district - Meet the graduate recruitment team at Velonetic - a digital insurance company, previously known as London Joint Market Ventures. They deliver over £101 billion worth of premiums and claims transactions to over 400 clients around the world.

Evening Networking Event

Hosted by Velonetic.

Meet alumni from across the Social Science and Arts and Humanities departments and develop your confidence in speaking to professionals. Build your networks with a range of Sheffield graduates working in sectors from across the industries.

Students and alumni chat at a networking event

Some final points

  • You must be available to attend all three dates
  • You are required to attend the pre and post-event workshops, the business workshops and networking event
  • You are responsible for making your tutor and/or lecturers aware if you are to miss any classes

Alumni and students chat at a networking event

See the Online Workshops from 2021

In 2021, London City Connections was held online. You can view the business workshops below for a taste of what to expect.

Neil Radley

Neil studied Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield, and is CEO and Chairman of Jaja Finance.

Ian Bagshaw

Ian studied Law at Sheffield, and is Global Co-Head of Private Equity, White and Case LLP.

Michelle Marks

Michelle studied English Literature at Sheffield, and is Head of Creative Strategy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Instagram and Facebook.