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Automatic Control and Systems Engineering Speed Networking

Status: Recruiting

Date: Thursday 02 November
Time: 5-8pm
Location: On campus
Volunteers required: ACSE alumni working in industry

Role: We're looking for enthusiastic ACSE alumni working in a range of professions to take part in our speed networking event. This event allows current students to explore their career options and develop their networking skills and involves a structured "speed" networking section, followed by informal networking and refreshments.

More details and to register: complete our sign-up form

Urban Studies and Planning Alumni Speed Networking

Status: Register Interest

Date: 15th November 2017
Time: 4-6pm
Location: University of Sheffield, Geography and Planning Building
Volunteers Required: Urban Studies and Planning Alumni from all built environment sectors

Role: Meet up to eight groups of students for ten minutes each.
Answer questions and share your experiences and advice regarding your University experience, recruitment experience, career and key areas of development in the area you work in.
Motivate students to take action regarding their career and becoming work-ready.
Provide a friendly and supportive environment for students to develop their networking and communication skills.

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Philosophy Speed Networking: Ethical Careers

Status: Registration open

Date: Thursday 23 November 2017
Time: 5-6.30 pm
Location: On campus
Volunteers required: Philosophy alumni working in various professions for whom training in Ethics has proven beneficial. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate alumni currently undertaking further study for this activity.

Role: We're looking for enthusiastic Philosophy alumni working in any career sector in which training in Ethics is relevant, e.g. politics, non-profit sector, law, healthcare, journalism etc. Please note we are not looking for alumni working in teaching for this event, as we plan to run a separate event for this. This event allows current students to explore their career options and develop their networking skills and involves a structured "speed" networking section, followed by informal networking and refreshments.

Register interest

Management School Careers Discovery Series

Status: Expressions of interest

Date: Throughout the academic year
Location: On campus, Management School, Sheffield
Volunteers required: Management School alumni working in all aspects of Finance, Marketing, HR, Logistics at all levels of your career.

Role: The Careers Discovery Series is four separate week-long events focusing on different areas of business. Each week consists of workshops, talks, and drop-in sessions hosted by alumni, employers and professional bodies, open to Management Students across all levels. A typical session will be 50 mins long (30-40mins presentation with 10-20mins) aiming to provide students with an introduction to your current role and organisation, your own career journey from graduation, and any advice you would give to students about entering the graduate market.

More details: Visit the Management website or register your interest via email to

v i s t a PhD and post-doctoral researchers mentoring and seminar series

Status: Recruiting

Date: Throughout the year
Location: On campus, Sheffield
Volunteers required: PhD alumni in non-academic careers

Role: v i s t a is a series of monthly lunchtime seminars on post-PhD careers beyond academia. Talks are delivered by PhD graduates who work in non-academic positions. There is also an opportunity to mentor current PhD students. 

More details: Visit the v i s t a website or email

Careers Service eMentoring

Status: Expressions of interest for Oct-Dec scheme

Date: Two schemes per year; Feb-May and Oct-Dec
Location: Online
Volunteers required: eMentors from a range of occupational areas

Role: Offer insight into your job, the skills required, the challenges you face, and your advice for students wanting to pursue a similar role to yours. Communication by email and/or Skype. Typically one exchange per week with your mentee for 7-10 weeks.

More details and to register: Visit the eMentoring website or email

Global Engineering Challenge

Status: Recruiting

Date: Wednesday 24 January 2018
Time: 9-5pm
Location: On campus
Volunteers required: Engineering or Science alumni graduating 2007-2017, now working in Engineering roles. Unfortunately we are unable to accommodate alumni currently undertaking further study or working in academia for this activity.

Role: We're looking for over 40 Engineering or Science alumni working in industry to participate in our 7th Global Engineering Challenge. Alumni will give a short presentation about their career to a "hub" of first year Engineering students, work with inter-disciplinary student groups to develop their project and team working skills, and also participate in a "boardroom" to feedback on student presentations. Help develop the next generation of Engineers, promote your company and contribute to your chartership.

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Engineering You're Hired - Industry Mentors

Status: Recruiting

Date: Wednesday 31 January 2018
Time: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Location: On campus
Volunteers required: Alumni and industry contacts from any discipline with an understanding of engineering project design and implementation.

Role: Bringing your real-world expertise, second year Engineering students will be able to informally discuss their projects with you in the morning, and "consult" you about their inter-disciplinary projects in the afternoon. The event will close with "boardroom" sessions in which students will present their project and, along with an academic and PhD Facilitator, you will provide feedback. 

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Engineering You're Hired - Industry Assessors

Status: Register interest

Date: Friday 2 February 2018
Time: 11:30am - 5:00pm
Location: On campus
Volunteers required: Alumni and industry contacts who are in senior leadership and management positions.

Role: Industry Assessors will join a member of staff and PhD Facilitator to form a panel as part of the "Pitch for Funding" finale event. Students will present their project and pitch for hypothetical funding from you.

Register now

Discover STEM

Status: Registration opens May 2018

Date: July 2018
Location: The Ridge, Ranmoor Student Village, The University of Sheffield
Volunteers required: Engineering, Science and Mathematics alumni from any year now working in a role relevant to their degree

Role: We will be looking for science, engineering and mathematics alumni now working in engineering or science careers to participate in a speed networking activity with local Y12 school and college students about their university experience and career path.

Read about the event 

Other ways to get involved...

Write a career profile

Location: Online
Volunteers required: All alumni 

Role: In just 15 minutes you can help students by sharing your university and career experiences and advice. Prospective students can visualise where their time at Sheffield may lead them, and current students can ensure they gain the relevant experience through your advice.
More details: Submit a career profile 

Fundraise for us

Location: Worldwide
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: The University is a registered charity and staff, students and alumni have all volunteered to raise money for causes close to their heart, ranging from student scholarships to medical research. We also have a Just Giving page if you would like to fundraise online.
More details: University of Sheffield Just Giving

Provide a job opportunity to a student or graduate

Location: Worldwide
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: If your organisation can offer part time work, internships, placements or full time roles to our current students or graduates, we would love to advertise them for you.
More details: Advertise your vacancies

Recruit student volunteers for your non-profit organisation

Location: Sheffield
Volunteers required: Alumni working for local non-profits

Role: If you are a voluntary group, charitable organisation, statutory body, social enterprise or other not-for-profit organisation operating in or around Sheffield, you can promote your volunteering projects to current students. 143 local charities and voluntary groups benefited last year – don’t let your organisation miss out!
More details: Sheffield Volunteering website

Volunteer for a local charity

Location: Sheffield
Volunteers required: All alumni

Role: Join current students and staff who volunteer for a whole range of not-for-profit organisations in Sheffield. You can browse the Student Union’s Sheffield Volunteering database to find an opportunity that suits your passion and availability.
More details: Sheffield Volunteering website