With a highly acclaimed archaeology department and numerous intriguing courses on offer, the University of Sheffield was the right choice for me.

Archaeology student Amy Derrick
Amy Derrick
Geospatial Specialist, Geoservices, Wessex Archaeology
BA Classical and Historical Archaeology
Former Archaeology student Amy Derrick now works as Geospacial Specialist within Wessex Archaeology.
Archaeology student Amy Derrick

Why did you decide to study this degree programme? 

I have always had an interest in human history and enjoy the outdoors. Archaeology seemed an appropriate pathway to explore this whilst allowing a more practical method of study that allowed me to learn, not only by studying, but by getting hands on with history itself.

What did you enjoy most about your course and the subject you were studying?

I enjoyed the diversity of modules on offer. I was able to curate a course that engaged my interests and also discover new passions through combinations of modules that I would not have had access to had I studied a different subject. I enjoyed being able to share my course hours between classical archaeology, practical/landscape archaeology, and the archaeological sciences.

What attracted you to the University of Sheffield?

The University of Sheffield stood out as it had an excellent reputation for graduate experience. With a highly acclaimed archaeology department and numerous intriguing courses on offer, the University of Sheffield was the right choice for me.

What did you do when you finished your degree at Sheffield?

After graduating from the University of Sheffield I found employment in the city in the hospitality industry. By the following Spring I realised I wanted to pursue a career in the archaeological industry and accepted a job offer with Wessex Archaeology as a field technician. After 5 years of fieldwork, an opportunity arose to join Geoservices within Wessex Archaeology and I was offered the position of Geospatial Specialist.

How did the department and/or University help you to work towards reaching your goals after graduation?

The University of Sheffield’s Career Service supported me in my final few months of my degree and into post-graduation. They offered advice on seeking employment as a new graduate and gave me access to various job vacancies within the city.

What do you like most about working in Sheffield?

I love the amount of green space Sheffield has to offer. You are never far away from a beautiful park, often with vast cityscape views with the rolling Peak District in the background. As an archaeologist working in Sheffield, I have had the opportunity to work on sites within the city centre and have excavated some incredible industrial archaeology. It is a remarkable feeling to be able to contribute to the heritage record in the city that I call home.

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