Northern City Connections
Northern City Connections is an Arts and Humanities initiative providing you with an opportunity to meet alumni working in Northern-based organisations and develop your own network of professional contacts. The next event will run in April and May 2022.
Northern City Connections is an event designed to support students from under-represented backgrounds to develop their networking skills and commercial awareness, enhancing their career prospects.
The project provides students with the opportunity to build connections with alumni of the University of Sheffield who have 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 have got to where they are today.
What do previous participants feel about Northern City Connections?
- 100% felt motivated to do well academically and to take advantage of extra-curricular activities.
- 100% enjoyed the event and would recommend it to others.
Northern City Connections is one of the most rewarding and insightful careers experiences that I have taken part in.
I developed a lot of personal skills and I realised the type of career I wish to pursue in the future.
The networking skills and values I learned from you and the alumni have been so invaluable - I actually managed to find my dream job through networking!
English Language and Literature Student
1. Northern City Connections pre-event workshop - Wednesday 27th April, 2pm-5pm
Receive advice and information to prepare you for the online 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.
2. Northern City Connections business visits and networking event – Wednesday 4th May, 8am-8pm
This year, our three Sheffield-based businesses will be hosting online sessions during the day. University of Sheffield alumni from each business will talk about their career journey as well as providing insight into their professions and opportunities for graduates.
The workshops will be followed by a networking event, where you will have the chance to speak in small groups to a range of alumni working in the Northern region.
3. Northern City Connections post-event workshop – Wednesday 11th May, 2pm-5pm
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.
I had an amazing time and would certainly recommend the project to anyone who was in a similar position to me.
The experiences I gained have provided me with confidence and a new-found motivation towards my studies.
Who can apply for City Connections?
The event is open to all Arts and Humanities students at Level 2 or above from widening participation backgrounds. You must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible to take part:
- Be the first in your family to go to University
- Have a home address in a neighbourhood with low rates of participation in Higher Education
- Identify as belonging to a Black, Asian, or Minority Ethnic (BAME) community
- Be a 'first generation' student (your parents didn't attend university before they turned 21)
- You are a carer for someone
- You have been in care at some point
- You have a disability or specific learning difficulty
- You are a mature student
- You are in receipt of a UOS financial bursary
We will email eligible students to invite them to apply for a place.
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. You are responsible for speaking to your tutors should your participation in Northern City Connections clash with any timetabled classes.
To apply for a place, please complete the application form here. Thank you for submitting an application to take part in Northern City Connections 2022. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 10 April. You will be notified of the outcome of your application no later than 5pm on Tuesday 12 April. If you have any questions please contact Edd Poole on email@example.com.
I now feel much more confident and able to apply for a variety of graduate roles within the marketing sector.
They helped me to see the positives and relevance in the things I have already done.
French and Linguistics student
During the day, we will attend workshops with three different businesses based in Sheffield. We are pleased to introduce our alumni who will be hosting the sessions.
- Thomas Cross, Director, HSBC UK
- Andy Marsh, Managing Partner, Beech Tree Private Equity
- Jonathan Seaton, Founder and CEO, Twinkl
In addition to our fantastic alumni hosting business visits, you will have the opportunity to meet and network with up to 30 other alumni working in a range of sectors at the networking event. Further information on our alumni will be shared at the Pre-Event Workshop.
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