Our ethos and approach

Our extensive schools' outreach programme is designed to inspire pupils and create engaging relationships between the University and schools and colleges.

Kate Smith working with In The City outreach students
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Our offer

We offer a range of exciting opportunities for groups and individuals from 11 years of age upwards. 

Our innovative programme includes taster activities, academics/students in the classroom, study days, conferences for teachers, essay competitions, classroom resources, practical hands-on sessions and student mentors. 

Ethos and approach

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities schools' outreach programme aims to create exciting and engaging relationships with teachers, schools and colleges. Our projects and events inspire students to identify with and pursue the Higher Education opportunities that are available to them, regardless of their background. We use our research-led teaching approach to stimulate their current learning in innovative ways, providing quality experiences to support their study.

We’ve collaborated with schools on numerous projects, including Project Alex, an exploration into the life of a mixed-race 16th Century Florentine duke, Kes and Beyond, where Year 8 students re-imagined themselves as archival researchers, and much more! 

Our schools' outreach programme is a fundamental part of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities' public engagement work. Working with schools via our students and staff is really important to us and is an essential part of several modules on our degree courses.


I have only positive reflections on the previous projects I have done with the University. They have served not only to boost pupil attainment through the expertise of University staff but they have also helped to foster high aspirations in the kids through their involvement and visits to the University.

Charlie Brennan

Hinde House School


Widening participation

Through our work, we hope to raise the aspirations of able young people who may not have considered studying at University. This could be due to family, personal or financial circumstances or simply because they may be the first generation to think about going to university, or because they live in an area where going to university is not the norm.

Some projects may be tailored or suitable for certain schools, so if you are interested in any options, please get in touch so we can discuss your requirements.

You may want to look at previous projects or our current research, as our best projects are often created out of mutual interests in curriculum and research.

Additional information

Follow the links below to find out about our ongoing projects and upcoming events with schools.

  • Our subjects and projects: see projects organised by subject. Here, you can get in touch with us about any work that we may be able to do with your school.
  • Search by year group for projects organised by year group.
  • If you’re a parent, teacher or student looking for information on Open Days, you can find more information elsewhere, on the open day pages.

Who we are

I work with schools locally and nationally, with the aim of getting young people excited about studying Arts and Humanities subjects and seeing the value of studying them post-18. I work closely with post-16 teachers in schools and colleges, running biennial teacher conferences at Sheffield in our Faculty subject areas. In June 2016 we'll have conferences for teachers of Modern Languages, Music and Philosophy, followed in June 2017 with conferences for Archaeology, History and English.

Linda Billam

Schools' Outreach Support Officer


I organise events for students who may not have a family history of participation in HE. I hope that by engaging young people I can raise their aspirations to HE study, build their confidence and de-mystify University life and study.

Edward Poole

Outreach Activities Officer

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