Support for your business


We offer a range of initiatives which can support employers wishing to recruit in a number of ways, including access to funding and help with making links with other parts of the University.

RISE is an award-winning city-wide partnership which connects Sheffield’s network of innovative and exciting small and medium sized businesses to graduates with energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas through graduate internships.

The first scheme if its kind in the UK, RISE has so far provided support and funding to over 50 employer and graduate partnerships.

The Sheffield China Gateway Scheme is the upgraded version of the GREAT Ambassadors (China) Scheme that was initiated by UK Trade & Investment and piloted at the University of Sheffield.

The aim is to link businesses with the growing pool of Chinese speaking talents at UK universities, who can benefit your business internationally.

Can you offer a 100 hour project to a postgraduate student? Are you a charity, public sector organisation or SME? 

By offering a project through the PAS scheme, you can recruit an intern to work with you for 100 hours between November 2015 and July 2016. This might be full-time in a block (e.g. during Easter or Summer vacation), or spread out over a longer period.

In return the University of Sheffield will provide a bursary of £1000, payable directly to the student.

We work closely with the University’s five Faculties and can offer you a fast and efficient way of establishing relationships with any academic departments you would particularly like to be in contact with.

Our Employer Relations Officers can facilitate links with the appropriate staff and enable you to work with departments in a variety of ways taking into account your requirements, timescale and resources.

Examples of opportunities to partner with departments include:

  • Hosting a student for a placement that is required by the course
  • Providing a project or case study for students to work on as part of their course
  • Providing a dissertation topic or Masters project
  • Holding a guest lecture
  • Offering a competition, game or simulation
  • Providing specialist equipment for use in teaching
  • Arranging a visit to your site or offices
  • Participating in Achieve More – our faculty-based, multi-disciplinary challenge activities for first year students
  • Participating in a departmental careers day or event e.g. an alumni panel
  • Offering an Employer Award, scholarship or bursary

Employer awards

The University of Sheffield Employer Award is a unique initiative introduced by the Careers Service in response to increasing requests from graduate recruiters for advice on how to make and maintain contact with high calibre students during the early years of study and develop a talent pipeline for future graduate recruitment.

The scheme establishes individually tailored, mutually beneficial partnerships between recruiters, the Careers Service and academic departments.

Student sponsorship, scholarships and bursaries

We can provide assistance if you are interested in offering student sponsorship or scholarships. 

These packages can involve the award of a bursary to assist with costs of studying, financial assistance towards tuition fees, work experience opportunities and/or the possibility of a job offer or fast-tracking through the recruitment process.

The Careers Service has an established reputation in developing and managing bespoke schemes. This can be demonstrated with our existing relationships with external partners such as Lloyds, Santander and Ernst and Young, all of whom are running successful programmes at the University of Sheffield.

Contact Us

Tel: 0114 222 0900