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The State of Sheffield: Global Perspectives on Local Issues is about introducing students to what it means to be a social scientist at the University of Sheffield. It gives students the time, space and freedom to think about how the world should be and to explore ways in which their chosen course can fit with other subjects in the social sciences. It's also a chance to get to know Sheffield, the city they've chosen to study in for the next few years, in a very different way.

For four consecutive days, all level one social sciences students come together to explore some crucial global issues and how these are having an impact in our city.

They work in groups of seven with students from other departments in the Faculty to look at issues as diverse as inequality, migration and climate change, and how these are impacting on Sheffield. The projects are led by enthusiastic academics from across the social sciences and all relate to the central concern of social scientists - people and societies.

As well as experiencing the benefits of approaching real-world problems from a multidisciplinary perspective, students have the opportunity to pick up some really valuable skills that will help them to make the most of their studies at the University of Sheffield. These include training in core skills such as research methods, group work and accessing data. There will also be opportunities throughout the week to pick up more specialist skills in areas such as poster-making, basic GIS and media production. These enhance students’ ability to carry out and communicate their work, and are the types of skills that will contribute to their future employability prospects. Students also meet people from right across the Faculty and hear from staff, external speakers and alumni whom they might not otherwise encounter. The State of Sheffield is a distinctive and innovative experience which students can build on in the rest of their course and beyond.

To find out more, visit the Achieve More website