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Photo of Tom HailwoodWhy did you choose to study at Sheffield?

The History department captured my imagination on the open day. The lecturers were so enthusiastic and passionate about their areas of research, and the wide range of study areas that were on offer were very exciting.

Has your experience so far been what you expected?

To be honest, my experience within the department has been even better than my high expectations. The tutors are so attentive and helpful, and the office hours they hold make them more accessible to students than you would think.

What are you particularly enjoying about your degree? 

Overall I think the best part of the programme would be the seminars. They are well organised and are a great environment to share new and interesting ideas. This year, the document option has been particularly exciting, with lots of opportunity to get stuck into primary sources.

What have you been studying this year?

This year I have studied European Fascism, The French Revolution, The Early Roman Empire, and British Politics and Society from 1867-1918. The wide range of modules that you are encouraged to study, across a diverse set of historical periods, means the course is always colourful and never dull.

What else have you enjoyed outside of your studies?

I have recently joined the History Society committee as Vice President and Inclusions Officer. It is a great way to get involved in History, both as a social experience, and to gain a new set of important skills.

What do you like about living in Sheffield?

Sheffield is a fantastic city. It encompasses all the exciting diversity and opportunities of a big city, yet retains a community feeling especially around the university. I think this makes Sheffield really unique.

Would you recommend studying at Sheffield to a friend?

I'd recommend Sheffield to anyone. I don't know anybody who hasn't loved their time here.