Sheffield Number One

Student Experience

The experience of a lifetime

Your time at university is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and at Sheffield, you will have plenty of opportunities to make the most of it. We're one university, with one goal: to deliver even more for our students, staff and partners. That's why we were voted No. 1 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Awards, 2014-15.

Read more about our No. 1 status here.

On top of this, the Students’ Union has been voted top for ten years now. Through the Union you have access to a huge range of student societies that cater for just about every sport and hobby you could imagine. This includes the Management Society (ManSoc) and the Investment Society.

Student Experience OfficeSupport from the Management School

Sheffield University Management School’s Student Experience Office (left) is based within the school, meaning help is always on hand offering advice on your programme, timetabling, dates for handing-in and getting results.

We know that some students may require personal and academic support outside the classroom. When you start your course you will be assigned a personal tutor. Your personal tutor is there to give you individual help and advice on academic and personal matters whenever you need it. We encourage everyone to meet with their personal tutor at least twice a year and additional meetings and specialist support are also available as and when needed.

Student Staff Forums give students the opportunity to voice any issues or concerns they may have relating to academic programmes. Students at every level of study elect representatives to the committee and meetings are held at least twice a semester to discuss any issues raised. This enables the School to monitor programmes regularly and to ensure that the quality is constantly maintained and enhanced.

Key facts

  • Number of applicants for each place: 11
  • Total number of Sheffield University Management School students: Over 2,000
  • Percentage of overseas students: 25
  • Distance from London by train: Just over 2 hours

The city and connectivity

Sheffield is regarded as a desirable place to both study and live. Although Sheffield is a major city, it has kept its strong sense of community. Residents are welcoming, tolerant and welcome students as part of the city’s culture and one of its assets.

It is a very green city, with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks, and one-third of Sheffield is in the Peak District National Park – thought to be the second most visited national park in the world. If you enjoy hiking, running or cycling, these activities are very easy to access.

The city also boasts a host of internationally renowned museums and galleries, a thriving music scene and the best regional theatre complex outside London. Regularly hosting high-profile exhibitions from prominent London galleries such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum (the V&A), sending its theatrical productions to the West End and boasting a vibrant design and digital quarter, Sheffield students engage with the culture and become part of it themselves.

Sheffield is in the heart of the UK and is well-connected by road and rail. You can reach London in just over two hours. Manchester and Leeds are about an hour away by either road or rail. The city is a significant part of plans for a high-speed rail link, which it is suggested will improve connections to other major business centres.

Airports such as Robin Hood Airport (Doncaster/Sheffield), Leeds Bradford Airport, Manchester Airport and East Midlands Airport are all very accessible by public transport and major road routes, providing readily-available international links to Sheffield. The city has an excellent infrastructure of local buses, trams and trains and encourages its population to cycle safely using designated lanes.

Home Office statistics rate Sheffield as being one of England’s safest cities. It has all the facilities of a major city but is small enough to be compact and friendly – all areas of the city centre are accessible by foot. Visit the university’s Safety and Security pages here:

Culture, shopping, nightlife and music

Sheffield’s award-winning theatre complex, Sheffield Theatres, includes The Lyceum, The Studio and The Crucible, where the Snooker World Championships are held annually in April/May.

The city has a variety of cinemas, some showing international blockbusters, as well as art-house creations at The Showroom. There is a successful international film festival, Doc/Fest, which is held annually to celebrate the year’s best documentary films. This attracts many famous guests and speakers to the city every July. A far-reaching city regeneration scheme has transformed Sheffield city centre by adding and improving public spaces such as the Millennium Gallery, Tudor Square, Devonshire Green and the Winter Gardens.

For shopping, Sheffield offers the best of both worlds. You can browse retail’s ‘big names’ at one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Meadowhall, or enjoy the large amount of unique independent shops located on Devonshire Street/Division Street in the city centre and around Ecclesall Road.

Sheffield is world-famous for its music scene and there are many venues where you can enjoy live performance of all types of different kinds of music. The University of Sheffield has a number of venues in and around the Students’ Union such as Bar One, Interval Bar and The University Arms. Find out more about the university’s nights out here:


Sheffield has an international reputation for exceptional sporting facilities. In addition to the excellent university-run Goodwin Sports Centre, the city is home to the English Institute of Sport, the World Snooker Academy, Olympic-standard swimming and diving pools at Ponds Forge, Sheffield Arena – home of the Sheffield Steelers ice-hockey team – and plenty of athletics facilities. Prior to the London 2012 Olympics, a number of big names brought their training to Sheffield. University of Sheffield alumni and Olympic champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis was born in the city and still lives here.

Career preparation and overseas opportunities

Lucy SydneySheffield has been ranked among the top 15 universities that employers recruit from (New York Times annual review of Business Leaders, 20 October 2011). In a challenging employment market, potential employers really value overseas experience and it’s a great opportunity to challenge yourself, gain a different perspective on things and even pick up a new language. Undergraduate BA International Business Management students spend the second year of their degree studying at a university overseas. There is also a range of exchange links available through our Erasmus scheme to study part of your second year at a university abroad.

Our global links are strong throughout all of our programmes, at postgraduate level as well as undergraduate. Sheffield University Management School’s unparalleled links with universities and companies across the world ensure that our graduates leave with the ability to operate professionally on an international level.

See more about the Erasmus Programme here
Find details on our international Summer Schools here
Read about our students' current experiences studying abroad on our International Blog
Studying Abroad: Student Testimonials


Enactus is an international social enterprise society, using enterprising projects to benefit communities both locally and globally. If you're passionate about social change and keen to make a difference, pay them a visit here.

Enactus is described as a ‘community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better more sustainable world,’ and this is easy to see in the work Enactus Sheffield does both locally and around the globe.

In the Sheffield area, the team has run projects ranging from a jam-making venture designed to support and rehabilitate the homeless, to a scheme that empowers through jewellery-making. On an international level, they’ve developed an enterprise in Bolivia, training locals to make thermal blankets from crisp packets, and in Nigeria created a shea butter business to provide employment to trafficked women.

Up-to 50 per cent of Enactus members are Management School students. In 2014 the team won Nationals, and represented the UK in Beijing, China in October 2014. Read more about their journey on our blog.