Getting involved

There are lots of ways for you to get involved in our departmental community, by joining activities run by the Sheffield University Maths Society (SUMS) or by taking an active role in student representation.

Staff-Student Forum

The Staff–Student Forum is a way for student representatives to give feedback to staff, on behalf of their coursemates. It usually meets twice a semester to discuss student issues. 

You can bring up any issues you have with a member of the staff-student forum and they will raise the issue at the next meeting. The minutes are published and all students are free to attend meetings themselves if they want to raise an issue personally. Get in touch with a rep from your year or the academic organisers to arrange this.

The list of of staff and student members is given on the following webpage:

Students' Union Council

At the beginning of each academic year, every department elects a representative to sit on the Students' Union Council, the main decision making body at the Students' Union. Councillors are trained to represent the views of students from their department.


Each year, Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALTs) from each department in the Faculty of Science work together on a project aimed at improving some area of learning and teaching. In the past, this has included making induction resources for new students, and conducting a research project into the personal tutorial system.

SUMS logo

The Sheffield University Maths Society, or SUMS, is the Students' Union society run by maths students. You can meet members them at the Activities Fair in Intro Week and they run events inside and outside the department throughout the year, including:

  • Regular socials, starting in Intro Week and ending with the annual SUMS ball
  • Sports teams and volunteering activities
  • Career talks and visits from employers

SUMS on Facebook

SUMS at Sheffield Students' Union

SUMS on Twitter