Presentations and workshops

We have created a range of presentations and workshops that we can deliver in your school or college.

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How to book

You will need to email the Schools and Colleges Team directly to organise any of these activities. The team can also work with you to produce more bespoke activities.

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Current presentations and workshops

All session timings are bespoke to the individual school or college.

Alternatives to Medicine

Year 12            Gatsby 1 & 7

This talk provides students with some alternative pathways and courses to Medical programmes. It aims to provide students with the skills developed during a STEM degree and also about some different careers within healthcare.

Applying to Russell Group universities & competitive courses

Year 12            Gatsby 1, 3, 7

This informative talk introduces competitive courses and the Russell Group, highlighting some of the positive aspects that Russell Group universities can bring to their students. The talk also focuses on how students can be competitive applicants and what they can be doing now to strengthen their skills and university application in order to stand out from the crowd. 

Choosing your course and university

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby - 1, 2, 3, 7

This session covers the range of factors that students need to consider when choosing a course and university. It is designed for the individual to think about their own interests and stresses the importance of researching different courses and institutions. 

Graduate top tips for university life

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1, 3, 7

Delivered by current students and recent graduates, this interactive talk explores top tips and advice for making the transition to university life. Suitable for post-16 students at all stages, stereotypes and myths surrounding higher education are tackled head-on, alongside an exploration of frequent worries and concerns students may have before going to university.

Introduction to Higher Education

Year 12            Gatsby - 1, 2, 3, 7

This talk gives students an insight into what Higher Education is, the benefits of HE, the application process, and what University is all about. There are plenty of examples of University life and experiences at Sheffield.

Personal statements

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1, 3, 7

This session is designed for students in the early stages of their application process. The interactive workshop focuses on the structure of the statement and helps students identify their skills and experiences.

Preparing for an Open Day 

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1, 2, 3 and 7

This session aims to prepare students for upcoming University open days and covers a range of factors to consider when preparing to attend, on the day and afterward. It is designed to support students in understanding what to expect from the day, different aspects to consider and how to get the most from their visit.

Preparing for a UCAS exhibition

Year 12            Gatsby 1, 2, 3, 7

This interactive session aims to prepare students for upcoming UCAS exhibitions and covers the range of factors that students need to consider when choosing a course and university. It is designed for the individual to think about their own interests and stresses the importance of researching different courses and institutions

Student finance and managing your money

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

This talk delivers the most up to date information on the student finance package available to students from the government. It also covers the bursaries and scholarships offered by the University.

The section on managing your money broadens students' understanding of the wider costs associated with attending university and introduces them to budgeting. 

Student Life

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

This talk gives students an insight into what it is like to be a student at The University of Sheffield. It covers the range of opportunities and experiences available to students throughout their studies, including studying abroad, placement years, part-time work and Languages for All.

Student ambassador and Alumni talks

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1, 3 and 7

This is an opportunity to book one or more of our student ambassadors (current students), to speak to your students. Student Ambassadors can offer personal insight from a subject-specific perspective or alternatively, alumni from your school/college could talk about their own experience of progression to university.

Student support for UKI students 

Y12 and 13            Gatsby benchmarks 1, 3, 7 

At the University we recognise that we receive applications from international students who are already studying at UK sixth forms and that these students have specific support needs. This talk can be delivered to groups of UK-based international students and outlines the student support available at the University of Sheffield from visa support to vacation activities for those staying on campus year-round. 

The UCAS process

Year 12            Gatsby 1 & 7

A talk that introduces students to the actual process of applying to university through UCAS. This session perfectly combines with either 'Choosing a course and university' or 'Personal statements' to provide students with more guidance on key parts of the application.

Transition to university

Year 12 & 13        Gatsby 1, 7

A talk on the transition to university, focusing on both the academic differences between sixth form/college and University, but also looking at moving away from home, increased independence as a student, and the support available to students.

Why choose university?

Year 12            Gatsby 1, 2, 7

This talk introduces the benefits of Higher Education, including skill development, career prospects, independence, and other aspects of student life.

Why Sheffield?

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

An introduction to Sheffield – the University and the city. This session covers the range of courses, opportunities and facilities available to prospective students. 

 Study Skills

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Academic Writing and Resilience

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

Skills builder: Staying positive and Aiming high

Workshop that equips students with study skills and effective writing techniques whilst fostering resilience to empower them to achieve academic success.

Critical Thinking and Research Skills

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

Skills builder: Creativity and Problem solving

Workshop that focuses on nurturing critical thinking skills and introduces research techniques for academic and real-world challenges.

EPQ Essentials

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

Skills builder: Listening & Leadership

Workshop that provides valuable guidance for students, including advanced research methods and essential information on the EPQ. Helps them embark on successful academic projects.

Note taking, revision and learning

Year 12 & 13            Gatsby 1 & 7

Skills builder: Teamwork and Speaking

Workshop that offers practical strategies for students to excel in their studies, covering note-taking, effective revision, and powerful learning techniques for higher academic achievement.


Subject specific sessions

Applying to Medicine and Dentistry

Year 12 Gatsby 1 & 7

This talk covers medicine and dentistry as a career, the application process and how to be a competitive applicant.

Intro to STEM

Year 12 & 13 Gatsby 1,3,4,7

This talk covers what STEM subjects are, the benefits of studying a STEM subject, and some of the potential career destinations following a STEM degree. The range of STEM subjects available at Sheffield is covered, alongside information on how to choose a STEM subject and how students can narrow down their options. Myths and student concerns surrounding STEM degrees are tackled via an interactive quiz.

Presentations for parents and supporters

Student finance

This talk for parents and supporters delivers the most up to date information on what student finance is, how payments work, support, and alternative sources of income, such as bursaries, scholarships and work opportunities.

Introduction to higher education

This talk is ideal for parents and supporters of young people who are embarking on the journey of supporting a young person to explore and make informed decisions about their higher education options. This talk includes an introduction to higher education, navigating choices and an overview of the UCAS application process.

Applying to medicine and dentistry

We appreciate that knowing where to start in supporting a young person through applying to medicine or dentistry courses may be a daunting process. This presentation provides information about these courses and what to expect from their application and selection processes.

What to expect from an open day

This session aims to prepare parents or supporters for attending university open days and what to expect. It covers factors to consider in the run up to the event, on the day and afterward to be able to best support students in getting the most from their visit.

Alumni schools speaker series

Our alumni go on to exciting careers all over the world. Many of them keep in touch with us after graduation and welcome the opportunity to talk to students about the benefits of going to University, share their experiences and career journeys and answer questions.

We offer bespoke, general or subject specific talks and Q&A sessions, whatever works best for you. We may even be able to match you with a graduate who previously attended your school or college.

School Groups

We can arrange a visit with a tailored itinerary that can include a mix of sessions such as taster lectures, campus tours, applications and personal statement advice, an introduction to student finance and student life sessions with current students. Subject to staff availability, these visits can be arranged at any time in the year through the School and Colleges Liaison team.

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