Post-16 Students to ‘Discover Social Sciences’ at the University

Cover images from the Discover Social Sciences posterA brand new extended outreach programme has been launched by the University offering Post-16 students from areas under-represented in higher education within the Sheffield City Region a chance to explore the study of Social Science subjects and the associated career pathways.

At the beginning of December, the University welcomed the first cohort of participants and their parents / carers to an information evening where they learned about the exciting programme of activities that has been designed for them over the next two years. The Year 12 students, from a total of 19 local schools and colleges, will have the opportunity to learn about the subjects studied within our Faculty of Social Sciences and hear what life at university is like from our current undergraduates. In addition, they will also receive support in choosing the right degree course for them, information on student finance and help in developing the necessary academic skills for higher education.

Academic departments involved with the scheme include Architecture, East Asian Studies, Economics, Education, Geography, Journalism Studies, Landscape, Law, Management, Politics, Sociological Studies and Town & Regional Planning.

Zoe Ollerenshaw, the Director for Learning & Teaching, responsible for widening participation within the Faculty of Social Sciences, explains: “Through a series of unique interactive events, our departments will work together to show participants how the Social Sciences can provide us with the tools, not only to understand our society, but also to make positive changes to how we all live. We hope that this programme provides the catalyst to inspire them to study one of these subjects at university and to embark on rewarding and successful careers.”

If you would like more information on the scheme please contact Stephen Carding, Outreach Activities Officer on or see the dedicated pages on our Discover Social Sciences website