Resources for teachers and advisors
Here you will find a number of resources we hope you will find useful in your roles as teachers and advisors.
- Future Learn
Future Learn is an online learning platform. You can learn new skills and pursue your interests with one of our online courses - designed and presented by leading academics in their field. Discover more about dentistry, how robots can shape our future or even learn how to write a song... there are a wide range of courses for any subject interest at any level.
- Introduction to Higher Education
Intro to HE: Home or Away Session
This bitesize session introduces the options of where students can live during university. It explores the different benefits of moving away or living at home, and study abroad opportunities.
Intro to HE: Benefits of HE
This bitesize session aims to help students gain understanding of the benefits of higher education. It considers the reasons why people choose university and which careers require a degree.
Intro to HE: Additional Support at University
This session aims to introduce the range of additional support available to students at The University of Sheffield. It outlines who can access different services, and how they can help students.
- Study skills
Study Skills: Revision
This session aims to help students revise as effectively as possible. Students will learn a variety of revision strategies alongside core memory principles and how to tackle procrastination.
Study Skills: Academic Resilience
This session aims to build students’ resilience and help them to develop strategies in order to complete their work against a variety of setbacks and pressures.
Study Skills: Goal Setting
This session aims to help students to reflect on what they want to achieve as part of their education, and supports students to create a practical set of goals to work towards.
Study Skills: Research Skills
This session aims to introduce students to the key steps in the research process and help them develop the skills they will need to complete a research project.
Study Skills: Academic Writing
This session aims to introduce students on how to approach an academic piece of work and become more familiar with structuring an academic argument.
- HEPPSY Subject tasters
Astrophysics / Maths
This is two part session that covers careers in physics and a range of scientific and mathematical concepts including astrophysics, powers, inverse square law and unit conversion. Students will need a scientific calculator to complete the activity.
Through interactive quizzes and videos, this two-part session introduces students to different engineering subjects, engineering students, teaching facilities and engineering careers.
Through quizzes and videos, this two-part session will give students an insight into what it's like to be a Dentistry student at the University of Sheffield. The session will cover the Dental school and its teaching facilities and carers options relating to dentistry.
Through quizzes and videos, this two part session will give students an insight into what it's like to study Languages at the University of Sheffield. This session includes an interactive task about French film and information about career options after graduation.
Through quizzes and videos, this two part session will give students an insight into what it's like to study Languages at the University of Sheffield. This session includes an interactive task about German Music and information about career options after graduation.
Through videos and an interactive task this session will give students an insight into what its like to be a medical student at the University of Sheffield. Some common household items are required to complete the activity.
- Our staff and students
HEPPSY Graduate Intern Role
Cesca our graduate intern gives a quick insight into her role and the most important skills and school subjects required.
Christine, an Employability Advisor, gives us her an explanation into her role at the University.
This video provides a compilation of tips and advice from Study Skills Advisers and Tutors at 301 Academic Skills Centre for new starters at the University of Sheffield.
Our faculties and departments have provided specific resources for you here.
- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
English - Resources from the School of English specifically designed for Y10 and Y12
Philosophy - An Introduction to Western Philosophy podcast
Philosophy - The History of ethics podcast with Professor Angie Hobbs
School of Modern Languages and Cultures - A podcast on 'Kafka in Quarantine" from Dr Seán Williams, senior lecturer in German and European Cultural history
- Faculty of Engineering
Science and Engineering Foundation Year - A course overview of the Science and Engineering Foundation Year , covering the student journey from the initial decision right through to employment.
Engineering - This is an animation highlighting the difference between A levels and foundation year and why it's worth the extra investment.
Flashy Science - FlashyScience's growing offering of interactive virtual experiments for Physics A-level and GCSE are now FREE to UK schools over the 2020-21 academic cycle (https://flashyscience.com/).
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Dr Dana Damian from the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering provides an exciting introduction to the subject area.
Dr Jonathan Aitken shares information on Aerospace Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
Dr Michael Trikic provides an introduction to Bioengineering. Sample lecture title "Implants, Devices, Drugs, Biomaterials? Is this Bioengineering?"
A Bioengineering student at the University of Sheffield delivers a presentation on all the different aspects of Bioengineering
Dr Mark Ogden presented this taster lecture related to Chemical Engineering. titled "around the world with chemical engineering"
Dr Maurizio Guadagnini, Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering delivers a sample lecture on Civil & Structural Engineering
Dr Andy Nichols from General Engineering shares more about this interdisciplinary degree course and provides an academic taster lecture on "Fluid Mechanics for Interdisciplinary Engineers"
Materials Science & Engineering
Dr Chris Holland shares more about Materials Science and Engineering. Sample lecture title "Secrets of Spider Silk"
Dr Julia Carrell shared details on Mechanical Engineering. Sample lecture title "Sustainability"
- Faculty of Science
Faculty of Science video playlist - World class research and inspirational teaching in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Psychology at The University Of Sheffield
Finding Mr. X - Forensic Facial Reconstruction
An extra-curricular activity suitable for students aged 14+ with an interest in how forensic anatomy can assist police investigations.
This free 4-week course is available on demand. Your students will learn about the forensic technique of facial reconstruction from the experts involved in a real crime case.
By the end of the course, they’ll be able to describe the key muscle groups of the face, and identify basic information about a person from their skeleton and in particular, their skull.
Why are bird eggs different shapes?
A perfect teaching resource for introducing students aged 11+ to the concept of adaptations in animals.
Join Professor Tim Birkhead on Skomer Island to discover how bird’s eggs have evolved, in this fascinating short video.
Why is Photosynthesis so inefficient?
An ideal teaching resource for introducing students aged 13+ to the challenges of food security and sustainability.
Join Dr Matt Johnson as he explains the importance of photosynthesis to all life on Earth, its shortcomings, and how it could be improved to help feed our growing global population in this short video. Couple this resource with the written feature “The future of food”, to start a conversation about the ways in which researchers are approaching sustainable food production.
Dr Tim Craggs has shown that by using the photophysical properties of dyes, it's possible to measure distances within individual molecules of DNA and proteins. In this talk he gave to A Level students across the country, he explains how.
Edible Experiments with Dr Jo Buckley
Great as a teaching resource for students aged 13+.
Enthuse your students by exploring the chemistry behind certain foods, in these fun and easy-to-replicate “Edible Experiments”.
Explore why mustard burns your nasal passages but chillies don’t, the link between beetroot and camels, why you might taste boiled potatoes when you eat cheddar cheese or how beetles can make a surprising contribution to our food.
Watch the videos for an overview of the chemistry, then download the demo sheets to find ideas of how you can present them in your own classroom.
An interactive teaching resource for students aged 11+; ideal for extra reading or for completing homework.
Encourage your students to explore the chemical elements through this interactive periodic table. WebElements will teach your students all about the essential properties of each of the 118 known chemical elements, as well as other key trends such as electronegativity and ionisation energy.
Mathematics & Statistics
An extra-curricular opportunity, ideal for students aged 16+ who love to sink their teeth into satisfyingly difficult maths problems.
These problems are designed for current undergraduate students, so they will be tricky! The challenge puts less of an emphasis on finding a complete, final answer to the problems, but rather will encourage curiosity, creativity and collaboration from your students.
Using food to make maths more digestible
Great as a teaching resource for students aged 14+.
Dr Eugenia Cheng - The Math-ster Chef - will enthuse your students with her collection of unique videos explaining mathematical concepts using edible examples. Explore a celebration of Pi (π) day, how to make the perfect cream tea, Battenberg cake, puff pastry and a Möbius strip bagel.
Physics and Astronomy
The sky above Sheffield
An interactive teaching resource, suitable for engaging students aged 11+ in astronomy.
View images taken by the Starlight Xpress Oculus All-Sky Camera on the roof of our Physics and Astronomy department to explore the sky above Sheffield. For daytime/bright twilight/very cloudy nights, also see the Sheffield Solar All-Sky Colour Webcam.
Sounds of the Cosmos
A perfect extra-curricular resource for students aged 14+ with an interest in astrophysics.
Join Professor Paul Crowther as he explains the science of outer space, backed by an orchestra performing Holzst's “The Planets”, in this stunning collection of videos.
Life under the microscope
Ideal extra-curricular reading and homework activity for students aged 16+.
Three biological imaging experts explain the state-of-the-art microscope facilities and techniques being used by scientists at the University of Sheffield to solve global challenges like antimicrobial resistance.
Extra-curricular activity for students aged 14+ with an interest in psychology.
Mind Matters is a talk series, which aims to bring psychological research to the public. This collection of lectures will teach your students about the research that goes on in the Department of Psychology, and the real life implications of that research.
Extra-curricular reading for students aged 14+ with an interest in psychology.
Dr Tom Stafford from the Department of Psychology explores the psychology behind some everyday phenomena such as “Why do we need to sleep?” in this regular column for the BBC.
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