Sheffield Graduate Attributes

The University has produced the below set of 'attributes'; a list of skills, characteristics and attitudes which all students should have had the opportunity to develop during their time at Sheffield.

Discipline-based knowledge

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you will be:

  • knowledgeable in your subject area
  • equipped to work collaboratively and confidently both outside and across disciplines
  • confident in applying your knowledge and skills to authentic challenges
  • able to exhibit ethical behaviour

Scholarship

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you will be:

  • experienced in the processes and methods of research
  • a critical, analytical thinker
  • creative and innovative, and able to understand and manage risk
  • equipped with appropriate information and digital literacy skills

Application of knowledge

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you will be:

  • confident in considering issues within local, national and international contexts, equipped to work in diverse cultural settings
  • aware and respectful of a range of perspectives and considerate of diversity
  • experienced at working in partnership with others, including communities and external partners
  • able to translate and adapt knowledge, and apply lateral thinking in problem solving

Development

As a graduate of the University of Sheffield, you will be:

  • a lifelong learner who understands the importance of continual development
  • an excellent team worker who is able to manage their time efficiently
  • a skilled communicator, comfortable with different styles and audiences
  • reflective, self-aware and able to take ownership of your own learning
  • professional and adaptable, resilient and flexible in your approach.

The Sheffield Masters Graduate

In 2016-17 a further set of attributes were also developed, entitled 'The Sheffield Masters Graduate', to outline the knowledge and skills our postgraduate qualifications enable you to develop.

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