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Students at Sheffield have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities during their time at the University. These provide opportunities to build skills, provide social opportunities, enhance your future employability and can provide a productive break from study. 

These cover a range of skills from our Sheffield Graduate Attributes framework, attributes which the university community and external partners have agreed are likely to be particularly beneficial to academic success, personal development and employability.

Below is a selection of just some of the extracurricular activities available at The University of Sheffield. 

Faculty and/or department led activities

Your department and/or faculty will offer a number of activities that you can get involved in alongside your course and you should visit your department or faculty webpages to find out more about the specific activities available to you.

Academic, Research and Critical Thinking Skills

301 Academic Skills Centre

301 provides workshops, 1:1 appointments and online resources to enhance your academic skills for success on your course and beyond. This includes:

  • Academic Skills Workshops
  • 1:1 study skills tutorials
  • Maths and Stats workshops and 1:1 appointments
  • Study Skills Online
  • Level Up Your Academic Skills

301 is open to all students from all levels of study.

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The English Language Teaching Centre

The English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) offers a wide range of English language courses and services for University students and departments, as well as the public. Whether you are interested in studying at the University, are a student already or are simply looking to improve your English, our activities, services and resources could be for you. The ELTC has developed a variety of interactive academic literacy self-study workbooks, and some are available to you as prospective students. 

Once you are a university student, the ELTC is here to support you with your academic language and literacy through a wide variety of services including short courses, workshops, bookable 1:1 tutorials for writing and speaking, department based bespoke courses, credit bearing modules, SpLD tutorials and online resources.

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The University of Sheffield Library

The University Library provides opportunities for you to develop your skills alongside your course as well as within it. This includes research skills workshops, reading for diversity reading groups, and online tutorials, videos & guides. You can also apply to work as a Library Ambassador or work with us to co-create our learning offer as a Library Student Associate.

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Visit the MyLearning pages to find out more about the range of opportunities available to develop your Academic, Research and Critical Thinking skills

Work and Volunteering

Part time jobs

Getting a part-time job whilst at University has many benefits such from; gaining work experience, developing your skills, meeting new people all whilst earning some money.

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Volunteering

Sheffield Volunteering helps students to make an impact in our city through community volunteering. By taking part you're joining our friendly volunteering family of over 2,000 students and staff sharing their time, skills and enthusiasm with the Sheffield community. It's a great way to develop your skills, discover your city and make fantastic new friends along the way!

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Raising and giving

Sheffield RAG is a working committee of students at Sheffield Students’ Union who organise bundles of fundraising events over the academic year. All fundraising is completely student-led, this means that the committee, and student groups they work with, choose exactly which events they want to run, and the charities that benefit.

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Student Leadership and Democracy (Officers, SU council, Academic Reps)

Student leadership

Students power the Students' Union. Decisions are made by elected officers, council members,  and academic representatives. Find out more about how the SU is run and how you can get involved.

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Committees of the Students’ Union

Our Students' Union has a number of committees that students can get involved in. 

Our Liberation Committees play a vital role in the SU promoting the views and interests of, and organising activities for, specific sections of the SU student community. Not only are they the first point of contact (and a great place to meet) for students who identify as part of the group that the committee is set to represent, but they are also the key platforms to raise the voices of their members at our Liberation Forum and make campaigns happen.

The Students' Union also has Working Committees! These committees provide services and activities for all students of the University, or which benefit the wider community. From media, welfare and sport, to film, fundraising and events - working committees are run by students for students - they are a core part of the Students' Union and captured in our Constitution!

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Societies

Students run societies for every interest you can think of. From creative to craft societies, country or course-based, there is a passion for everyone and if there isn’t a society for your passion you can always start one!

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Fundraising & Bummit

Raising and giving

Sheffield RAG is a working committee of students at Sheffield Students’ Union who organise bundles of fundraising events over the academic year. All fundraising is completely student-led, this means that the committee, and student groups they work with, choose exactly which events they want to run, and the charities that benefit.

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BUMMIT

Bummit is the world's largest, student organised, charity hitchhike. Organised by an SU committee, and open to all students with two opportunities to participate per year. The goal of these events is to hitchhike to a pre-determined location within a given time limit and raise as much sponsorship through doing so as we can.

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Creative & Digital Skills

Creative Media

Creative Media are there to support you in communicating your work through the production of high-quality audio, video and online content. 

We provide bookable spaces, computers, software and recording equipment you need to produce audio and video creative media. We provide training, support and best practice advice to help you get started and ensure the content you produce is high quality.
Sports & Wellbeing

Sports clubs and social sports

With a wide variety of sports clubs or the flexibility of social sport sessions, getting active sport at Sheffield is designed for everyone. Sport also offers you numerous skills development opportunities and can help contribute to positive wellbeing.

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Learn a language

Languages for All

Languages for All is a university-wide scheme for all students wishing to develop foreign language skills while at the University of Sheffield. This could be learning a new language from scratch, or continuing to build on a language started at school or college.

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Supporting students in reflecting upon and recording their extracurricular activities and achievements 

We encourage everyone to record activities and experiences throughout their time at University and to generate a personal skills profile and record of progression which you can share with tutors, prospective employers and other educational organisations. This is done through an online portfolio tool called mySkills and you can find further information on the mySkills portfolio webpage.

If you are a graduate, you can continue to access your mySkills portfolio and can continue to access information and support for the Careers Service.

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