Digital Media and Society offer holder days

As part of your offer holder day at Sheffield, you'll be spending some quality time getting to know the Department of Sociological Studies and your chosen course.

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Arriving at the department

You will have booked to visit us 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Please arrive in good time for the start of your booked session, as we'll need to scan the QR code from your booking to register you.

Your arrival location is: Work Room 1 in The Wave. You can view this on our interactive campus map, and there will also be lots of open day staff and ambassadors around campus to assist you.

If you arrive late for your booked session, please report to the general information stand on the Students’ Union concourse, where event staff will be able to help.

When booking, you'll be able to reserve a place for yourself and one guest at the department activities. To ensure safe venue capacities, the department will be unable to accommodate any additional unbooked visitors.

However, you're welcome to bring additional guests to accompany you on the day, and we would encourage these guests to take part in our range of central exhibitions and tours while the department activities are running.

Digital Media and Society offer holder timetable

You will have booked to visit the department 10am to 12.30pm or 2pm to 4.30pm on your offer holder day. Here's what to expect from your time with us. Timings are approximate and are subject to change, and so we recommend checking back prior to the event.



60 minutes

Welcome to the Department and Course Talk 

60 minutes

Taster Seminar for Students

60 minutes

Q&A Session for Parents/Carers & Supporters (at the same time as the student seminar)

30 minutes

Networking and Refreshments

For the rest of the day, you'll have time to take part in the central tours and exhibitions detailed in our offer holder day guide.  

Taster Seminars

You'll take part in one taster seminar related to your chosen course to give you a real taste of what it's like to be a student in the Department of Sociological Studies.

Below are the titles and summaries of the two taster seminars available to attend.

Taster Seminar 1

Games and Gatekeeping: Understanding why gaming culture - and our thinking around gaming - is 'stuck'

In this session students will be introduced to a number of sociological concepts to help students start to unpick why gaming culture can be described as 'stuck'. Students will be invited to think about how popular understandings around video games are produced, and how stereotypical constructions of 'gamers' are produced - and reproduced - by gaming culture itself, with consideration given to gender, sexuality and race. 

Taster Seminar 2

The Modern Day "Mean Girls": Understanding Anonymous Apps

Anonymous apps - apps that allow users to send messages to others without revealing information that might identify them (e.g., their legal name) - are incredibly popular with teens. But have you ever noticed how quickly individual apps - YOLO, NGL, LMK, Tellonym, Sarahah - rise and fall in popularity? In this session, you'll learn why this trend has emerged. You'll also be asked to reflect on your own views and experiences of anonymous apps, and to think about how we might make them safer. 

In this taster session, students will get a glimpse of what it’s like to take a class called Digital Identities at the University of Sheffield, through which our students gain a deeper understanding of their relationship to digital technologies. 

Parents and Supporters Q&A

An opportunity for parents, carers & supporters to ask questions and speak to current students and staff about the exciting opportunities that are available to you and where a degree from Sheffield can lead.

How to book

Please book your place on the offer holder day via the link in your invitation email.