The Sheffield Graduate Award (SGA)
✔ Get recognition for your extra-curricular achievements
✔ Develop your understanding of your transferable skills
✔ Articulate what you can offer to future employers
Whilst at University you have the opportunity to undertake a range of exciting extra-curricular activities alongside your degree, and through these experiences you will develop valuable skills.
In a competitive job market employers are looking for graduates who can demonstrate depth of experience, transferable skills and personal qualities, as well as a good degree - taking part in the Sheffield Graduate Award can help you stand out from the crowd!
What is it?
The SGA provides a framework (inspired by the Sheffield Graduate Attributes), to enable students to evidence, reflect on and articulate the skills and knowledge gained through taking part in local, national or international activities.
You may already be undertaking activities that are eligible for the SGA, but if not the award provides a gateway to a range of great activities across the University.
We provide support and guidance to help you reflect on the skills you have gained, develop your understanding of how you can take these into the workplace, and sell yourself to future employers.
The key elements of the award are:
✔ Completion of 50 hours work experience / volunteering for Undergraduates or 20 hours for Post Graduate Students.
✔ Completion of two Careers Service Online Courses (MOOCs) - How to succeed at writing applications and How to succeed at interviews.
✔ Completion of a skills based activity/activities of your choice for a minimum of 50 hours for undergraduates or 20 hours for postgraduate taught students, undertaken within the University or externally. See tab on left (SGA Activities) for guidance and examples.
✔ Completion of a reflective record to demonstrate and evidence activities and skills developed.
The SGA is a flexible programme; you can register in any year of your studies and upload evidence of each element as you complete it during your student journey, up to Easter of your final year.
What students say:
“Looking back at my achievements makes me feel proud and satisfied as they demonstrate that there is a lot more to my time in university than my degree. I have enjoyed all my activities enormously and these have helped me gain important skills, confidence and build relationships” - LLB Law and Criminology Student, 2016
“I thoroughly enjoyed the completion of the Sheffield Graduate Award as it has allowed me to reflect upon my University achievements. I now feel able to convey my strengths to future employers and reflect upon how I have changed as an individual” - BA Business Management Student, 2016
I'm interested, what next?
Registrations are currently open for PGT students graduating in 2017 only. All other registrations will open in Autumn 2017.
Please note you need to be using a University networked PC to access the registration page or have a VPN set up on your laptop/home computer.
Once registered you will be asked to select and attend a compulsory induction session.
Following your induction you will be registered on to the programme via MOLE.
Submission deadlines for 2016/2017 academic year:
Final year undergraduates: Wednesday 29th March 2017 at 1pm (IMPORTANT: 15 February 2017 is the last induction session for final year undergraduate students)
Postgraduates Taught Students : Wednesday 23rd August 2017 at 1pm
The SGA is awarded upon Graduation.