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Venture Matrix

Venture Matrix is a unique work-related learning scheme at Sheffield Hallam University, which allows students to put their theory into practice through real life community advancement projects, which are accredited as part of their degree.

The scheme brings students together with private, public and third sector organisations, giving them the opportunity to tackle real life challenges and gain practical work experience, whilst allowing organisations to tap into the specialist skills, knowledge and insight offered by Sheffield Hallam students.

Students undertake community advancement projects, as a learning opportunity relevant to their discipline, developing key skills in support of their career aspirations and giving them an edge when they enter the graduate job market. For some of our students, undertaking these projects may be a key route to getting work experience, which can make an enormous difference to our students’ future career prospects.

Students work on activities within term time, as the work that they produce is assessed within one of the modules on their degree course. Depending on the student’s module, activities can run within semester one (October to December) or semester two or (February to April/May)

How to get involved

Whether you’re a small or large business, charity, community group, school or college, our students can help add value to your organisation, supporting on projects you may have struggled to put resources or time into. Students can also offer key skills, specialist knowledge and fresh insight to your organisation.

For schools and colleges, working with students can bring specialist subject knowledge and fresh insight into your classroom, support your pupils learning and academic development and help to raise the aspirations of your pupils through a direct connection to the University.

To find out more information about community and how to get involved:

Phone 0114 225 4468
E-mail venturematrix@shu.ac.uk
Tweet @venturematrix
Blog blogs.shu.ac.uk/venturematrix/

If you are an academic who would like to find out more about community advancement projects and how they can support your curriculum delivery please contact:

Charmaine Myers,
Senior Lecturer Academic Development (Employability)
c.e.myers@shu.ac.uk

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