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Developing yourself

Working on your personal development is a lifelong journey that begins with your studies. Our co-curricular activities allow you to take up a stimulating role beyond your classroom learning. From representing your peers, taking part in societies and competitions, to solving problems for employers, seize the chance to get involved, and boost your CV and employability.

Student societies

Once you join Sheffield Business School, you automatically become a member of one of our student-led professional societies giving you access to a professional community, connecting you with peers, staff and your chosen industry. Becoming active in your society is a valuable way to strengthen your networks, benefit from professional and peer support and enjoy a range of exciting student-led and hosted events.

'It's an opportunity to meet new friends, get closer to your tutors and gain practical experience of organising events. It's also something great to put on your CV and talk about at interviews.'
Phoebe Benta, BSc (Hons) Events Management with Tourism

Student representatives

Do you feel strongly about student issues and want to be the voice of your course? All Sheffield Business School courses have student representation.

'I used all these experiences… I could show the employer how many skills I actually had in practice and that was one of the main reasons why I gained the role at Microsoft on the graduate scheme.
Elizabeth Turton, BA (Honours) Business Studies

Consultancy projects

Access opportunities to take on a work-related project and tackle real-world challenges through the eyes of an employer. You’ll gain practical work experience in a safe and secure environment and increase your employability skills.

'I really wanted to make a difference to the University experience for students and develop my skill set. This role helped me to gain confidence and it also helped me to secure a placement at Bentley Motors.'
Sonia Ganatra, BA (Honours) Business Studies

Student competitions

We have strong relationships with professional bodies and industry employers who run regular student competitions. We encourage you to take part in these competitions, as they’re a great way to boost your confidence and achieve recognition for excellence.

Sheffield Business School Leadership Award Programme

This exciting leadership development programme recognises and rewards highly engaged students. If you’re lucky enough to win a place, you’ll benefit from the expertise of Common Purpose, the internationally renowned leadership development organisation. You explore and grow your potential by engaging in a range of leadership development activities. You’ll visit companies in the city region where you’ll engage with the challenges of senior leaders. By the end of the programme, you’re more prepared for life after graduation and will stand out to potential employers.

'The programme was absolutely amazing! I have no words to describe how good it was. The team created an engaging, exiting, and fun atmosphere where the learning and networking was encouraged. It was the best course I have ever been on and it has definitely given me confidence and inspiration to push my career and achieve my goals.' Graciela De La Cueva Vazquez, MSc International, Events and Conference Management graduate

Sheffield Business School Annual Inspirational Student Awards

Staff, external partners, employers and student peers nominate individuals who have demonstrated high levels of engagement and contribution. Winners are presented with their awards at a special dinner.

Our previous winners say:

'I'm so pleased to be recognised for all the hard work I'm doing in the community and I never dreamt of receiving an award for something that I love doing.' Laura Tarry, BSc (Honours) Nutrition, Health and Lifestyles graduate

Professional and managerial skills programme

If you’re a postgraduate student, why not join our programme of management development workshops? This five-week programme is aimed at supporting aspiring managers and leaders with advice on developing interpersonal skills, self-awareness, negotiation and networking skills.


Go Global is a series of projects and events which help you meet new people, experience other cultures and develop your global skills while studying at Sheffield Hallam University. You'll expand your horizons, make new friends and gain some life-changing experiences.

Opportunities with Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union

Volunteering can be a valuable way to gain experience and make a difference in the community. Find out more about the volunteer scheme.

The Hallam Award recognises and rewards students who have developed their skills through extra-curricular activities.

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