Work with our students
Working with our students gives you the opportunity to develop your future talent and ensure that students leave Sheffield Hallam with the knowledge and skills they need to make a difference in the food and drink industry.
There are many mutually beneficial ways your organisation can work with us to support our students' education including
By providing our students with project work, they gain real-world experience whilst you benefit from a free injection of up-to-date knowledge, professional skills and unique abilities. Projects can be for individuals or groups of students at undergraduate or postgraduate level, depending on your requirements. They can also include additional support from one of our expert academics. They typically include feasibility studies or a distinct piece of research work and last for three to six months.
Through funding individual scholarships or research topics, you can facilitate our PhD students finding innovative solutions that enhance your business. This might include developing new processes or technology. Previous examples have included improving product crispiness in the chilled food chain and the hot cutting and packing of baked foods to maximise shelf-life.
Factory site visits
Factory visits help our students contextualise their studies and broaden their knowledge of manufacturing equipment and processes. In addition, they can help our academic staff develop the course curriculum, raise your organisation's profile and provide an opportunity to explore potential partnerships.
We plan a series of guest lectures delivered by industry professionals in the academic year. One hour sessions are timetabled and typically include a 30-minute presentation and a question and answer session. This is a fantastic career development opportunity for a staff member and increases our students' awareness of your organisation.
Rising talent: how one student’s work placement with leading food equipment manufacturer turned into a first job
Baker Perkins is a leading Anglo-American manufacturer of food equipment and technology. Will Smith was a third-year undergraduate on the MEng Food Engineering degree when he was placed with Baker Perkins for his industrial placement year. Based in the Innovation Centre in Peterborough, Will was tasked with helping out the innovation team look at the next generation of bakery mixing technology.