Discover US Programme
'Discover US' is an aspiration-raising programme for pupils in Years 9-11 who have the potential to access higher education but do not have a family tradition of going to university. We support these pupils to discover the University of Sheffield for themselves. To find out about what it is really like to be a student with us. We aim to make every young person we work with believe that University is within their grasp and support them to make a considered and informed decision about their future. Student Ambassadors are a crucial part of 'Discover US', acting as positive role models, sharing their experiences of student life and supporting the delivery of interactive activity-based events on campus.
The young people are selected by their school. Once selected, they start on the programme in Year 9 and continue working with us until Year 11. Activities currently delivered include:
- 'The Student Apprentice' an enterprise day where Year 10 pupils work with entrepreneurs to pitch a business concept
- 'Moving on, Moving up' a transition event for Year 11 considering study skills, decision making and the realities of student finance
All activities encourage young people to develop confidence, problem solving skills and their ability to work with others. In other words, the skills necessary to be successful at University.
Examples of activities on Discover US
Student Apprentice pitching an idea
Making a wind turbine
Making biofuels in the laboratory
Enjoying sessions in the summer school
Engineering self powered cars
Working in teams in Firth Hall
More information about the Discover US can be found by downloading the Discover US leaflet.
Discover US leaflet (PDF 2.2MB)
Please be aware that participants may only be registered on one extended outreach scheme at the University of Sheffield at any one time.
Interested in working for Discover US?
If you are a current University student looking to work on the Discover US programme, please read through the DUS Job Description and Person Specification which can be found in the downloads box on the right-hand side of this page.
You can complete our application form here.
Before applying for the programme, we strongly recommend that you attend a Recruitment Briefing session. These are taking place as follows:
Thursday 25th April 2013 - 9am-10am - Arts Tower LT08
Tuesday 30th April 2013 - 2pm-3pm - Richard Roberts Building A87
Thursday 2nd May 2013 - 2pm-3pm Richard Roberts Building A85
Outreach Activities Officer
Outreach & UK/EU Recruitment
The Arts Tower
Western Bank Sheffield
Telephone Number: 0114 222 2191