By the time they graduate our students will have gained an impressive range of knowledge and skills, obtained through their studies and by the additional activities they undertake whilst at the University. We want these achievements to be clear to all, so we have identified 'The Sheffield Graduate' attributes. We aim to enable all of our graduates to demonstrate that they are:
- knowledgeable in their subject
- a skilled and ethical researcher
- a critical, analytical and creative thinker
- an entrepreneurial problem solver
- information literate
- skilled in the use of IT
- an efficient planner and time manager
- a flexible team worker
- an accomplished communicator
- an independent learner
- an active citizen who respects diversity
- culturally agile and able to work in multinational settings
- professional and adaptable
- well rounded, reflective, self aware and self motivated
- competent in applying their skills and knowledge
This definition provides current students with clear goals for their time at the University and provides staff with a framework for identifying how they can best work with and support students in achieving these. To find out more about attributes, please select the left hand box "Information for Students".
Note: We have recently developed a new institutional Learning & Teaching Strategy for the period 2011-2016. The set of attributes above reflect the aspirations of that Strategy. Information, details of ongoing projects and links within the attribute pages will be developed over time. Information for staff who will support students in articulating skills acquired throughout their time at Sheffield is currently being developed.
How does the Sheffield Graduate concept relate to the Sheffield Graduate Development Programme and the Sheffield Graduate Award?
The Sheffield Graduate Development Programme is our local approach to personal development planning (PDP). Using the Sheffield Graduate skills and knowledge set as the overall goal, the purpose of the SGDP is to provide students with a structured and supported approach in:
- recognising their strengths and weaknesses;
- setting development goals in relation to their studies; their additional activities and their aspirations for employment and further study;
- identifying the opportunities that will enable them to achieve these goals.
We also recognise that students take part in many activities outside of or alongside their studies which enable them to gain the Sheffield Graduate attributes. The Sheffield Graduate Award enables our students to obtain recognition for these non credit bearing activities. On successful completion of the Award portfolio, participants receive a certificate and the Award is included in their degree transcript.