Employability is a key feature of our University Strategy with a commitment to the transformation of our employability offer and the implementation of our employability promise to narrowingthegaps sector leading highly skilled employment and postgraduate study outcomes for our students.

At the core of the approach is the new Employability Business Partner Model built on the following principles

  • Our offer is accessible for all students at all levels
  • Students have access to specialist careers support through dedicated Employability Business Partner Faculty delivery teams, including Careers Consultants and Employability Advisers with departmental caseloads
  • Employability activity and student engagement is measured for impact
  • We will attract more and better employment opportunities for our students during their studies and upon graduation
Better prepared students Every student will have employability and enterprise skills integrated at every level of their course

Every student will have access to specialist employability support linked to their course alongside career guidance professionals

Every student will have access to a range of global opportunities from enrolment

Every student will complete a career readiness survey at enrolment and engage in a personal and professional development plan

Every student will have the opportunity to participate with the Hallam Award throughout their programme

Engaged and skilled staff All staff teams are engaged in the development of employability with our students

Every student will be taught by research informed staff who are engaged with their profession

All staff will have access to employability related CPD and online resources for employability best practice

Innovative and applied curriculum Every course will be informed by employer industry and professional bodies at every level

Every student will develop graduate attributes to prepare them for high skilled employment or further study

More and better jobs Every student will have access to graduate job opportunities through employer events (campus and in curriculum), fairs and Unihub

Every student will engage in work experience at every level of their course

The New Hallam Award

In addition to the core approach is the new Hallam Award, aligned with another strategic project – South Yorkshire Futures (SYF).  The Hallam Award recognises extra-curricular activity students engage with alongside their studies and the realised benefits of development of skills, self-confidence and capacity for reflection – features associated with employability and graduate success.  Bronze, silver, gold and platinum levels of the Award can be achieved.

Working in collaboration with our Students Union the existing award will be reinforced and up-scaled so there is increased exposure for all students to the known benefits and the value in completing the award.  The award aims are:

Extra-curricular activities To improve student engagement, achievement and satisfaction through successfully encouraging involvement in extra-curricular activities
Intellectual rigour to provide an intellectually-rigorous approach to reporting on impact evaluation
Coherent offer To make a coherent offer to all students: a desirable and meaningful award that marks their extra-curricular achievement as part of their external profile and which sits alongside their academic record
Development and progression To map extra-curricular engagement and activities against the new 3+3 Graduate Attribute Framework and provide students with the opportunity to help students monitor their development as they progress through the student journey and actively address any ‘gaps’ through
Improved outcomes To improve employability and graduate outcomes, as measured by the current Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey (DLHE) and new Graduate Outcomes Survey

The longer term, sector leading, ambition for the new Hallam Award is to use this development and roll-out to provide a framework for a version of the Hallam Award (e.g. The Sheffield Hallam Award) to be piloted with schools and colleges, from Y9 to Y13, across the region to support the progression strand of the SYF project to improve social mobility, educational attainment and supporting improved progression into higher education and work.

Much like the aims of the new Hallam Award, the proposed schools and college version of the Hallam Award will promote, incentivise and provide recognition for participation in a broad range of extra-curricular activities to build confidence, resilience and creativity, the three core Sheffield Hallam graduate attributes, at bronze, silver and gold levels.