Sheffield Universities’ open days are a brilliant way to weigh up the pros and cons of taking the next step in becoming a university student. They can give you an insight into the quality of the courses and institutions that you are looking to study on and in.
Undergraduate open days allow you to discover more about Sheffield’s world-class universities. You can tour all the facilities, campus buildings, unions and halls of residence. Listen to talks about the courses and curriculum from teaching staff and current students. Whilst the union and university provide information about all aspects of student life including advice about student loans and grants and discuss issues that currently matter and impact students.
When are the open days in 2022?
Open days are normally held between September and November before the application process begins. Sheffield University also hosts one day during the summer.
Dates for Sheffield University
- Saturday 9 July 2022
- Saturday 10 September 2022
- Saturday 22 October 2022
- Saturday 26 November 2022
Dates for Sheffield Hallam University
- Saturday 15 October
- Sunday 6 November
- Sunday 27 November.
Make the most of your open day.
Exploring around one of the Sheffield University or Sheffield Hallam University open days can be overwhelming with the vast amount of places and information available to take in. To get the most from your open day it’s highly recommended to plan ahead on what talks and buildings to attend.
Dry run the travel to and from home.
If you’re moving to Sheffield from far away, open days are an excellent way to test how the journey from home to university and back is. You will most probably be travelling home a few times a year (Christmas Holidays / End of term etc.) So use this as a practice to find the best way to make the journey.
Work out what you need to find out and who you might need to ask.
Course entry requirements, practical facilities on offer or even what time the SU bar opens? make a list of what you want to achieve from your open day and who you may need to ask. There’s no such thing as a silly question and everyone is there to help you find the answers. It’s worthwhile taking notes throughout the day to keep track of all the information that’s going to be thrown at you and to keep track of your progress through the day. You can always follow up with email or phone calls later for anything you missed.
Look around the student accommodation.
Open days are a good time to check out the student halls if possible to see if they fit in with what you want or need. they can give you some idea into whether halls are ideal for you or if you want to look around some private student accommodation available for your first year.
Talk to people who currently study in Sheffield.
The best source of information is the horse’s mouth. Current students can give you real honest opinions about what it’s like to study at one of Sheffield’s universities. The quality of the courses and teaching, not to mention insight into student life. Guides and recommendations are all very well but actual students can give the reasons why Sheffield Students’ Union has remained popular with its students, being voted the number one Students’ Union in the UK for over 11 years running. While Sheffield Hallam University won a Guardian University Award for student experience.
Looking around Sheffield.
If you look at it logically only around 1/3rd of your time is going to be in University. the other 2/3rds (including sleeping) are going to be out of hours and living in Sheffield. Looking around Sheffield and what’s on offer in the local area in terms of leisure, work opportunities and accommodation is highly recommended. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities for parks and open spaces in the UK, and it shows with the peak district national park right on our doorstep.
Your top priority for Sheffield University’s open day
Visiting talks and talking to lecturers should be your top priority on visiting an open day. After all, this is where you are going to spend the majority of your three years studying. Having an idea of what you want to achieve whilst studying can give you a clear goal. Can give you an understanding of whether the faculties and staff can help you on your learning and career path.
Understanding what is involved in the course, modules and methods of assessment can give you a clearer understanding of what’s involved. The course should be the most important element in choosing where to apply. What will you be doing on a weekly basis, how many hours of lectures, and what’s the balance between practice and theory? These are just some of the questions to ask when enquiring about a course.
Not sure if Sheffield Universities are right for you?
Just because the open day has ended doesn’t mean that has to be the end of the matter. If needed ask about booking to go to another day if possible. Contact the department and see if they can accommodate you on an alternative date. Follow up on questions you missed or have emerged since your visit. Alternatively, contact the University or other local organisations for other areas you would like more information about.
At the end of the day choosing a university to study at is a big life decision and not one that should be rushed into. But choosing to study in Sheffield can be rewarding in all aspects of higher education and your journey into adulthood.
Sheffield University offers a brilliant open day guide to showcase what’s around on their open days to help you plan out your day.
Sheffield Hallam University offers a dedicated area off their website with contact information and options to book for their open days here.
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