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Published on Jul 29, 2016
City Connections is a unique employability initiative for widening participation students at the University of Sheffield. The aim of the programme is to raise the aspirations and confidence of students from backgrounds under-represented in higher education, develop their understanding of commercial awareness and provide them with a network of professionals they may not otherwise have access to. The project is a fantastic engagement opportunity for alumni at the University of Sheffield, to provide support, advice and a network to students.
The programme involves two skills workshops in Sheffield and a day visit to London, during which the students visit three businesses all linked to alumni from the University. The business visits include tours of the organisation, presentations from Sheffield alumni, and workshops. The day culminates in an evening networking event with Sheffield alumni hosted by an alumnus at their place of work.
The project first ran in March 2015 in collaboration with the Faculty of Social Sciences Outreach team. The programme has since been launched in Arts & Humanities (November 2015) and run again in Social Sciences (March 2016), which is where we filmed for this particular video.