Tag Archives: Competitions

31 August 2017 - 12:46 pm Meet the winners of our Evolve Business Competition

Every year, University of Sheffield Enterprise runs a competition to celebrate the growing startup stars supported by its Evolve Programme. This competition is an opportunity for entrants to increase awareness and exposure for their startup (FAME) and get a cash injection to help grow their business (FORTUNE).  Continue reading “Meet the winners of our Evolve Business Competition” »

3 October 2016 - 4:02 pm The benefits of becoming a councillor in the Students’ Union

The union has ample of opportunities for you to develop and improve your skills, but none are as interesting and impactful on your students’ experience as standing for the role of Students’ Union Councillor. The benefits go far beyond making you more employable, including:

Making interesting friends

The council brings together people who are really engaged and are here to make a positive difference to student life. You might meet people who disagree with you completely, but may still become friends with them. Alongside this, you will meet people with similar interests who may well become friends throughout your university life and beyond.

Negotiating and learning

Many times the Union council sees discussion on topics which are quite controversial. These issues might not have a correct answer and the policy would depend on which way the council swings. You might find yourself on the less popular side, as I did sometimes, but believe me here even losing is winning. You will learn more from a lost argument than one which was popular.

Making a difference

The councillors do amazing things. They have prevented departments from shutting down,  to helping to decide which companies are able to sell their products in the Students’ Union building, . Some councillors’ sit on various committees such as the finance committee, academic representative committee and many more.

Become informed and lead the way        

Ever wondered how democracy actually works? Wondered what happens in parliamentary debates? Well, students union council isn’t the whole of the UK, but it still provides an insight on how things work in a democracy. Seize this opportunity to get yourself exposed to debates and discussion to enrich yourself. Who knows probably you might be able to chart a new direction for the Students’ Union!

Wondering how to be a councillor? Click here to know more.

Do not fret if you are a first year student. I was one when I became the Councillor for the Economics department. One things I can tell you – becoming a councillor was one of the best experiences I have had so far at university.

I am running for the International Students’ Councillor, so who knows I might see you at the council some time!


15 March 2016 - 3:40 pm There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016

Hello USE Blog readers!


It’s been a while since my last post (apologies for that)!  I have however, been extremely busy supporting our students to do great things!  One of them being the University Business Challenge (UBC) – previously IBM Business Challenge.  Some of you may remember that way back in September last year, we recruited our teams, by putting them through a rigorous selection process, whereby students ran their own pizza company (simulated of course).  Continue reading “There’s no ‘I’ in team but there is in WIN! UBC 2016” »

17 February 2015 - 4:50 pm E is for….

If it isn’t one E word (enterprise) that I go on about, it is another one, employability.

We all know that the graduate market is highly competitive and you need to be able to stand out from the crowd. The way I like to describe this is by thinking of a cake: your degree is a great solid base that has got the essential knowledge that you need to do the job (or in a cake sense, you need the sponge to be a cake) but it is the things that you do on top of your degree that makes you more attractive to employers (and for me, the sprinkles, toppings and anything else you can fit on the cake makes it sooo much more attractive). Continue reading “E is for….” »

2 December 2014 - 11:44 am A Winter Wonderland Wander

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… and baby it is indeed cold outside… So why not come inside, join our merry USE interns, and browse at this year’s Winter Wonderland Christmas market!

Continue reading “A Winter Wonderland Wander” »

14 November 2014 - 10:13 am Enactus Sheffield: Most Inspirational in the World!

Here at USE, we are extremely proud of our Enactus team. They have an outstanding commitment to making the world a better place by using entrepreneurial projects to combat social issues. And it’s not just us who think so. Enactus Worldwide have named Enactus Sheffield the Most Inspirational Team worldwide.  But what is their story? Why did they win this prestigious award? Continue reading “Enactus Sheffield: Most Inspirational in the World!” »

6 November 2014 - 5:17 pm Want a pizza the action?

If there is a food that shouts enterprise, it must be pizza. Why you ask? Well, you can develop a good base of skills, have a multitude of toppings (allowing you to develop your creativity ), and it is very shareable (so you can develop your communication and people skills) . Continue reading “Want a pizza the action?” »

29 September 2014 - 10:30 am Register NOW for the IBM Universities Business Challenge 2014!

Need commercial awareness skills? Want to enhance your CV? The IBM Universities Business Challenge will allow you to develop your enterprise skills, ideal for when you graduate!

USE has got 6 teams to enter in the IBM Universities Business Challenge.  In this event, we are looking for dedicated undergraduate students to take part in our selection activity and the best students will go through to make the USE final teams.  Once placed in a team, you will have to meet once a week for six weeks to complete a series of decisions based upon a fictitious business which you will be running. Last year two of our teams went to the semi finals, where you make business decisions within a day based at a graduate recruiter (Such as P&G or Jaguar).

Continue reading “Register NOW for the IBM Universities Business Challenge 2014!” »

10 September 2014 - 11:33 am 2 categories, 10 finalists, 2 winners. Who will they be?

You may remember a little Enterprising Ideas Competition we run every year and this year was no exception. Students and alumni (up to five years from graduation) are invited to submit their startup concept or business for the chance to win cash prizes. Big cash prizes! It’s pretty exciting.

This year, we have two categories: Concept; and Startup. The winner of the Concept category will walk away with £1000 cash, whereas the winner of the Startup category will get £5000. This is all incredibly nail-biting stuff. But who’s in the running? Continue reading “2 categories, 10 finalists, 2 winners. Who will they be?” »

25 August 2014 - 10:04 am BORED.

So, you have finished your course for the year (or forever), been away for a few weeks with family or friends and you have nothing planned till September. You have come to the realisation that you can watch too much Jeremy Kyle and that your reading list for next year on Quantum Mechanics is (long pause) epic (not). What can you do over the summer?
Continue reading “BORED.” »