What will I learn?

You will learn about and develop a range of skills that you might not have met in your modules so far. You’ll learn about developing ideas and how to make rapid assessments of feasibility, project management and planning, the importance of Intellectual Property and confidentiality of your ideas; during the process you will become a better team worker, gain a greater understanding of feedback and find out how to be a better communicator. It is all these sorts of skills that will improve your success and understanding in future modules.

How does it relate to my degree?

You are in the second year of your degree and will have one or two more years of study ahead of you. During that time, the knowledge and skills that you will learn and develop during EYH will help underpin your ongoing studies on many occasions.

Will you be undertaking projects (whether individually or in groups)? Learning about project management will come in handy then!

Will you be working in groups? Learning how to work together in a team and overcome difficulties will be useful!

Will you have to use your knowledge and judgment to solve a real-world problem? Real problems are complex and often involve balancing conflicting requirements. To develop effective engineering solutions involves an iterative process of problem analysis, solution identification, development and critical evaluation and decisions based on engineering knowledge and judgement. This project will provide a framework for tackling complex problems.

Will you ever do work that involves working with the constraints of a particular geographical location or requirements of a user group not exactly the same as yourself? Understanding more about the world, global issues and how sustainability and inter-linked systems underpin successful engineering solutions might be useful.

Will you ever work for a “client”? Being able to view things from a different perspective is fundamental to all engineers/computer scientists.

Will you ever have to explain/ answer questions about your own work? If we aren’t able to explain to others the value and importance of the work we do, then people will stop believing in us/ funding us/ employing us!

My degree is accredited, does it impact on that?

The skills and knowledge learnt in both EYH and GEC are now part of the accreditation for your degree. These include:

  • Engage in the creative and innovative development of engineering technology.
  • Plan, budget, organise, direct and control tasks, people and resources.
  • Demonstrate personal and social skills.
  • Lead teams and develop staff to meet changing technical and managerial needs.
  • Present and discuss proposals.Communicate in English with others at all levels. 

Will it help me get a job?

When you go for a job, employers know what they are looking for in candidates. Jaguar Land Rover, for example, expects their employees to have sufficient skills to meet their Higher Performance Behaviours:

  • A sense of “my business”
  • Effective relationships
  • Strong teams
  • Efficient delivery
  • Agility and flexibility
  • Positive impact
  • Clear direction
  • High performance.

It will be the culmination of all these abilities that make you an employable graduate. Engineering You’re Hired gives you the opportunity to help develop these sought after skills. When you come to apply for a placement, internships and jobs (engineering based or not), you’ll be able to give employers examples of when and how you developed these core job qualities. This is an opportunity for you to get one step ahead of the person who will be sitting next to you at your next job interview!


Where do I go?

At 9am on Monday 28th January 2019, you need to be in a lecture theatre for the opening of EYH. You will be told which lecture theatre in an email you will receive in the week beginning 14th January 2019. This information will also be available from this website. You will be instructed in the opening lecture, where to go next.

Who will be in my group?

All students are given the opportunity to rank the projects in order of preference. The groups of 6 (occasionally 7) are compiled using this information, but we also want to mix you up, so we will ensure that there are students from several departments in every group. There are nearly 1300 second year students in the Faculty of Engineering and all are doing EYH. It is therefore unlikely (although not impossible) that you will know your other group members. You will do by the end of the week.

What is a hub?

Six groups are gathered together in a hub.  Each hub has its own room for the week and its own dedicated hub Facilitator. Your Facilitator is a PhD student.

Who will be helping me?

 Hub Facilitator

The person you will most often see is your Hub Facilitator who is a PhD student. The Facilitators will be both leading on the teaching and helping you progress your project.

All the Facilitators are doing PhDs, either within the Faculty of Engineering or in allied subject areas. They are a friendly bunch; maybe you are interested in finding out a bit about their PhD and why they chose to carry on studying?


Each Hub has a dedicated staff member who will be there at a number of times in the week.

An Industrial Mentor

On the Wednesday, there will be “Industrial Mentors” present. These are people from engineering companies who will be involved in activities throughout the day. This will include them visiting the hubs and talking to groups about their projects; they will also be in the “Boardrooms”.

What happens in the Boardroom?

Have you ever watched the TV show “The Apprentice”? In The Apprentice, a team of people who have been tasked with an activity under a nominated team leader, report back to the “Board” at the end of the day, detailing their achievements and any problems. Similarly, during EYH, your team will go to the Boardroom at the end of each day. The Board will comprise your Hub Facilitator, your Hub Staff member and (when available) an Industrial Mentor. The team, led by the team leader, will then report on their progress, achievements and problems so far. The Board will ask questions and give feedback, in order to help the team progress.


How do I pass?

The assessment of EYH is modeled on what happens in the workplace. Students are expected to be present (from 9am-5pm each day), to contribute positively to their team and that the team produces good outputs (Project Proposal and a Pitch). All these elements of work will be assessed and contribute to whether you pass the week.

How do I achieve a distinction?

Where the Groups Proposal and Pitch are marked as a distinction and provided the group members have contributed fully, then members will be awarded a distinction. This will be recorded on their transcript.

What happens if I fail?

The EYH is obligatory for progression through your degree. If you fail, the procedure will be the same as for other formal assessments, such as exams. That is, you will be offered the opportunity to do a resit activity.

How do my group win a prize?

On the Friday afternoon and in each Hub, the 6 groups pitch to the Board who will decide which project they will “fund”. A senior person from Industry will be part of the Board. The “funded” group in each hub will be given a small prize.


What do I do if I’m ill or I have a personal problem which prevents me attending?

If you are ill or experience a personal problem that prevents you from attending part or all of the EYH, then you must do two things:

  1. Phone your department immediately.ACSE = 0114 2225250
    CBE = 0114 2227539
    CIV = 0114 2225738
    COM = 0114 2221800
    EEE = 0114 2225411
    MAT = 0114 2225467
    MEC = 0114 2227803
    IPO = 0114 2227852Should this go to answer machine then leave a message stating your name, your department and a contact phone number.

2.  Complete an  Extenuating Circumstances Form which can be downloaded or collected in person from SSiD. You will need to provide a doctor’s note and then submit the completed form along with your doctors note to your departmental office.

Please note that your Extenuating Circumstances Form must be with your department by Monday February 5th.

ASCE = acse-support@sheffield.ac.uk
CBE = cbe-studentsupport@sheffield.ac.uk
CIV = civil-support@sheffield.ac.uk
COM = dcs@sheffield.ac.uk
EEE = infoeee@sheffield.ac.uk
MAT = l.c.mason@sheffied.ac.uk​
MEC = jason.hawley@sheffield.ac.uk
IPO = ipo-enquiries@sheffield.ac.uk

Please note that as the EYH is part of the formal assessment for your degree, the same rules apply as for exams. The explanatory notes detailing what constitutes Extenutating Circumstances are here http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/ssid/forms/circsnotes.

What are the implications of missing part or all of the EYH through Extenuating Circumstances?

The EYH is a formal assessment and as such you need to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning that is required. Missing part of all of the week due to Extenuating Circumstances means that your absence will be recorded on your student record as “Not Assessed” or NA (as opposed to a Fail if you did not have Extenuating Circumstances).  However, you will still need to do the work to demonstrate your competence in this subject area.  You will therefore be asked to do a resit activity.  

What happens if I have a job interview or assessment centre?

If you have a job interview or assessment centre and let us know in advance, then you will be exempt the time to attend the event. You will need to provide evidence. 

Please complete the google form linked here providing details of the activity and the evidence. A member of the project team will email you to confirm that you have an agreed absence from EYH. 

What happens if I have an exam?

  If you have an exam then you need to let us know. Please complete the google form linked here to. A member of the project team will email you to confirm that you have an agreed absence from EYH:

Absence Form


What happens if I am late?

 Your Hub Facilitator will explain on your first meeting the process for monitoring attendance. If you are late arriving at your Hub then you should follow what you have been told to do.

The amount of time that you are late over the week will be summed up and may lead to you failing the week. You will then have to do the resit assignment in order to achieve a Pass.

I am playing sport on Wednesday afternoon, what do I do?

If you are representing the University in a British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) fixture on the Wednesday afternoon then you will be exempt this time. If its an away fixture, then you will be allowed the morning off for travel. However, you must let us know in advance of the week by completing the google form. Please note that the SU are also helping us by providing fixtures and team lists. 

Absence Form

What happens if I have religious commitments?

If you have religious commitments during the week, then you may already have told us by way of the Religious Observance form, linked below:


If you have not done that then you need to let us know by email as soon as possible (eyh@sheffield.ac.uk) and during the week, you should talk to your Hub facilitator about any conflicts in the week.


How do I contact the organisers?

Michael is the administrator of the EYH and you can contact him on: eyh@sheffield.ac.uk