Hallam wins NCUK funding to offer PAL mentoring in partner insitutions abroad

We are starting an exciting project to introduce the role of the peer-assisted learning mentor to students on Sheffield Hallam courses in Sino-British College, Botswana Accountancy College, the School for Higher and Professional Education, Hong Kong, the School for Continuing and Professional Education, Hong Kong, Suzhou Health College and Hunan  University of Science and Technology, China.

Current Sheffield-based student volunteers will be trained to deliver one-to-one guidance and group sessions to Sheffield Hallam students in our partner institutions. The PAL mentors will cover topics related to:

  • accessing Hallam learning resources and online databases
  • using Blackboad
  • study skills
  • peer mentoring

The PAL mentors will spend 1-2 weeks in each instutution and will engage with study and social activities with students and staff.

Celebrating British culture through football

Our International Representative Sheriff Muhammed has organised a friendly football match between British and international students.

Football is a huge part of British culture, and this event is a way of celebrating this as featured in our British Cultural Month schedule of events for November.

If you are interested in playing on Friday 10 November, between 2-4pm up at the Pearson building at Collegiate Campus, please contact us at internationalexperience@shu.ac.uk. Everybody is welcome to come and cheer on the teams!

Walk to Heeley City Farm

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Join us on a short walk to Heeley City Farm on Sunday 15 October, to visit a friendly farm with an environment centre.

Meet at the main University entrance at 10am, with us returning at around 2pm. The farm is about 30 minutes walk from the City Campus and the trip is completely free of charge!

There’s a great range of activities on offer, so come on down and experience farm life in the UK!

Book your place online now.

Scam alert – phishing email warning

A significant number of our students received a phishing email purporting to be from our Finance Department, but originating from student email addresses at another university.  The email said they had been awarded a grant and they needed to click on a link to go to a form to complete their details.

The link took them to a fake university-branded webpage, hosted on a compromised server in the US. The web page asked them for a large amount of personal data, including date of birth, mother’s maiden name, bank card details etc.  Further, on submit it took them to a subsequent page branded to the bank that they had entered, asking for further information such as telephone passcode, last transactions, etc. In other words, everything necessary to steal identity and get past bank online and telephone security checks. A sophisticated attack.

This was clearly targeted at our students, as the site was branded and no obvious reference to other universities on the compromised web server, but it is possible that others will see similar attacks in the next few days.

 The original email header looked like:

 Example fake (phishing) email

From: University of Xxxx <xxxxx@students.xxxx.ac.uk>
Date: 22 September 2017 at 13:38:24 BST
To: xxxxxxx@xxxx.ac.uk
Subject: You have been awarded a student grant

If you receive an email similar to the above, then please do not reply, click on any links or give any personal information.

If you are unsure, please feel free to contact the International Experience Team on internationalexperience@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3813 for further advice.

Exciting new Commonwealth scholarship opportunities in Singapore

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore is offering four fully-funded Commonwealth PhD Scholarships – find out how to apply for this exciting opportunity!

This great opportunity is designed to nurture future leaders, with an emphasis on those interested in science and engineering. Four scholarships are available in any research specialism offered by NTU – you will not only have a fully-funded scholarship, but also benefit from international experience and cross-cultural exchange when studying and researching abroad.

Eligibility and how to apply

  • Citizens of any Commonwealth country are eligible to apply, excluding Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents
  • The scholarships fund full tuition fees, a living allowance of 2000 Singapore dollars per month and a resettlement & airfare grant of 2500 Singapore dollars.
  • Applications are open now and close on 31 January 2018. The scholarship start date will be August 2018.
  • More information on the terms and conditions can be found on the NTU website. Please read these before applying.

Applicants must complete the online NTU graduate research programme application and indicate on the form that they also wish to apply for the Commonwealth Scholarship. Applications should be made via the NTU website.

Trip to Graves Park and Bishop’s House

Join us for a trip to Sheffield’s biggest park!

There is plenty for you to visit and explore, including formal gardens, a rare breeds farm, ancient woodland, a cafe and more.

We will take the bus there so please bring £4 for a return bus ticket. You must register your interest with us here before the trip.

Meet our student crew at the Main University entrance,  Level 5 Owen building on Sunday 8 October at 10am, returning around 2pm.

Day out in Bamford

Visit a picturesque village in the heart of the Peak District with a guided tour led by Friends of Bamford Station.

They will show you local attractions and beautiful countryside landscapes. Bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

We will be taking public transport to this event which will be approximately £8 return. Book your place on UniHub now.

How well can you judge your own performance in tasks? – Research opportunity

 

My name is Derek Burns; I am a Doctoral Researcher in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. As part of my PhD, I am currently asking for participants to take part in a study looking at students’ ability to monitor their knowledge and performance on language and problem solving tasks, in UK and East Asian international students (e.g. Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Hong Kong and Vietnamese).

This is a great chance to be part of and experience research in the UK. It is also hoped findings from my research may help guide teaching practices in relation to both UK and international students.

Requirements

  • All participants must be over the age of 18 and a student at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Participants must either be originally from the UK OR an international student from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan or Vietnam.

What do you do?

As a participant you will do the following

  • Complete two short self-report measures of metacognition (Thinking about thinking) and a questionnaire looking at the reasons why you attend university.
  • You will be asked if you know the meaning of 44 English words.
  • Complete 30 problem-solving tasks involving recognising patterns, these tasks will vary in difficulty. Each task will require you to identify a missing part of a pattern from the options provided.
  • Answer 44 multiple-choice English language questions.
  • For each question, in the problem solving and language task, you will be asked how confident you are in your answer. Further questions will ask how many questions you believe you answered correctly on both tasks.
  • Give permission to the researcher to access your grades at the university
  • Should not take longer than 60 minutes

To participate

Contact the main researcher Derek Burns via email before the 15th November 2017 on d.burns@shu.ac.uk  and arrange a time to take part in the study.

Free academic English modules

Would you like to develop your academic English?

University English Scheme modules cover a range of topics designed to help students develop the language skills needed to succeed at Sheffield Hallam University. There are sessions on academic reading, writing and speaking, as well as workshops on topics such as effective proof reading and avoiding plagiarism.

More information on these modules can be found on the UES timetable.