Botswana Accountancy College’s International Finance and Banking Society hosted the first ever Annual Banking and Finance Competition on Friday 5 October. It is led by Mrs Cynthia Chakahwa, who is a Senior Lecturer at BAC’s School of Business and Leisure.

The competition seeks to capture the contestants’ hidden talents through an industry skills competition. The BA (Hons) International Finance and Banking students were given current work-place scenarios and asked to present clearly outlined expectations and outcomes for each situation.

The responses from these problems will be assessed by industry partners and  selected individuals will be awarded a ticket to the firm’s graduate trainee program.

Good luck to all those who entered!

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 Everybody is welcome to come and cheer on the teams!

The Hallam Careers Fair

On Thursday 26 October between 11am–3pm, Sheffield Hallam will host over 140 of the best local and national graduate employers – this is a great chance to find out what they have to offer and to get noticed!

There is a range of opportunities on offer from a variety of disciplines, with companies offering summer internships, placements and graduate roles.

Companies attending include international corporations such as IBM, Unilever, Rolls-Royce and many many more, and is a great opportunity to gather information, network and seek out what they have to offer you as a graduate.

You can find the Hallam Careers Fair Brochure here, and more information can be found on the Facebook event page.

Walk to Heeley City Farm


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 <>
Date: 22 September 2017 at 13:38:24 BST
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 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.