Christmas closures and support

As you may know, Christmas and New Year are coming up, and this means that the University will be closed for a period for festive celebrations!

Sheffield Hallam University will close on Friday 22 December and re-open on Tuesday 2 January due to the festive period, meaning that the International Experience Team and Student Services Reception will also be closed.

Both Adsetts and the Collegiate libraries will still be open – as they are 365 days a year, 24/7 – but will have no helpdesk support available.

Christmas can be a lonely time, especially if your friends are travelling home, leaving you in Sheffield over the festive period. However, there is support available if you need it, and you can find all the useful contact details in the leaflet here – Happy Christmas 2017.

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!

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.

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.


  • 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  and arrange a time to take part in the study.