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 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.