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This Week’s News

Monday 12 October 2015

In this week’s edition…

Student Voice
  • Are you a Spanish or Chinese native speaker? Participate in a research study and earn a £20 high-street voucher.
  • Don’t miss the Masterclass sessions which can help you learn the skills for studying at university level here.
  • Learn about academic integrity and avoiding plagiarism by using a free online course.

Best wishes,

International Experience Team

Help with study at university level

Masterclass is designed to support students unfamiliar with study at university level, or who need to update their skills, particularly in research and writing.

The Masterclass series consists of five 90 minute classes, repeated each week:

  • Every Monday from October 12th to November 9th
    12.30pm – 2pm, Harmer 2403
  • Every Thursday from October 15th to November 12th
    12.30pm – 2pm, Howard 5422

All classes are free, and you can go to any sessions that interest you. All students are welcome, but these sessions will be of particular interest to those returning to study or from outside the UK.

For more details about these sessions, take a look at the relevant shuspace page.

Spanish and Chinese native speakers required for study

Spanish and Chinese native speakers are required for a study organised by Gary Dicks, a PhD student and demonstrator in Psychology.

The study involves reading and responding to English words from a computer screen while connected to an EEG (electroencephalography) machine in order to investigate the sequence of brain activity associated with orthography (spelling/form) and phonology (sound) during reading.  You will receive a £20 high-street voucher in return for your participation.

What is the criteria to take part?

  • 18 years of age or over
  • Right-handed
  • Native Spanish


  • Native Chinese
  • English as second language
  • IELTS of 6.5 or higher
  • No language/learning/neurological disorders

Please note: EEG requires special conductive gel on the head that has to be washed out (facilities are provided for this) but the procedure is entirely non-invasive.

If you would like to participate or would like more information, please email Gary at

EEG psycholinguistics study - Spanish and Chinese participant advertisement

Enterprise Idea Competition

If you have an enterprising or innovative idea for a product or service, then this is the competition for you.

Who is eligible?

It is open to all current students of Sheffield Hallam University

When and how can I enter?

You can enter anytime between Monday 28 September and Friday 30 October.

 Visit the website to enter.

Create a 2 minute video addressing the following questions (you need to say each question on the video before you answer it):

– What is your idea?

– How will it work?

– Who are your customers?

– Why will they buy it?

– What are your next steps?

Workshops to help you:

The Enterprise Team are also running some workshops to help inspire you and come up with ideas to enter with.  

This isn’t another talk, seminar or lecture; this is your opportunity to develop skills that are relevant to your degree, your job prospects and employability, and for if you are considering setting up your own business. It is going to be a 2 hour interactive workshop, with hands-on practical skills development and the chance to have a bit of fun!

Workshop dates:  

Tuesday 13th October 4-6pm

Wednesday 21st October 4-6pm

Thursday 29th October 5-7pm


The winners of the Enterprise Idea Competition will be announced on Tuesday 17 November at the Global Entrepreneurship Week event ‘Hear from the Entrepreneur’

Want to work in the UK after your studies?

Would you like some visa advice?
If yes, then book a place on our Working in the UK after studies workshop.

We will look at all the possible visa routes for international graduates into full time work including:

• Tier 2 Scheme
• Tier 1 graduate entrepreneur
• Tier 5

The workshop will also focus on how to improve your employability and how you can make the most out of your time at Sheffield Hallam University. We will explain the visa rules and how to maximise your chances of success.

The next workshops will take place in the Careers and Employability Centre (unless otherwise stated):

Follow a link above to book onto the session.