All posts by Samantha Jane Logan

Editor of the International Students' Bulletin.

Commonwealth Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK (CSC) awards over 900 scholarships and fellowships for postgraduate study and professional development to Commonwealth citizens each year and they’ve got some fantastic opportunities that are currently open for applications!

Commonwealth Scholarships – New Zealand

The first scheme open is for doctoral study in New Zealand starting in early 2017. The following universities in New Zealand are offering to fund one Commonwealth Scholarship each at varying values:

Click on the links above for information about the universities. Info about how to apply and eligibility for this scheme are available here.

Commonwealth Scholarships in low and middle income countries

The second scheme is the CSFP endowment fund, which supports Commonwealth Scholarships hosted by low and middle income countries. In 2016, Commonwealth Scholarships for Master’s level study are being offered in the following countries:

Click on the links above for information about the universities. Find out more about how to apply and your eligibility for this scheme.

It’s time for SHU Fest

Sheffield Hallam University will be bustling with music and dance!

As part of a week-long celebration of the arts, cookery and comedy, to name a few, SHU Fest showcases the talent and diversity of the University’s students and staff.

SHU Fest is now in its sixth year and with more than 40 events planned, SHU Fest 2016 promises to be an extravaganza.

Thai dancing, a Brazilian carnival and a Portuguese language class and are just some of the exciting events on offer to the public from Monday 29 February until Sunday 6 March.

Three Sheffield Hallam professors will kick off the festival with their unique take on some rock, pop and folk music favourites while showcasing their talents on the guitar, mandolin, bass and ukulele.

Meanwhile, the University will transform into the beautiful island of Sri Lanka where staff and students can learn to write their name in Sinhalese, taste traditional home cooking whilst enjoying Baila music and games.

Lessons in salsa dancing and a baking demonstration are just some of the activities taking place on Tuesday while on Wednesday, a stand-up comedy show by the Improv and Comedy Society is set to bring some hilarity to the festival.

The Cocklebread Band made up of Sheffield Hallam staff will provide a treat for the ears of folk and bluegrass fans on Thursday, while the Five and Dime Picture Show returns to host a free screening of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona on Friday, a film that critics have described as ‘one of this century’s great works of art.’

One of the organisers of SHU Fest and Sheffield Hallam’s international experience officers, Yat Fai Tang, said: “Sheffield Hallam University has an amazing range of student talent from around the world. SHU Fest is a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved in something extra alongside their studies, showcase their cultural traditions from home and abroad, and gain additional experience to make their CV’s stand out.

“SHU Fest is one of the many exciting SHU GoGlobal projects which aim to broaden our students’ horizons and foster a feeling of community amongst our 34,000 students.”

Download the events programme at

SHU Fest introduces James Barnett – a classical piano performance

Article written by journalism student Emily Fitzgibbons:

jamesbarnettePianist James Barnett is set to perform live at SHU Fest, Friday 4 March.

He said: “I’m a little bit nervous but no more than I would be playing anywhere else.”

James, who started playing aged six, said the piano has always been important to him. “I forget about everything else when I’m playing the piano. I remember the first time I heard my teacher playing. It gave me goose pimples and I just thought it was the best thing ever.”

He was classically trained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and is part of a choir and plays at church services.

James, who admits to not performing solo as much as he used to, is now a professional piano teacher. “Everybody has got music ability. It helps if you start when you’re a kid but I do teach a lot of adults who haven’t had lessons before.

Debussy, a French composer, is James’ inspiration.

Watch his performance at 1pm in Heartspace, Level 2 of the Owen Building.

Baking demonstration by Paul Benson

Article written by journalism student Chloe Botham:

Baker, Paul Benson will be showing off his talented baking skills in a demonstration at SHU Fest on Tuesday 1 March.

SHU staff member Paul, has been a keen baker ever since he was a small boy after watching his mum on baking days, encouraging him to try it out for himself.

With the rise in popularity in baking ever since The Great British Bake Off aired, Paul explained that people are getting a real sense of achievement from baking themselves. He said: “The pleasure is in the doing, seeing the end result and filling your home with a beautiful aroma.”

Paul took his love of baking even further last year, when he started making wedding cakes for loved up couples. He said: “It was a real test of what I had learned and practised over the years. It was a challenging project, but very rewarding when I handed over the finished cake. It was a great feeling.”

With years of experience under his belt, Paul still has the occasional disaster occur in the kitchen, ones which he hopes don’t happen on demonstration day! He said: “It’s all part of the learning experience. Many bakers who have been baking for many years still drop the occasional clanger; it’s what keeps you sharp. Never give up, just keep on baking.”

Paul will be sharing his special recipes for shortbread and ginger biscuits, for all those attending the baking demonstration, which may even include a taster of the sweet treats.

The event will be held at: Kitchen, level 12, Owen Building at 12-1.30pm.

Welcome from your International Experience Team

We offer specialist advice, guidance and activities to help you make the most of your time here. We won the Sheffield Hallam Award for Outstanding Student Support 2014.

Come and see us if you have any questions. We are based at Student Support Services at City Campus where we offer one-to-one and group support for international students.

Every fortnight we will keep you up to date with immigration, social activities and opportunities to enhance your employability.

Sign-up for the Hallam Award

12039238_10153532471010041_5655890262496162251_nDo you take part in SHU GoGlobal activities such as

  • ICE Club
  • Culture Connect
  • Conversation Club
  • Global Friends
  • SHU Fest
  • And more?

Get recognised for your achievements and reflect on your skills. The Hallam Award will help you practise how you might explain to future employers how your volunteer experiences have helped you become more employable.

Sign up now.


Go Global Week

Go Global Week is part of SHU GoGlobal – a project for students who want to meet new people, experience other cultures, develop their global skills and potentially gain life-changing eWeekGoGlobalxperiences.

As part of SHU GoGlobal you’ll be the first to find out about social events, trips, extracurricular projects and volunteer work. Like the Facebook page at

Come along to our Go Global Week events to find out more about how you can benefit from joining SHU GoGlobal. There’s no need to book – simply turn up!

Download the GoGlobal Week booklet

Canada Memorial Scholarship 2016

To us, it’s about identifying tomorrow’s leaders – individuals with the potential to inspire others with their choices and actions.

“So far, we’ve enabled 30 exceptional individuals – from journalists, professors, scientists and politicians in the making, to visual and creative artists. Every one has gone on to achieve great things and act as an ambassador for a connected Canada and Great Britain.”

Full scholarships are available to British students applying for any year-long postgraduate course with an accredited Canadian further education provider. canada university

The Awards are offered annually for British students or graduates wishing to pursue a postgraduate course at a university or other appropriate institution in Canada.

The Awards, tenable for one year only, will cover airfares, fees, maintenance, accommodations and other allowances.

Candidates applying for courses of more than one year may be required to provide assurances that they have sources of additional funding available to them that will enabled them to complete the course (These awards are not available for study at a doctoral level).

Candidates should be United Kingdom citizens resident within the United Kingdom. They should hold, or expect to hold, a first or upper second-class Honours degree. In addition they should be able to show convincing reasons why they wish to study in Canada.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate leadership and ambassadorial qualities as well as strong academic credentials.

For more information about how to apply, check out the Canada Memorial Foundation website: