International Student Practice Interview Sessions

  • Do you have an interview coming up? Would you like some help preparing?
  • Or are you looking for a job and want to improve your interview skills?

 …If yes then why not book a practice interview session?

 What can I expect from a practice interview session?

Our practice interview sessions replicate a real job interview. They include questions about generic skills required by the job that you have applied for or the type of job that you are looking for. Taking a practice interview will help you make the most of your skills and experience during a real job interview.

What do students who have attended practice interview sessions say about them?

A recent survey revealed that 100% of students who had attended a practice interview session would recommend them to other students. Furthermore an impressive 63% of students who had a practice interview session before attending a real interview got the job!

How do I book?

Simply call in to the Careers and Employability Centre or telephone 0114 2253752.

Masterclass Autumn 2014

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

All students are welcome, but these sessions will be of particular interest to those returning to study or from outside the UK. All sessions will be held on Thursdays. All classes are free, and you only need to come to the specific sessions that interest you.

You must sign up in advance for each Masterclass. The signup sheet will be available in the TESOL Office, Science Park, Unit 3 the week prior to each class.

Masterclass is run by the University English Scheme (UES). For more information on these or other UES classes please come to the TESOL offices, Science Park, Unit 3, or e-mail ues@shu.ac.uk

There will be four sessions, session 1 is advertised below, more sessions will be advertised in future editions of IS News.

Session 1 – Getting more from your lectures: how to improve your note-taking and revision skills.

Thursday 16 October
11:00am – 12:00pm
Aspect Court room 15303    

Note-taking in lectures can be a challenge when you start studying at university; how do you keep up, know what to write and what to leave out, and what do you do with your notes after the lecture?

This session will offer some note-taking tips and tricks to improve your work in the lecture, and discuss how to revise your notes after class and prior to exams to get the most from your lectures.

This week’s news

Monday 15 September 2014
Social 
Employability
  •  If you are interested in working full-time in the UK after you graduate, then ‘Working in the UK after studies’ sessions provide information about Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa routes.
  • Would you like to help other international students settle into life in the UK while gaining useful skills? Become a Culture Connect mentor.
Immigration
  • Are you currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa? You may be able to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme which provides you with an additional 12 months in the UK to gain further experience in your chosen field.
  • Is your visa due to expire soon? We remind you about the importance of attending a group session with an international student adviser.

Best wishes,

International Student Support Team

Apply to become a mentor

Are you a current student? Would you like to help a new international student to settle in and gain volunteering experience to add to your CV? 

Apply to become a volunteer mentor for Culture Connect peer mentoring scheme*. This is an opportunity to improve your communication skills and learn about another student’s culture by sharing your experiences as a student at Sheffield Hallam.

Campaign Visuals-171-PostgraduateAs a mentor (student doing the mentoring/ helping), you will meet your mentee (student being mentored/ helped) regularly at university, a local cafe or other venue of choice. You will help your mentee talk things through, while demonstrating listening skills and challenging their assumptions where necessary.

Your mentee may wish to discuss

  • ways to meet British students, other international students and local people
  • British culture and differences from their home country
  • extracurricular activities and community events
  • small talk and making friends
  • other places to get support

There are a wide range of social projects, clubs and support available to international students on campus and in Sheffield, which you can sign-post your mentee to.

There will be regular training opportunities and networking events to support you. You will develop your coaching and mentoring skills. As a volunteer for the university, you are eligible to apply for the Hallam Award, which is highly regarded by employers.

Read some student case studies about the scheme and apply for the scheme. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 8 October at 5pm.

*Please note: places are strictly limited. If you are not selected there may be other opportunities later in the year.

Apply to become a mentee

Are you a new international student?  Would you like to learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and settle into UK life?

Apply to become a mentee for Culture Connect peer mentoring scheme*. There are a wide range of social projects, clubs and support available to you on campus and in Sheffield. This is an opportunity to enhance your social life, improve your English and learn about different cultures.

You could discuss

  • ways to meet British students, other international students and local people
  • British culture and differences from your home country
  • extracurricular activities and community events
  • small talk and making friends
  • other places to get support

As a  mentee (student being mentoredDSC00832/ helped) you will meet your mentor (student doing the mentoring/ helping), regularly at university, a local cafe or other venue of choice. Being a mentee involves sharing your experiences with your mentor, two-way learning and being open to challenge where necessary.

There will be regular training opportunities and networking events to support you.  As a volunteer for the university, you are eligible to apply for the Hallam Award, which is highly regarded by employers.

Read some student case studies about the scheme and apply for the scheme. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 8 October at 5pm

*Please note: places are strictly limited. If you do not get selected, there may be other opportunities later in the year.

Join SHU GoGlobal

SHU GoGlobal is a Facebook group for all Sheffield Hallam students who want to meet new people and experience other cultures.

Be the first to find out about social events, trips, extracurricular projects and volunteer work. You’ll expand your horizons, make new friends, and potentially gain some life-changing experiences. It’s all about bringing people together.

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One of the most unique things about studying at university is meeting people from all around the world. We have students from 120 countries, living, working and playing together. We’ll help you make friendships that will enrich your life – while you’re here, and in the future.

2. Boost your employability
The more people you know from other countries, the better your career chances when you graduate. In today’s globalised world, employers look for people who can demonstrate cultural awareness.

3. Spend time abroad
Want to study, work or volunteer 3714-8-GoGlobal-screensaver-HR2abroad during your time here? We can help you make connections. You get to travel, experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Whether you’re from the UK or an international student, ask us about the opportunities available to you.

Join the Facebook group now.

This week’s news

Monday 1 September 2014  
Support
Employability
  • Are you interested in working full-time in the UK after you graduate? Attend Working in the UK after studies sessions to find out about Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa routes.
  • Are you a current student? Would you like to help a new international student to settle in and gain and volunteering experience to add to your CV? Apply to become a mentor for Culture Connect.
Social
  • Would you like to meet new people and experience other cultures? Join SHU GoGlobal, a Facebook group for Sheffield Hallam students.
  • Are you a new international student? Do you want to learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and settle into UK life? Apply to become a mentee and get support from a Culture Connect mentor.
Immigration
  • Is your visa due to expire soon? We remind you about the importance of attending a group session with an international student adviser.
  • Are you currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa? You may be able to apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme which provides you with an additional 12 months in the UK to gain further experience in your chosen field.
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Best wishes,

International Student Support Team 

Apply to become a mentee

Are you a new international student?  Would you like to learn about other cultures, improve your language skills and settle into UK life?

Apply to become a mentee for Culture Connect peer mentoring scheme*. There are a wide range of social projects, clubs and support available to you on campus and in Sheffield. This is an opportunity to enhance your social life, improve your English and learn about different cultures.

You could discuss

  • ways to meet British students, other international students and local people
  • British culture and differences from your home country
  • extracurricular activities and community events
  • small talk and making friends
  • other places to get support

As a  mentee (student being mentored/ helped) you will meet your mentor (student doing the mentoring/ helping), regularly at university, a local cafe or other venue of choice. Being a mentee involves sharing your experiences with your mentor, two-way learning and being open to challenge where necessary.

There will be regular training opportunities and networking events to support you.  As a volunteer for the university, you are eligible to apply for the Hallam Award, which is highly regarded by employers.

Read some student case studies about the scheme and apply for the scheme. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 8 October at 5pm

*Please note: places are strictly limited. If you do not get selected, there may be other opportunities later in the year.

Apply to become a mentor

Are you a current student? Would you like to help a new international student to settle in and gain volunteering experience to add to your CV? 

Apply to become a volunteer mentor for Culture Connect peer mentoring scheme*. This is an opportunity to improve your communication skills and learn about another student’s culture by sharing your experiences as a student at Sheffield Hallam.

 As a mentor (student doing the mentoring/ helping), you will meet your mentee (student being mentored/ helped) regularly at university, a local cafe or other venue of choice. You will help your mentee talk things through, while demonstrating listening skills and challenging their assumptions where necessary.

Your mentee may wish to discuss

  • ways to meet British students, other international students and local people
  • British culture and differences from their home country
  • extracurricular activities and community events
  • small talk and making friends
  • other places to get support

 There are a wide range of social projects, clubs and support available to international students on campus and in Sheffield, which you can sign-post your mentee to.

There will be regular training opportunities and networking events to support you. You will develop your coaching and mentoring skills. As a volunteer for the university, you are eligible to apply for the Hallam Award, which is highly regarded by employers.

Read some student case studies about the scheme and apply for the scheme. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 8 October at 5pm

*Please note: places are strictly limited. If you are not selected there may be other opportunities later in the year.

Doctorate Extension Scheme

Are you currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa?

If yes read on…

The following information is for the attention of Doctoral students currently studying for a PhD or Professional Doctorate at SHU on a Tier 4 visa

Sheffield Hallam University now offers sponsorship under the Tier 4 Doctorate Extension Scheme (DES), a Home Office scheme which grants an additional 12 months of leave in the UK to Tier 4 Doctoral students who successfully complete their doctorates at Sheffield Hallam.

Successful applicants can use the additional 12 months to gain further experience in their chosen field, seek skilled work, or develop plans to set up as an entrepreneur.

Who can apply for the Doctorate Extension Scheme?

Doctoral students attending SHU on a Tier 4 visa, who are nearing the end of their studies and are about to submit their thesis for assessment. It is important to note that applications must be made BEFORE the completion of their award, so students interested in the scheme should start to think about their application before they submit their thesis (see below for details).

However, applicants must gain a straight pass or pass with minor amendments in order to be eligible to apply for the new DES visa.
Please note that students who are required to make major corrections to their thesis, following their viva, may need to extend their current Tier 4 visa and cannot apply for a DES visa at this stage. These students will be eligible to apply for a DES visa closer to their final submission date.

How to apply:

Step 1: As soon as possible after submitting your thesis for assessment and prior to your oral examination (the viva), please make an appointment to attend a visa group workshop with the Sheffield Hallam International Student Support Team (ISST). Here you will receive guidance on the application process and will be issued with a SHU DES Application Form.

Step 2: Complete Part 1 of the SHU DES Application Form.

Step 3: After you have completed your oral examination, you should arrange to meet with your Research Supervisor as soon as possible. You and your Supervisor must complete Part 2 of the form, confirming your final thesis submission date to the examiner(s) when any amendments have been undertaken and your ‘Completion Date’ (see application form for details).

Step 4: Complete Part 3 of the SHU DES Application Form and submit it as a hard-copy via post to the SSR Research Team. If there are any issues with your form – for example if any part is incomplete – you will be notified and asked to resubmit your Application Form.

Step 5: If your form is approved, SHU will issue you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement and DES CAS number by email. As soon as you receive your CAS statement and number, you must make a further appointment with SHU ISST to complete and submit your Tier 4 DES Visa application to the Home Office. You will need your DES CAS number to do this. Note: applicants must meet the requirements of the visa application, including providing the visa application fee and demonstrating sufficient funds. Please contact ISST for further details.

If you have any queries about the Doctorate Extension Scheme application process, please contact International Student Support Team via email at internationalsupport@shu.ac.uk

Find about more about the Doctorate Extension Scheme.