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.

1.Increase your social network
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 abroad 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.

 

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Important security update  – please read

A number of staff and students have received an email during the bank holiday weekend with a subject ‘Account update required’ and a ShuSpace logo. Following the link it contains takes you to a fake SHU logon page. This email is a forgery aimed at collecting usernames and passwords from those who fill in the form.

If you have received it please do not fill in your username and password in the logon form. However, if you have already entered these details please change your password as soon as possible as your account is at risk of misuse.

You can change your password by following the ‘Forgotten your Password?’ link from the University logon page reached via ShuSpace.

Please remember you should not follow links in any email unless you are absolutely certain they are genuine. If you have any questions or concerns about this or other suspicious emails please contact IT Help on 0114 225 3333 or ithelp@shu.ac.uk

A new peer mentoring scheme

For over a year I have been developing a volunteer peer mentoring scheme for International Student Support to help new international students settle into life in the UK, meet new people and improve their language skills.

I am alsSam Logano a part-time Master’s student in Coaching and Mentoring and I had the idea while doing some volunteer work with international students. I recently achieved Platinum Hallam Award for my volunteer work.

In my spare time I have been mentoring four mentees from different countries – Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong and India, with the aim of helping them to socially integrate into the university community. I have really enjoyed the experience, learning more about different cultures, widening my understanding of issues faced by international students and facilitating their positive transition.

We launched a small pilot in September 2013 to April 2014 for 44 students, which involved matching each mentee with a mentor from a different country.

Being mentored by someone from a different country can enhance your understanding of your own culture by helping you to notice and question things you might normally overlook. I believe cross-cultural mentoring is a fantastic way for you to develop your cultural intelligence, which will not only help you settle into university life, it will also help you to build positive working relationships in the future.

Culture ConnectThe scheme will be launched officially in the new academic year and we will start recruiting mentors and mentees from September. All current students can apply to become mentors, including home students. We encourage students who have taken part in extracurricular activities to get involved.

Mentoring is a two-way learning relationship, described by participants on the pilot as ‘learning through sharing’. Both mentees and mentors reported improving their cultural awareness, time management and communication skills. As well as gaining valuable experience for their CV.

‘Culture Connect is one of the best schemes being offered by Sheffield Hallam University for new students in Sheffield. I advise all new students to join this scheme.’ Sohaib Hassan, Mentee from Pakistan, MSc Applying Physiotherapy

View a selection of student case studies from the pilot project.

More information about the scheme will be added to the Facebook page soon.

Culture Connect – case studies

Culture Connect is a new volunteer peer mentoring scheme starting in September to help new international students settle into life in the UK, meet new people and develop their language skills.

A selection of student case studies about the scheme

Guinevere Chan

‘I would love to work in a culturally diverse environment where I can work closely with people. To achieve this it is essential to have strong interpersonal skills. Being part of Culture Connect has been a great way to socialise with people from different countries and this has improved my cultural awareness. I definitely recommend all students to join the scheme because the experience is so valuable. I recently achieved Gold Hallam Award for my volunteer work.’

Download Guinevere Chan’s Culture Connect Case Study

Noufal Kunhu

‘I had a great time with my mentee, helping him with his queries and learNoufal Kunhuning through sharing our experiences. We still keep in touch with each other even though the scheme has come to an end. I encourage students to get involved in order to boost your social life and have fun! You will improve your language skills, as well as having the incredible experience of getting to know different people and creating lifelong friendships.’

Download Noufal Kunhu’s Culture Connect Case Study

Olive Nyaga

‘Volunteering just a few hours can make a huge difference to another student’s life. As a mentor, you can develop your communication, time management and problem solving skills, which will be transferable to the job industry and make you more employable. I will never forget my Culture Connect experience. I would like to thank International Student Support for the chance to be a mentor.’

Download Olive Nyaga’s Culture Connect Case Study

Sohaib HassanSohaib Hassan

‘Culture Connect is one of the best schemes being offered by Sheffield Hallam University for new students in Sheffield. I advise all new students to join this scheme because it will help you to improve your problem solving skills, self-confidence and adjust to a new culture. Mentors offer a supportive relationship, giving you impartial advice, encouragement and space to reflect on your practices. I found it useful to learn from the experience another and it has increased my social and academic confidence.’

Download Sohaib Hassan’s Culture Connect Case Study

More information and details of how to get involved will be added soon to the Culture Connect Facebook page. Visit www.facebook.com/CultureConnectSHU

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 in the Student Services Centre 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.

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We recommend that you engage with the following social media to make the most of your time at Sheffield Hallam University. We will update you with the latest news and events.

Culture Connectfacebook.com/CultureConnectSHU
SHU GoGlobalfacebook.com/groups/SHUGoGlobal
SHU International facebook.com/groups/SHUinternational
SHU Festfacebook.com/SHUFest
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Staying in Sheffieldfacebook.com/StayingInSheffield
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Getting to know us

Krassimira Teneva
International Student Support Manager

Leads the International Student Support Team and is responsible for the strategic development of the services, staff and financial planning and management, and initiating collaborations within the University and the local community.

“I come from Sofia, Bulgaria and have lived in the UK since 2003. I spend my free time with my three-year old son, mostly playing in Endcliffe Park. When at home, our most favourite game is musical statues to Guido Belcante’s music (my son’s choice!).

I love reading and watching TV. The last book I really enjoyed was Aminatta Forna’s The Memory of Love about post-war Sierra Leone, and I am a big fan of The Killing and Borgen
I also love knitting, sewing and all things crafty, so this January I joined a craft and design co-operative to meet new friends with similar interests.”

Sonia Palmer
International Student Advisor

Provides welfare, visa and immigration support for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students.

“I enjoy singing as part of a gospel choir and am an active member of my church on Duke Street. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating out, reading and playing computer games.”

Helen Paskins
International Student Advisor

Provides welfare, visa and immigration support for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students.

I enjoy cycling, going for walks and watching films. I love living in Sheffield, and I especially love all the green parks and that it is so near to the Peak District. In my spare time I currently volunteer in my spare time with  SAVTE (Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English).”

Kezia Richardson
International Student Advisor

Provides welfare, visa and immigration support for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students.

“I love being outdoors in all weathers! Especially hiking and camping in Scotland and the countryside around Sheffield. I help to run a local group for children called Woodcraft Folk. I also love reading, travelling to new places, and trying out new foods. To relax, I do yoga, go swimming or do something creative.”

Ruchika Julka
International Student Advisor

Provides welfare, visa and immigration support for undergraduate and postgraduate overseas students. Oversees the international student welcoming services and social integration initiatives.

“I am from New Delhi, India and have lived in the UK since 2005. Like most Indians I love cricket, Bollywood and Punjabi music! I also enjoy reading, travelling, spending time with friends and dancing. I am a big fan of American sitcoms, the Harry Potter series and Madhuri Dixit. Besides my day job, I volunteer as Hindu faith advisor for students and staff at both Universities.”

Andrew Bromley
International Student Support Officer

Co-ordinates the meet and greet services for overseas students, runs the international orientation programmes, and develops social integration activities for international and UK students.

“I am originally from a small Yorkshire town called Pontefract. I love watching a football team called Everton and have travelled all around the UK and Europe to see them lose.  I also enjoy listening to an American rock band called Guided by Voices, travelling and meeting new people from around the world.  I play the guitar, watch television and have a twin brother called Richard.”

Find Andrew Bromley on Facebook.

Samantha Jane Logan
International Student Support Assistant

Assists with the delivery of international student support services; develops and maintains a range of printed publications and websites for international students. Co-ordinates the Culture Connect peer mentoring scheme.

“I completed my undergraduate degree at SHU and I am currently studying a postgraduate course in Coaching and Mentoring at the faculty of SBS. I enjoy learning new things, reading journals and listening to lectures on my iPod. 

In my spare time I like to go walking for miles through the countryside with Sheffield Walking Group, especially through Edale and around the Ladybower Reservoir. I enjoy keeping fit at Sheffield Hallam Active gym, attending SHU yoga classes and riding on my exercise bike while watching TV soaps. Every Wednesday lunchtime I relax with some mindful meditation at SHU Multifaith Centre. I like eating vegetarian food and learning how to cook more adventurous dishes.  I get joy out of visiting new places, for example recently I went to Yorkshire Wildlife Park and Heeley City Farm. As well as attending the odd nightclub event and dance festival to unwind.”

Find Samantha Jane Logan on Facebook.

Yat Tang
International Student Support Assistant

Assists with the delivery of the ISS services; co-ordinates the International Career Enhancement Pool and manages the Arrival database and the airport pick-up service.

“In my spare time I like to explore new places which combines my favourite hobbies together; walking, trying new foods and photography. I do this with my friends and we try to go travelling which we recently went to Amsterdam. Also, I like to enjoy spending time with family, improving my mandarin by attending evening school and playing badminton regularly.”

Find Yat Tang on Facebook.

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Victoria Ishaq

I work in the Student Advice & Information team signposting students to different sources of help within the University. I am also an editor for International Students’ News; which I enjoy as I get to find out about all the visa updates and social activities going on in Sheffield.

“In my spare time I enjoy baking, picnicking in the peak district, yoga, crafts including upcycling household objects, visiting charity shops and car boot sales.”