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This Week’s News

Friday 22 May 2015

In this week’s edition…

Student Voice

Is your visa due to expire soon? You must attend a group session.


Best wishes,
International Student Support Team

Understanding coping and wellbeing in International students

A Sheffield Hallam research team are looking for International students to participate in focus group discussions which will be about an hour in length.

This research aims to understand the experiences of International students coming to study at Sheffield Hallam University.  The researchers want to understand the challenges these students face and the positive experiences they have.

The groups will be held in the Owen Building on

Tuesday 26 May
Group 1: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Group 2: 3pm – 4pm

Wednesday 27 May
Group 3:  2.30pm-3.30pm.

You will receive a certificate for attending. If you would like to participate please email Emma  at e.e.kirkby-geddes@shu.ac.uk

The study has received ethical approval from SHU Research Ethics Committee. The research team are:

Dr Emma Kirkby-Geddes, Senior Researcher,
Professor Ann Macaskill a.macaskill@shu.ac.uk
Dr Lisa Reidy l.reidy@shu.ac.uk
Dr John Reidy  jg.reidy @shu.ac.uk



Sheffield Food Festival, 23 – 25 May

This weekend is the Sheffield Food Festival!

This 3 day celebration of food in all its many wonderful forms is not to be missed, and this year’s festival promises to be tastier than ever!


There will be a full artisan food market, street food vendors and a beer festival tent all lining Sheffield’s city centre streets.

You can even visit a chef demonstration tent to meet some of the city’s culinary experts, put questions to them and sample their creations.


Check out the Sheffield Food Festival website for all the details and to find out about the competitions you can enter, and you can download the Sheffield Food Festival Guide too. You can also follow Sheffield Food Festival on Twitter and Facebook so that you don’t miss a thing.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

Summer is coming!

Not sure what to do this summer or just want some fun ideas?

The Students’ Union has created a ‘Summer of Fun’ guide to keep you busy and entertained throughout June, July and August and to help you make the most of your summer in Sheffield.


York Minster

Whether you want to discover more of the UK or get to know Sheffield and the local area better, there’s plenty to do! There are also some great opportunities to get more involved with the Students’ Union, try out new sports or play the ones you already love!

Sport Hallam-6-Team-GB-BB

You will find details of all of these activities and events in the guide here.

Stay safe and have fun!

Ice Club Xtra, Guest speaker, Paul Treherne, HSBC

  • Friday 5 June 2015
  • 3pm-4.30pm
  • Owen 1036

We are pleased to invite Paul Treherne to the University on Friday 5 June 2015. Paul is currently Service and Sales Manager at HSBC Sheffield and will talk to you about leading a team and delivering fantastic customer service.

This session is open to all students and will give a valuable insight into working in a large organisation and some valuable tips about dealing with customers.

To register for this event by emailing a.bromley@shu.ac.uk

There’s never been a better time to return your overdue library books!

At the beginning of July, Sheffield Hallam is changing the way students and staff borrow books from the library.

In preparation for this change, we need to make sure that our records are all as up to date as possible. This means that we need students and staff to return any overdue items to either the Adsetts or Collegiate Libraries as a matter of urgency.

Records show that we need 8,230 overdue books to be returned so that others can use them. To replace them, it would cost £228,064!


Therefore, to encourage you to return items, we’re having a fines amnesty – this means that if students return these items to us before Monday 1 June, any fines for items which are currently overdue will not be charged.

So there really has never been a better time to return your library books!


Home and International Masters-level students, can you help us?

We are interested in how you cope with masters level study and in examining the personal characteristics that help you cope.

The knowledge generated will assist us to improve the student experience.

You are being asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire which will take 15-20 minutes. Further details are given in the questionnaire.  If you would like to take part, please access the link below:


If you know someone else on a UK Masters who is willing to take part too, please forward the link to them.

The study was approved by Sheffield Hallam University Research Ethics Committee and if you have any questions you can contact the following academics:

Dr Emma Kirkby-Geddes e.e.kirkby-geddes@shu.ac.uk
Professor Ann Macaskill a.macaskill@shu.ac.uk
Dr Lisa Reidy l.reidy@shu.ac.uk


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):

To attend, you must book your place in advance by following one of the links above.

Is your visa due to expire soon?

If you do not book a one-to-one appointment to see an immigration adviser at least 2 weeks before your visa is due to expire, then we may not be able to assist you with your application and you will have to send your documents off yourself.

You must attend a group session before you can book a one-to-one appointment.

It is important that you attend a group session at least 2 months before your visa is due to expire. You will be unable to get a CAS application form if you have not attended a group session.

The next group sessions will be taking place as follows:


  • Thursday 4 – 2pm
  • Tuesday 9 – 10am
  • Thursday 18 – 2pm
  • Tuesday 23 – 10am

Please come to the Student Services Centre, Level 5 Owen or Heart of the Campus to book on to a group session.

Do you speak Mandarin?

Mandarin speakers are required for research into Psychometric test Developments.

Are you aware that online tests are often used by employers when they are looking to recruit graduates? Many use verbal, numerical and logical thinking tests. Do you wonder what your score would be if the test was in Mandarin? How would this score compare to the same test written in English?

The Careers and Employment Service are taking part in a research project with test publishers, Team Focus, to try to answer such questions and would like to ask you to participate.  In return you will not only get the chance to practise some of these tests but you will also receive a report that we hope you will find useful.

The tests that are available for you to take are

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Numerical reasoning
  • Abstract reasoning
  • Personality Type Indicator

If you would like to take part and access the tests online please contact Karen Allan, Employment Adviser on K.Allan@shu.ac.uk.

The trial is continuing throughout the summer.