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Friday 6 November 2015

Student voice

Best wishes,

International Experience Team

Help create an International Recipe Book

At Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union we are publishing an international recipe book made up of submissions from our students, and we need your recipes!

So if you have any great recipes from your home countries that you want to share with the world, follow this link and submit them before the 11 November:  https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/recipebook

Complete the Student Barometer Survey!

3981-3 plasmaAt Sheffield Hallam University we’re committed to improving the student experience for everyone, and we work in partnership with you to make that happen.

What is the Student Barometer survey?

It’s a survey of Sheffield Hallam students that takes place every year. It helps us to better understand your perceptions of the University and it gives you the chance to comment on different aspects of your student experience and put your ideas forward for change.

Who runs the survey?

It’s conducted by i-graduate, a world-leading company who specialises in gathering customer insight and helping education providers enhance the quality of their services.

Why should you complete the survey?

This is your opportunity to tell us where we are doing well and where we can improve. The results are used to make the changes you want to see. Find out how your feedback makes a real difference.

As a thank you for completing the survey, there is a chance to win

  • a £1,000 cash prize in i-graduate’s prize draw
  • an Apple i-Pad or Amazon gift vouchers in the University’s prize draw

Plus, everyone who completes the survey will receive a voucher for a free hot drink*.

At the end of the survey, you can also nominate someone who has made an inspirational or transformative contribution to your student experience for an Inspirational Teacher Award.

When does the survey happen?

Once a year. The survey is live from Monday 2 to Friday 27 November 2015.

How long does the survey take?

It should take approximately 15 minutes of your time.

Will my answers by anonymous?

Yes. All responses are confidential and anonymous, and will only be used to improve our courses and services and for research purposes. You cannot be identified through the results.

How do I complete the survey

You will receive emails about the survey from Monday 2 November onwards, you can follow the link that will be provided in your email. Alternatively you can access the survey from www.shu.ac.uk/workingtogether from Monday 2 November.

*Terms and conditions apply

Diwali celebrations at a community centre

Diwali & Bal-Din Function: Diwali or Deepavali is the biggest and the brightest festival celebrated by Hindus across the world. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of Hindu lunar calendar month of Kartika.

Dates: Dhan Trayodashi – 09th Nov 2015

Narak Chaturdashi -10th Nov 2015

Lakshmi Poojan – 11th Nov 2015

Bali Pratipada & New Year – 12th Nov 2015 (Anna Koot prasad 8:00 – 9:00 pm)

Bhai Dooj – 13th Nov 2015

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, everyone dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light up diyas (Lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family prayers of Laxmi mata – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including sweets, and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends. Diwali also marks a major shopping period in some parts of the country.

Bal Diwas also called as Childern’s Day, is celebrated across India to increase the awareness towards the rights, care and education of childern. It is celebrated on 14th November every year coinciding with birth anniversary of the first Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru also called as ‘Chacha Nehru’.

At our temple we have organised Diwali function on 13th of Nov 2015. Details below:

Temple will be open all days from 7th – 14th Nov 2015 between 6:00 – 10:00 pm

We are glad to let you know our chief guest for Diwali function is Honorable MP Mr. Clive Betts.

6:00 – 7:00 pm Pooja

7:00 – 7:15 pm Chief Guest Welcome and Welcome speech

7:15 – 8:00 pm Cultural activities

(performances from Jigna & group, Balgokulam team, Mrs. Charu & Parekh kids group)

8:00 – 8:15 pm Chief Guest Speech

8:15 – 8:30 pm Aarti

8:30 onwards food

May this Diwali bring lot of happiness and prosperity to every one.


Jai Mata Di

Experience British Culture Trips

We have a few places left on our forthcoming trips,

Weekend Trip to Edinburgh, Friday 20th November-Sunday 22 November 2015.

Discover one of the UK’s most beautiful cities on our trip to Edinburgh.  We will be setting off late afternoon on Friday 20th November returning on Sunday 22 November.

The price includes 2 nights in a hotel, travel and entry to the historic Edinburgh Castle.  Tickets are priced just £110 and available from the Hubs (Students’ Union building).

Day Trip to Cambridge, Saturday 5 December 2015

Cambridge is a University city of historic buildings, ancient colleges and lovely bridges spanning the River Cam.  There are world renowned museums, fantastic theatres and live street performers.

Tickets are priced at just £12 and are available from the Student Services Centre, level 5, Owen Building.


British Cultural Event – 18 November 2015

A group of British students have organised an evening of British entertainbritish-flag-300x166ment for you.

The evening will include live performances of British songs, a British quiz, an opportunity to take a selfie with the Queen and other British icons and British food.  It is a great way to experience British culture and to meet new British friends.

The event will be held on 18th November in the Heartspace Cafe., level 2.

Tickets MUST be bought in advance (before 1.00pm on Monday 16th November).  Please buy your tickets from any till at Chef Hallam Central.  The ticket includes a hot meal (bangers and mash)


New Project : Healthy Relationships

The international experience team is starting an exciting project! Our project will provide support and advice to international students on the topic of personal relationships. We want to increase the support available about personal relationships, including  information about sexual health and sexual consent. We have two special announcements about our project:

1) Quick Questionnaire

Do you have 2 mintues to help us?

In order to offer the right kind of support, we would really like to hear opinions from our international students. We have a very short questionnaire with 8 questions. We would by grateful if you can fill it in by 16 November. Here is the link

We understand students might feel embarassed to give opinions about this topic. However, all answers on the questionaire are completely ANONYMOUS.  This means we do not know your name or your student number. We have no way to trace the answers to any student. Please be reassured that your opinions are completely private and safe.  Thank you. Your opinions will help us shape the project and how best to provide the support.

2) Job Opportunities

We are currently recruiting for 4 Student Health Facilitators. The facilitators will help us lead sessions for international students on the topic of personal relationships, sexual consent and sexual health. You can find full details of the position here if you are interested in applying: https://careerservice.shu.ac.uk/students/jobs/detail/297795/student-health-facilitator

The deadline is 9am, 16 November.