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This week’s news

Monday 29 September 2014
  • Beware of scams! If you receive a suspicious email or phone call, do not give out any personal information and never make any payments.
  • Would you like some maths and statistics help?
  • Want some help with studying at university level or to update your skills in research and writing? Find out about Masterclass sessions.
  • There are lots of social activities coming up including  Conversation Club, which is a fortnightly networking event and an Indonesian Cultural Event, organised by students.
  • Find out about Navratri Festival Celebrations taking place in Sheffield from now until Friday 3 October.
  • Remember to check the events calendar regularly and book your place at events.
  • Would you like to meet new people and experience other cultures? Join SHU GoGlobal Facebook group to chat with Sheffield Hallam students.
Student voice

Best wishes,

International Student Support Team

Help for international graduates setting up a business in the UK

Tier 1 launch presentation

  •  Date -Tuesday 30 September at 3pm
  • Location – Unit 11 Science Park

Attend this presentation to find out more about the scheme. No need to book, just turn up.

Tier1What is the Tier 1 Graduate  Entrepreneur Scheme?
The scheme gives non-EEA international graduates the opportunity to set up their own business in the UK after finishing their studies.

How does the scheme work?
If you have a business proposal, you can compete to join the scheme. If you’re successful you will be endorsed by the
University, and you can apply for the Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur visa which allows you to be self-employed in the UK for 12 months.

Download the Tier 1 leaflet


Hallam Award presentation evening

What is Hallam Award?

The Hallam Award is a skills award that recognises and rewards students who have developed their skills through extracurricular activities within the Students’ Union or university. The Hallam Award is designed to help students reflect on and develop transferable skills that will help them in their university career and beyond.

On Friday 3 October The Students’ Union will be hosting a presentation evening for students to celebrate their volunteering achievements during the 2013-2014 academic year and collect their certificates.

Winner of Platinum Hallam AwardDSC00832

Samantha Jane Logan from International Student Support and also a part-time MSc Coaching and Mentoring student will receive Platinum Hallam Award due to her volunteer work with international students. Samantha independently mentored five international students in her spare time, who were  from Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, India and China in order to help them to settle into life in the UK and make friends. She also had a mentor on the Career Mentoring Scheme, who helped her to prioritise her time and utilise her ideas to design a peer mentoring scheme at her workplace called Culture Connect.

‘Hallam Award has been a fantastic way to help me to reflect on my volunteering experiences and demonstrate the skills I have been developing along the way, while remaining focused on my career ambitions. As a result, I feel more confident  to articulate my abilities to future employers during interviews’. Samantha Jane Logan

Winner of Gold Hallam Award

GuinevereGuinevere Chan, a student from Hong Kong, who studies BA (Honours) Business and Human Resources has received Gold Hallam Award for participating in various volunteer activities alongside her studies such as being a mentee on the Culture Connect pilot scheme, she was a Student Rep and member of the the International Student Standing Committee and Union Council, where she organised cultural events for home and international students called Café  Cultural. Earlier in the year, Guinevere received the International Student of the Year Award from the Hallam Union and Café Cultural won the Best Event of the Year and Volunteering Gold Award.

‘I am really proud of my achievements. I had a very busy schedule with my academic course, working part-time and volunteering. Being a mentee on the Culture Connect scheme helped me to manage my time effectively and stay motivated. It also helped me to complete Hallam Award, which involves submitting reflective accounts of my volunteer work, because I had the opportunity to reflect on my skills and progress with my mentor during mentoring sessions. I recommend that students who take part in volunteer work complete Hallam Award, as it will help them to stand out to employers!’ Guinevere Chan

Watch a video about how Guinevere balanced Culture Connect volunteer work around her studies and other activities

Are you interested in applying for Hallam Award?

If you take part in SHU GoGlobal extracurricular activities such as Culture Connect, Global Friends, SHU Fest, Conversation Club and Hallam Union societies, then we strongly recommend that you apply for Hallam Award. For more information go to http://go.shu.ac.uk/HallamAward 


Deadline approaching for peer mentoring scheme

Would you like to apply for our new volunteer peer mentoring scheme called Culture Connect? It will help you to meet people from different countries, develop your cultural awareness and gain valuable experience for your CV.

Your commitment

The scheme is very flexible around your studies. You will  meet your mentee/mentor a minimum of 4 times from October to April. You will receive an induction to ensure you get off to a good start, then there will be regular optional employability skills training and networking events to meet wider participants on the scheme. By taking part in Culture Connect, you will be eligible to apply for the prestigious Hallam Award.

Would you like to apply to become a mentor (student helping)?

You will help mentees settle into university life and gain volunteering experience for your CV. Ideal candidates will be familiar with university services and will have taken part in extracurricular activities.

Would you like to apply to become a mentee (student being helped)?

You may be a new international students who would like to learn about other cultures, adapt to life in the UK and improve your language skills.

You may want to discuss

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

Watch a video summarising the scheme

More student videos and case studies 

Previous participants on the scheme described mentoring as ‘learning through sharing’. Both mentees and mentors reported improving their cultural awareness, time management and communication skills. As well as gaining volunteer experience.

Deadline to apply

The deadline is Wednesday 8 October at 5pm, fill out the online application form at http://go.shu.ac.uk/applycc 

Find out more

Email the scheme coordinator Samantha Jane Logan at CultureConnect@shu.ac.uk


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.


UKBA Scams – Beware!

We would like to make you aware that the following scam is still continuing in the UK. Students, particularly Indian students, at a number of UK universities have received calls from individuals who claim they work for the UK Border Agency, giving a false name and a return phone number.

These calls are not from the UK Border Agency. The caller may appear to be genuine and convincing and explain that there is a serious problem with your immigration status, and that you need to send a payment as soon as possible to prevent further action including deportation. They may also ask you for details of your visa.

If you believe that you received a suspicious call or e-mail, or come across a suspicious website:

Navratri Festival Celebrations

The Navratri Festival Celebrations are being held from Thursday 25 September to Friday 3 October 2014.


Hindu Samaj
(Cultural and Community centre)
21, Buckenham Street
Sheffield, S4 7JQ

The event also includes Garba, Dandiya and Aarthi from 8.30pm onwards everyday between Thursday 25 September to Thursday 2 Oct. The attached leaflet also contains the complete information on Navratri, Dashera and Diwali.

Please click on the images below to view more information such as event times and costs:-

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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.