Tag Archives: Thursday 14 September 2017

Scam warming – BEWARE

It has been brought to our attention that Indian students are again being targeted by scammers allegedly calling on behalf of the “Home Office”. They call the students and intimidate them, threatening with arrest and deportation, claiming that some formalities were not fulfilled by the student at the time of arrival in the UK and therefore the student was now a “criminal immigrant” and must apply for an AR (Alien Resident card).

The scammers ask for personal and financial details, and intimidate students into paying them large sums of cash via gift cards. They threaten students with arrest if the money is not paid or if the information is shared with anyone.

BEWARE – This is a very sophisticated scam! If they were to call you and you challenge their authenticity they may tell you to Google their phone number and verify their identity. They will have set up fake webpages and links to deceive you. They can be very forceful and authoritative in their tone, even more so if they sense that you are scared.

British Police or Home Office never contact students in this manner, and they never ask for money over the phone.

If you receive a call of this nature, please do not give out any personal details nor confirm any details they already have (passport number, address, family details).

Please do not download any software they ask you to on your phone or computer.

Cut the phone call and inform the police immediately.

If you are unsure, please feel free to contact International Experience Team on internationalexperience@shu.ac.uk or call us on 0114 225 3813.

If you have already been a victim of this scam – please contact Hallam Union Advice Centre (advicecentre@shu.ac.uk or call 0114 225 4148) as a matter of urgency.

Day out in Bamford

Visit a picturesque village in the heart of the Peak District with a guided tour led by Friends of Bamford Station.

They will show you local attractions and beautiful countryside landscapes. Bring your camera to capture the stunning scenery and wear comfortable shoes for walking.

We will be taking public transport to this event which will be approximately £8 return. Book your place on UniHub now.

How well can you judge your own performance in tasks? – Research opportunity


My name is Derek Burns; I am a Doctoral Researcher in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. As part of my PhD, I am currently asking for participants to take part in a study looking at students’ ability to monitor their knowledge and performance on language and problem solving tasks, in UK and East Asian international students (e.g. Chinese, Taiwanese, Malaysian, Hong Kong and Vietnamese).

This is a great chance to be part of and experience research in the UK. It is also hoped findings from my research may help guide teaching practices in relation to both UK and international students.


  • All participants must be over the age of 18 and a student at Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Participants must either be originally from the UK OR an international student from China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan or Vietnam.

What do you do?

As a participant you will do the following

  • Complete two short self-report measures of metacognition (Thinking about thinking) and a questionnaire looking at the reasons why you attend university.
  • You will be asked if you know the meaning of 44 English words.
  • Complete 30 problem-solving tasks involving recognising patterns, these tasks will vary in difficulty. Each task will require you to identify a missing part of a pattern from the options provided.
  • Answer 44 multiple-choice English language questions.
  • For each question, in the problem solving and language task, you will be asked how confident you are in your answer. Further questions will ask how many questions you believe you answered correctly on both tasks.
  • Give permission to the researcher to access your grades at the university
  • Should not take longer than 60 minutes

To participate

Contact the main researcher Derek Burns via email before the 15th November 2017 on d.burns@shu.ac.uk  and arrange a time to take part in the study.

Free academic English modules

Would you like to develop your academic English?

University English Scheme modules cover a range of topics designed to help students develop the language skills needed to succeed at Sheffield Hallam University. There are sessions on academic reading, writing and speaking, as well as workshops on topics such as effective proof reading and avoiding plagiarism.

More information on these modules can be found on the UES timetable.

Welcome to Sheffield Hallam University!

It’s the best and most exciting time of the year for us at GoGlobal, we get to welcome all of our brilliant new students from across the world!

As we head into induction week this September, we’d like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new students, and greet those returning to study with us.

We look forward to helping to support you in your studies and can’t wait to hear about your achievements this coming academic year.

We will be sending you a monthly newsletter updating you on student stories, Sheffield Hallam news and study support resources so keep a look out! We also have our Orientation and Events calendar available online, and the Meet and Greet desk on level 5, Owen building is open until 22 September if you have any questions.

From all of us in the GoGlobal team, good luck for the year ahead.