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SCOPE graduate Igloo Novas’s semester in Sheffield

Igloo at her graduation with friends at Sheffield
Igloo at her graduation with friends at Sheffield

“I first did an Associate Degree in Applied Social Studies with Urban Studies in Community College at City University Hong Kong. This led me to do the top up course, Applied Social Science at SCOPE, which is in partnership with Sheffield Hallam. Due to my outstanding academic performance I was able to obtain a scholarship to study a semester doing postgraduate credits at Sheffield Hallam.

My first impressions of Sheffield Hallam were that it is modern, especially the library, very much like SCOPE. I particularly like the classes in terms of the mix of international students and small class sizes which encourage communication and group discussions, and lecturers get to know you more which is very different to SCOPE.

The modules that I studied had field trips which encouraged me to explore British culture, and faculty support has been great too.

I have found the support that the International Experience Team provide has been great and the programme of SHU GoGlobal activities has given me experiences of British culture, especially in the events, activities and particularly trips they have provided. I have enjoyed being a Culture Connect mentee during my time here and being matched to a local student as a mentor has helped me a lot in adjusting to local culture.  At SCOPE, I mentored incoming US students in a group mentoring scheme where two local (Hong Kong) students would mentor three US students. I would show them around key landmarks around Hong Kong and talk about the local culture.

I have been fortunate to attend my graduation at Sheffield Hallam, it will be an experience that I will never forget. I was shocked to hear a live violin orchestra performing at the ceremony! I felt that the event was steeped in tradition which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Thanks to my academic achievements at SCOPE and SHU, I have been able to pursue a Master of Urban Planning at the University of Sydney in early 2017.

I would say that my semester at Sheffield has given me unforgettable life experiences for my future studies.”

New senior appointments at Sheffield Hallam University

Professor Christina Hughes has been appointed as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at the University, one of two new appointments to the University Leadership Team.

Professor Hughes (pictured below) is currently Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at the University of Warwick, where she also undertook her degree and PhD. She has taught and researched in the fields of sociology, social policy and lifelong learning and was one of the founding co-chairs of the Gender and Education Association.

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Her research has been published widely and she is co-editor of the International Journal of Social Research Methodology. In her role at Sheffield Hallam, Professor Hughes will have overall responsibility for leading the entire student journey.

In a second appointment to the University’s leadership team, Richard Calvert will become the University’s first Chief Operating Officer. As Director General of the Strategy and Resources Directorate at the Department for Education, Richard has an extensive background in leading professional services in Government. He was previously Director General, Finance and Corporate Performance at the Department for International Development from 2009-2015. Richard will head up the majority of the University’s professional services departments.

Speaking ahead of the announcement, Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam said: “I am delighted to welcome Christina and Richard to the University, and know that they are each looking forward to starting their new roles at Sheffield Hallam in the autumn.

Writing resources – help with your assignments

It’s coming up to the end of the semester, and that usually means that you had assignments set that are due soon! There are however support resources that are available to you to help.

Organising and planning your writing is an important part of completing assignments successfully, and it can be difficult to know where to start when faced with a large task.

There are a whole host of resources online to help you think about how to approach your work and ensure that you get the best grades possible. They can help you to feel more confident about starting writing, drafting and checking your work.

The writing tips below are the first step to getting started:


There are a number of writing resources on the Bridge’s website, which is the University’s skills hub for students. These include the writing process, shaping your arguments and help with referencing.

Inspirational Student Awards – last chance to nominate!

The Inspirational Student Award nominations close on 13 February! Don’t miss your chance to nominate.

Is there a student on your course who:

  • goes the extra mile and helps his fellow students out?
  • Is a great example of someone making the most of their course?

If so, then we’d like to hear from you! Nominating another student is easy, and is a case of filling out this simple form.

Winners of the award will receive an Award Certificate and will be announced during their Graduation Ceremony.

One of last year's winners Karabo Phalane from the Botswana Accountancy College
One of last year’s winners Karabo Phalane from the Botswana Accountancy College

Second-year International Finance and Banking student, Karabo Phalane received the 2016 Inspirational Award from Sheffield Hallam University and also got an opportunity to visit the University.

Karabo said “the people were very friendly as well as the students who I met with, they are very accommodating individuals who looked after me from the moment I arrived at the airport until I left”

“My experience at Canary Wharf was an eye opener…being in that atmosphere made me readjust my definition of making it as banking and finance student”.

The deadline is  Monday 13th February 2017 at 5pm, so make sure you get your nominations in!


Join us in congratulating our graduates from around the world!

From the 14–25 November, Sheffield Hallam University celebrated the achievements of our students by holding graduation ceremonies at Sheffield’s City Hall.

Over two weeks, we welcomed students and their families back to Sheffield to commemorate them graduating this year. It was a chance for students to meet up with their class one last time and dress in a traditional graduation gown and mortarboard, before being congratulated by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Chris Husbands.

We loved seeing old friends and students that we’ve seen grow through their time at Sheffield Hallam University, and were lucky enough to see students return from across Europe, South America and as far as China – with Igloo Wan, our student from SCOPE visiting for her ceremony too!

Congratulations to all of our student graduating this year and good luck for the future!

Inspirational BAC student Karabo Phalane visits Sheffield Hallam University

From the 23 November, Sheffield Hallam welcomed Karabo Phalane, our Inspirational Student Award winner from the Botswana Accountancy College! I got to sit down and talk to the man himself and ask him about his course, what he thinks of Sheffield and his role as an example to other students.

During his week long visit to Sheffield Hallam, Karabo had the opportunity to meet key staff from his faculty, the International Experience Team and see some of the UK, including a trip to Bakewell and London.

I firstly asked him about his course and coming to Sheffield, he said

“it gives a platform for portfolio and risk assessment and I have an interest in becoming a financial analyst. I also have an interest in derivatives and love my numbers! The information I got on Blackboard through a video about accreditation meant I knew it was the right direction for me.

I’ve been meeting with a lot of people about my course, the staff were keen to know feedback about it and my placement. It was great for the experience and exposure in the industry. The placement was wonderful and they were very accommodating.”

It was also interesting to know Karabo’s role as a course rep, with him taking on board students’ views and acting as a bridge between staff and students, as well as winning the Inspirational Student Award

“I became the organiser and go-to guy, students could tell me if they were having trouble and I could relay those messages across. It built my leadership skills and I had to be very organised, including setting up a Whatsapp group for students.

I like to lead by example, asking questions first to guest lecturers and going on placements, showing ‘if he can do it, then so can we’. People were saying ‘wow, he’s going to the UK!’ I always like to give advice where I can to the younger level 4 students too and be balanced with staff and students.”

We’d like to thank Karabo for speaking to us, and we hope he had a fantastic time in the UK! Find out more about the Inspirational Student Awards here.