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SURE: Sheffield Undergraduate Research Experience

Ever thought of joining a research project? The SURE scheme is a funded research opportunity for undergraduates in their penultimate year. Students will be directly involved in the research activity of the University, working in an area of special interest.


For applying, students must team up with an academic and submit a joint application before the deadline, 22nd March 2018. You can find the online application form here.

If you are passionate about something and want to make a difference, the SURE scheme is a great start. Throughout the project you will gain many research skills and knowledge about your chosen subject. This will also be a great addition to your CV.Image result for happy pokemon gif

To be eligible to apply, you must be a University of Sheffield student in your penultimate year of study. If you are on a 4 years course then you can apply in your 2nd or 3rd year. Every applicant needs to have an academic supervisor. Note that if you have participated in the SURE scheme before, you cannot participate for a second time.

For more information about SURE, click here.


Posted in Intern advice, Written by Sophie, student life

Funding your Postgraduate Degree!

If you’ve applied for a postgraduate degree, you might be thinking about how you are going to fund it. The funding avenues are very different to those at undergraduate level, and it is important to know what sources of funding would be appropriate for you. As I am currently undertaking a Masters degree, these avenues will be most appropriate for Masters degrees, but you would find PhD level funding in similar ways.giphy (26)

The main way to find out what funding a university has is to check their website! They will likely have a list of funding avenues that you can browse and check their requirements. For instance, the University of Sheffield has a ‘Postgraduate Student Funding Table’ with a list of sources ( Depending on the type of degree you would like to study, there will be different routes for different departments. I applied for the Arts and Humanities scholarships, as I am studying English Language and Linguistics, but there also scholarships within departments such as Law, Management, Dentistry, etc.

There may also be university-wide scholarships, such as the Sheffield Postgraduate Scholarships, with 100+ scholarships worth £10,000 each for students that meet part of the widening participation criteria, or that have high academic success. Each university is likely to have set aside some money to fund postgraduate degrees, so be sure to see what they have on offer.

A source of funding that is not often utilised is the ‘Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding’, which gives you access to charities and external bodies that would like to fund students regardless of subject or nationality. You can register via your student email address or simply login while you are on campus to gain access to the site. You can search for specific criteria that you meet, such as where your usual home is, what your parents’ jobs are, whether you come from a widening participation criteria, and even, whether you are a vegetarian/vegan (some students have been funded via this charity before!). It is worth having a look through the website – the amounts that charities give may be a lot smaller than the scholarships but if you manage to secure a number of these, you could be receiving enough money to fund part of your studies.

Finally, there are Postgraduate Government Loans which are providing loans of up to £10,609 for postgraduate taught Masters students aged under 60. If you are wanting to take out a loan via this route, be mindful that when paying it back you will be doing so alongside your undergraduate loan, as opposed to it being added on top of your first loan.

Make sure when applying for funding that you really put across your passion for the subject and how the degree/funding will help you (and the wider community) in the future. What are your short-term and long-term goals? How will others benefit from your study? Do you have any particular dissertation ideas in mind?

I wish you the best of luck in applying for any postgraduate funding!

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How to deal with leaving Uni *sob*

Leaving Uni can be a difficult experience. Although we’ve only just started the Spring semester, I’ve already been emailed regarding registering for Graduation and the thought of leaving Uni is a very sad one for me! However, I’m trying to think positively, so here are some of my tips in case you have been feeling the same.

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Keep in touch with friends

I’ve made some truly amazing friends at uni and I know that we will be friends for a long time. In our society we have so many ways to keep in touch with people, such as Skype, Facebook etc. This means that even if your friends are at the other side of the country (or the world!) then you can still be central in each other’s lives. Also, these people are going through the same experience as you so you can rely on them to help you through it!

Don’t be afraid of change

Change doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Although it may seem scary at first, there are so many opportunities available to you and you should really try and seek these out. Whether you want to get a job, undertake postgraduate study or simply go travelling in an attempt to figure out what on earth you want to do with your life, you are encountering exciting changes that will help to shape your future.

Establish a routine early on

Try not to fall into the cycle of doing nothing. In a situation like this where everything is changing (see the above point), it’s important to establish a daily routine and keep yourself busy.

Do something fun in the summer!

After Graduation it would be great to meet up with friends and do something fun together. You could go to a festival, go on holiday or go to their hometown for the weekend if they’re from a different area! You deserve a break after your years of hard work at uni!

These are just a few tips but I’m sure there are many other ways in which you can get through the process of leaving Uni if you’re worried about it! Remember, Graduation is a day of celebration and it can only lead to more exciting things!

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Having trouble sorting accommodation? Be a Residence Mentor!

As well as working at 301, I also work as a Residence Mentor at Endcliffe (I still can’t quite believe I am managing it!). I have found it an incredibly rewarding experience, and have met so many friends along the way. Here are some reasons why you should apply to be a mentor, and some tips for the application process!

Why do I enjoy it?

  1. It is rewarding to support your mentees and help them through welfare concerns and difficult times at university.
  2. I am able to help out at Residence Life events, as well as put on my own events, gaining event management skills.
  3. There are so many practical, transferrable skills for my CV, such as time management, organisation, administration and communication.
  4. I am happy living in a block with other mentors, as I have met so many people and everyone is so friendly.
  5. The job is not too demanding – it is only two shifts a week and you can easily swap shifts if you need to complete some uni work!

What are some tips for the interview process?

The interview process, for me, was split into two stages: a group interview and an individual interview. This seems like it would be quite a daunting experience, but once you actually sit down in the room, it’s not so bad! My advice would be to keep being yourself, and let your personality shine through. Make sure to get across your viewpoints, but also listen to others and ask those who are quiet about their opinion (as listening is a major part of the role!). For the individual interview, bring in your past experiences as much as you can, giving concrete examples of when you showed excellent transferrable skills. And finally, breathe! They just want to see how well you can communicate and if you’re friendly!

Here you can access more information and apply for the role:

Good luck!

Posted in student life, Uni work, Written by Katie

Guide to Module Choice


This year I have been able to pick all of my modules- a luxury I’ve never before had the chance to experience. Whilst this is great, pick the wrong modules and you risk boring lectures and bad grades (partly because you spend so much time complaining about it to anyone who will listen rather than studying). I’ve got a few tips on choosing the best modules.


Assessments may be way in the future for most students but this is a crucial part of the selection process. For example, if you hate presentations you probably won’t get the best grade possible. Similarly, if you struggle with revision you may want to avoid that 100% three-hour exam module. Know which assessment method is best for you.



This seems pretty obvious but choose something that interests you. If a topic interests you, it is less of a chore. You will do more research into the topic and that will pay off in terms of your exams. Some of my friends made their choices last semester based on career aspirations and they regretted this once exams came around. You can try several different modules this week if you are unsure as to your interest in a module.

Use Add/Drop

If you decide to change your modules, make sure you use add drop properly. Last semester a friend of mine signed up to a module with a second year code and a final year code. He signed up for the second year code which had implications on his other module choices for this semester (you can only do 1 second year course in final year within my department). Add/Drop is now open and closes at 5pm on Friday 23rd February 2018. Make sure you make any changes as soon as possible so you don’t miss too much of a course.


Some people take courses they have friends in but I advise against this. Yes, it is nice to have someone to walk down with or have a chat in the break but this is not the most important part of the lecture. If you don’t have any friends, you can’t get distracted by them. They won’t be leaning over your shoulder to write the thing they missed from the last slide, which slows you down because you can’t write what is currently being said meaning you miss part of that slide, which your friend also didn’t get because they were copying the last slide from your notes. It’s a viscous cycle. You also won’t miss the lecture just because your friend isn’t going this week.



This is controversial but I base module choices on the lecturers. If they are interesting, you will listen to more of the lecture. You will also feel more comfortable asking them questions and discussing their research. Also, if they send you to sleep, you pay less attention and don’t want to go to the lecture.

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5 places to visit in Romania

Hello everyone! If you are planning to go on a trip in Europe, you should consider visiting Romania too.

Here are some interesting destinations!

1. The Bucegi Mountains

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The Bucegi Mountains are part of the Carphatian Mountains and they are the tallest in Romania. The Omu Peak has 2,505 meters. The Bucegi is believed to be mountain Kogainon, a holy Dacian mountain where the God Zalmoxis lived in a cave.

The Romanian Sphinx is one of the attractions you can see in The Bucegi Natural Park. It is a natural rock formation that resembles the Egyptian Sphinx. When looked at from a certain angle, the profile of a person can be seen.

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Babele (translated to “old women”) are rock formations that were shaped in time by wind and rain. They can also be found in the Bucegi National Park only a few meters away from The Sphinx.

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2. The Peles Castle

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The Peles Castle is a very popular tourist destination. It is located in Sinaia and it was constructed by King Carol I in a Neo-Renaissance style. Tourists can visit the first and second floor of the Castle that include some of the most impressive rooms: The Regal Library, The Hall of Honour and the Music Room.

The Hall of Honour


The Regal Library

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The Music Room



3.  The Bran Castle

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The Bran Castle is located in the Transylvania Region of Romania and it was constructed in the 1300s. It is known as the castle of Dracula from the famous Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. The real-life Dracula that lived inside the castle is Vlad The Impaler. He was known for his cruelty, killing approximately 100,000 people during his life time. The name of ‘Impaler’ comes from his favourite killing method: impaling the victims using big vertical stakes attached to the ground.


4. The Transfagarasan Highway

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The Transfagarasan is a 90 km (60 miles) long mountain road in the Carpathian Mountains. Its sharp turns can be a challenge for drivers and the maximum speed limit is 40km/h (25miles/h). The highest point of the road (2,034 m altitude) passes by the Bâlea Lake where the first European ice hotel was built. The road is open from June until October.

The Bâlea Lake


5. Bucharest

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Bucharest is the capital and the cultural centre of Romania. The architecture of the city is a mix of neo-classical, interbellum and modern styles. Its beautiful buildings and elegant architecture earned it the name of Little Paris. 

The Palace of Parliament, located in central Bucharest, is the second largest administrative building in the world and it has over 1,100 rooms. The construction started in 1983 and it was finalised in 1997. The building cost is estimated at 3 billion Euro.

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I hope this post made you a bit more curious about Romania! It is never too early to start planning your next trip!

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Posted in All things 301, Intern advice, Written by Katie

Exam Revision

IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!! My favourite and least favourite part of the year all in one. Whilst the decorations are fantastic and you get to spend time with family, it has also been a time for  important exams for the past 7 years of my life. So what are my top tips for balancing Christmas celebrations and revision?

Take a break

It is called the Christmas holidays for a reason. Take some time to chill with friends and family. Admittedly, I have never done this before this year. Exam stress gets in the way of taking a break. This year however I am taking off two weeks off in the hope I get back to my studies refreshed.

 Do all your reading before you leave uni for Christmas

I have friends who stay until Christmas eve which is actually a great idea. You can use the books you need in the library and catch up on any reading you have outstanding. This means you don’t need to lug heavy textbooks on the train home. It also means you won’t need to study too hard over the break (see point 1).

 Get colourful

I write all my notes in colours, it makes them easier to read as the black on the white is quite harsh on your eyes. You can also make colourful revision cards.

Make things memorable

Add drawings to your notes and revision cards. You don’t need to be Picasso, they can be simple drawings that relate to what you are trying to remember. For example there is a contract law case that every law student in the country knows called Donohugh v Stevenson. It’s about a woman who got sick drinking ginger beer as it had a decapitated snail in it. Guess what I drew on that revision card? Ginger beer and a snail.

Mind maps

Okay trust me with this one, you may think you need too much detail for mind maps but if a law student can fit enough detail on a mind map so can you. I do one per topic (sometimes two if it is really detailed) and add the case names from my revision cards. Then I keep re-drawing them adding the things I missed in red. After 5 or 6 goes I’ve remembered it. I also say everything relevant from the revision card out loud and check over it if I can’t remember. You can even buy whiteboard paper that sticks to your wall via static leaving no marks behind so your not wasting paper- it’s on amazon.

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Managing your anxiety during deadline season

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Everyone gets anxiety at some point in their lives, and it can go up or down for students depending on the time of year and how many assignments you have to complete. I have found some ways of coping that work for me when it comes to deadline season, and hopefully they might be useful to some of you who get anxiety or stress around this time!

  1. Focus on one thing at a time

One of the main things that I do when it comes to deadlines is trying to focus on too many things at the same time. The brain can only cope with so many tasks at once, and sometimes you can be doing an assignment or revision and your mind wanders off to another worry. Keep focused on the task that you are trying to complete, and worry about the other thing later. Let ‘future you’ deal with that when it comes to it!

  1. Google calendars and check lists!

To make sure that you don’t worry about lots of things at once, organise your life with Google Calendars so you know where you have to be, and use check lists (either written down or online – Checkli is a great website!) so you know what piece of work you will be doing and when. It is so satisfying when you can finally tick off a task, and it is quite rewarding when you know you have completed it. Don’t feel pressure to stick strictly to a check list if you have decided you don’t have time on a particular day, or if you’re feeling too exhausted to complete something.

  1. Take regular breaks

This is probably drilled into your head all of the time but it is so important to take regular breaks. Whether that be watching your favourite Netflix programme, or going out with some friends, make sure to wind down now and then so that your brain has a rest from the work.

  1. Try not to focus on the future, focus on the ‘now’

Part of Mindfulness (which I really recommend, head on over to the University Counselling Service to find out more!) is making sure you focus on the present, rather than the future. This is often the cause of lots of stress, and sometimes you cannot control what will happen in the future. All you can do is try your best in the current moment, and the future will sort itself out. Perhaps organise the weeks ahead at first, but don’t think about them until the time comes to complete the task.

  1. Talk through it

If you’re struggling, I couldn’t recommend more to speak to someone. I have been doing this more and more and you begin to realise things about yourself as other people can bring another perspective to a situation. If the stress and anxiety from university work is getting you down, speak to a friend, a family member, a colleague, a lecturer, anyone! And be sure to go to your GP or the counselling service if it all gets too much. People are here to support you and there is always someone you can talk to at university who will listen.

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Having a Productive Winter Vacation

By the time the Christmas holidays arrive, I often feel burnt-out from the Autumn Semester and can find it tempting to do nothing but binge-watch Netflix. You can do this for a few days over the break (especially if you’re feeling particularly fragile after all the festivities), but it’s also important to make sure you’re being productive. Here are some of my top tips for doing just that!

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Get the important stuff done first

If you’ve got deadlines in January then these should be your priority. I have a 4,000 word essay to write and a difficult exam to revise for but I’m going to try and get a lot of this work done before Christmas so that I can fully enjoy myself. You don’t want to be worrying too much about all the work you have to do when you should be relaxing and having fun!

Look ahead

If you’ve got lots of reading to do for the Spring Semester then it might be worth trying to tackle some of this early. Or, if you’re in your final year, you might be looking to apply for grad jobs but just haven’t had the time at uni – so now is your opportunity!  For other years, it might be good to think about your Summer plans – do you want to do an internship, go travelling, or work part-time? Start applying before everyone else!

Catch up with family and friends

Don’t waste your break being in your room on your own (though, as discussed above, this is often tempting!). The Winter Vacation is a great time to properly meet up with family and friends that you probably won’t have spent quality time with in a while.

Get into a good exercise routine

Nothing helps to spur your productivity like exercise. If I go to the gym, I often feel more energised and able to tackle the various other things I need to do that day. You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym to do this – you could work out at home, or go for a run in your spare time.


It’s so important to enjoy yourself and give your mind and body some well-deserved relaxation time. If you need to sleep a little longer than usual, go ahead! It’s Christmas!!!

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Try Something New

Now that essay deadlines are passing, you may have a bit of spare time on your hands so this is the perfect opportunity to try something new. Below are some of the things I want to try out before the year is up.


If you read my blogs regularly you will know I am a frozen pizza and instant noodle enthusiast. That is because I can’t cook and I feel like cooking requires too many ingredients, herbs and spices. I’m sure cooking can be made simple and I want to learn. Maybe I can even learn to make home-made pizza!cooking

Some kind of sport

Back in the good old school days I was really sporty but once exams started taking over my life in the form of GCSE’s, A-Levels and uni I ran out of time to do sports. Tennis is a sport I have always wanted to have a go at but never got round to. I have a tennis racket that I bring to uni every year in the hope that I will find my passion for tennis. It has still never been taken out the packet.



Give it a Go

I always wanted to try give it a go and do something I’ve never done before like stunt cheerleading or how to run a cinema.

Start a society

I want to come up with a new and innovative idea for a society. Something nobody has ever thought of. I’m running out of time for this one so you guys may have to do this one on my behalf.

A protest

Okay, I’m cheating a little as I actually did my first ever protest over the weekend which inspired this blog. I took part in Reclaim the Night which was a march against sexual violence and assault. I learnt that political activism really isn’t my kind of thing but at least I can tick it off the bucket list.


Arts and Crafts

I’m not very creative but I want to learn a craft related skill such as sewing, cross stich or knitting.