Posted in Extracurricular, Written by Katie

Summer Abroad

So you may be super organised and trying to figure out what to do with your summer or maybe you just want to develop your skills. This summer I went to Ghana with ICS and here is why you should do it too.


Leave your comfort zone!

Surprisingly, being in the middle of a foreign country and not knowing where you are going is probably going to be taking you out of your comfort zone. It isn’t the easiest experience but you learn how to deal with difficult situations (which is fab for your CV).

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Get a free holiday (sort of)

You do have to work and there are some fundraising events you will need to do but essentially the government pay most of it. It’s not all work and no play though; I saw crocodiles, learned about the slave trade, learned African dance skills and spent some time relaxing on the beach.


Create some really cool events

Fundraising sounds difficult but the majority of people only need to raise £800 as it is funded by the governments Department for International Development. You can create really fun events for your community. I fundraised on my year abroad and took St Patricks Day, Pancake Day and pub quizzes to Slovenia. You can meet new people and have lots of fun.


Do something new

International Citizenship Service (ICS) partners with a range of charities working in a range of countries on a range of projects. You can do almost anything. I did Business Consulting with Challenges Worldwide but you can raise awareness of AIDS and HIV in South Africa, improve access to water in Nicaragua or improve gender education in India.


Develop cross-cultural working skills

You will be working with an ICV (In Country Volunteer) and they may have very different views to you on the role of women, homosexuality, race and religion. This can be a challenge but you can use it as a chance to develop your skills. This was the first time I had ever worked with someone who openly had very Conservative views but I learnt to deal with that. Inevitably, there were conflicts (especially when my ICV said he hates white people, women, the British and  that people without a religion shouldn’t have a life (he knew each of those applies to me)) but I developed conflict resolution strategies.


It will be the best experience of your life

You will be there with plenty of other volunteers who you will meet at pre-departure training. They will become your best friends and be there for you when times get tough. You will laugh, dance and play games with them. The memories are unforgettable!


You will be helping one of the poorest countries in the world

The best reward is knowing you made a difference! More info on ICS is here:

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Finding support when you need it! Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂 Here is the second part of my blog post on finding support across the University, as promised! Hopefully some of these services will be of use to you, if you’re having concerns about any aspect of University life. Check back to last week’s post if any of these services do not relate to your current situation.

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Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS)

DDSS assist students with any kind of impairment or condition which makes it difficult to study or undertake assignments. If you have a specific learning difficulty, mental health condition, autism spectrum condition, physical impairment (not an exhaustive list), then speak to someone at DDSS who will be able to help you. There are a number of different ways they can help you, and it is all based around your needs, such as 1:1 support, copies of lecture notes, extra time in exams, etc. DDSS are located in the Alfred Denny Building near the university concourse.

English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC)

There are a number of English language courses and services available with ELTC for students who may be wanting to improve their English. The facilities consist of modern classrooms, well-equipped computer suites and audio-visual equipment and learning resources. All of the staff are experienced in teaching international students both in the UK and overseas too. ELTC are located at 78 Hoyle Street if you have any English Language-related queries.

Personal Tutor

Your Personal Tutor is someone you can talk to about any academic worries, or any personal circumstances that could be affecting your academic study. They may have expertise in the subject area that you are concerned about, or can give general advice related to essay feedback and structure, exam revision and managing your workload. You will have some dedicated time to have a general meeting with them (and potentially with other students too), but you can schedule as many meetings as you wish with your Personal Tutor, as and when you need to. There may be a specific way of setting up these meetings, whether that be through Doodle Poll or through their Google Calendar, or I am sure you can send them a quick email.

Careers Service

The Careers Service is now located in Edgar Allen House at 241 Glossop Road (as of recently!) and is dedicated to careers information such as graduate jobs, part-time jobs while you study, developing your CV/applications, and much more. They are helpful for any year of study, and can also help you once you graduate. They hold a number of different events that you can attend, whether that be Careers Fairs, talks, and networking opportunities. You can schedule one-to-one appointments too, to go over anything you may be concerned about, such as personal statements, CVs and applications. There are online courses too, called Career MOOCs, which help you to succeed when writing applications and attending interviews. There are so many resources available at the Careers Service, so check the website out:

That concludes my (non-exhaustive) list of services that could help you across the University! If you are still not sure where to go, SSiD are excellent at signposting and can point you in the right direction, especially if there is something you need help with and is not mentioned here.

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Finding support when you need it! Part 1

Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to go if you’re in need of support. There’s so many support services available on campus and it can be overwhelming when you’re not sure what each one specialises in. In this blog post I have listed a number of services that may be beneficial to you, no matter what your problem is. Hopefully I have covered most grounds here!giphy (8)SSiD

SSiD are here to answer the majority of your questions about all aspects of university life. If they cannot answer the question for you, they can direct you to appropriate services that will be able to. During your time at university, problems may arise where you’re not sure which service would be best, so SSiD can help. They’re also there to print new UCards, results, certificates of student status, and are able to confirm your student status too. SSiD are on Level 3 of the Students’ Union.

Central Welfare and Guidance (CWaG)

Central Welfare and Guidance support students who are experiencing personal difficulties that may be impacting study or their university experience in general. They have direct links to external agencies depending on your situation, such as: Rape Crisis, SY Police, Domestic Abuse and Community Mental Health. Some situations that CWaG include, but are not limited to: serious ill health, bereavement, bullying and harassment, mental health problems and domestic/sexual violence. They’re your number one service for anything welfare related, so pop in to see them on Level 6 of the Students’ Union.

University Counselling Service (UCS)

As well as the University Health Service (UHS), the University Counselling Service are available for anything Mental Health related. Not only are there appointments available for all students, but there are many online resources and sessions running. There are Mindfulness Stress Reduction sessions, Group Therapy and Individual Counselling sessions, and various workshops. You can access Self-help resources here: If you think you’re having any mental health problem, the UCS can help you at 36 Wilkinson Street. To book your first appointment, you can register with Student Access to Mental Health Support (SAMHS) for triage appointments:


There are sometimes evenings when you just need to talk to someone about something that has been troubling you. Nightline, a volunteer-led association run by Sheffield students, is an excellent service who will listen to you, and not lecture. No problem is too big or too small, and all of the students are trained to keep things non-directive, confidential and anonymous. They operate between 8pm and 8am any night during term-time, on the number 0114 222 8787. You can also call 0114 222 8788 for information. They also have a listening service via email if you don’t mind waiting longer, on

301 & Maths & Statistics Help (MASH)

The place to be for anything academic skills-related. Whether that be wanting to beat procrastination, brush up on your writing skills, or deciding which statistical test to use in your research, 301 and Maths and Statistics Help can help. You don’t have to be an undergraduate either, postgraduates are also more than welcome and you can be from any degree background. We have workshops, one-to-one sessions and online tutorials, so however you would like to work we have it available for you.

On top of all of these great services, there are SU officers that can help with any of your concerns and complaints, and can make change happen. There are also societies within the SU, such as LGBT+, Black and Ethnic Minorities students committee, and more that you could get specialised support from and meet like-minded people. This is not an exhaustive list – there is plenty of information on SSiD’s page via the university website too!

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A Blog of Blogs

Here at the 301 centre, we interns have a very active blog that gives our insights into life at university. In the past there have been blogs about getting academic help, what to do over the summer, ways to vary your studying and so on. Blogs are a fantastic medium of the 21st century to help inform the masses on any topic one can think to write of. So, I thought i would give a shout out to some of the other great blogs that belong to the University of Sheffield.

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A great one is the We Are Sheffield Students: In this blog students from the University blog about life on campus and around Sheffield. Their tagline is ‘Sharing stories of student life at the University of Sheffield’ and that is exactly what the blog does. I would definitely recommend checking it out!


Another great blog that explores the student experience from a different angle is the International Blog from the Business Management School

In this blog international students from the university share their experience of moving countries to pursue their studies!

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The School of English’s blog gives students insight into the current research being undertaken within the department and explores Sheffield’s relationship with literature and history:

The blog dates back to 2013 and has a full archive of posts available from then up until now!

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There is also the School of History’s ‘History Matters’ blog: This blog contains an extensive range of historical enquiries, from The Trial Of Oscar Pistorius And Gender-Based Violence In South Africa’, to, ‘‘Where My Ancestors Lieth’: Community, Rebellion And Roots In A Yorkshire Church’

This blog is a rabbit hole of information that could keep you reading on all day!

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The Sheffield 10bn blog is an up to date report of the findings that are coming out of the huge project Sheffield 10bn:


Geography At Sheffield University’s blog: is also a great source of information from the department about their current research and how that affects the wider world.

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The University of Sheffield Enterprise have a fantastic blog: that gives information on the current happenings of the Enterprise and the students experiences of working within the organisation. This is written by students involved within the Enterprise and is therefore a great thing to look at to get a taste of the work they do if you are interested or keen to join in!


Blogs are a fantastic way to keep people informed; if your department doesn’t have one then perhaps you could suggest starting one!

Posted in Uncategorized, Written by Britt, Extracurricular

Do something worthwhile – volunteer!

For some people, university life brings with it quite a lot of free time and often it can seem like there’s almost too much of it. Whilst I definitely do not feel like this in third year, I did find that I had some time to offer particularly in my first and second years of my English Lit degree. For me, volunteering was the perfect solution!

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There are so many projects available across the university and also the wider Sheffield community. Here are just a few examples of current volunteering projects:

Clubbing Crew Volunteer: involves supporting adults with learning difficulties to have a fun night out at your SU!

Charity Shop Volunteer: roles are currently available with Oxfam, Bluebell Wood Hospice and many others around the city.

Guildford Grange Volunteer: form friendship with an older person through arts, crafts and games in a local residential home to help combat loneliness.

Word Club Volunteer: Work with Year 2 children after school to supplement their literacy learning.

WISE Mental Health Volunteer: deliver workshops to educate young people on mental health and common mental health illnesses.

These are just some of the projects available – there are so many more to choose from! Have a look on to find a project that works for you and to register your interest. Alternatively, you can pop into the Volunteering Office in the SU (near Coffee Revolution) to see what else there is on offer.

Volunteering is great for developing skills that you can’t necessarily get from your university degree alone. And don’t forget, you can also get HEAR recognition for your sustained commitment on a volunteering project!




Posted in student life, Uncategorized, Written by Katie

Alternative study spaces

Whilst the library is home to many students when studying, life doesn’t need to be that dull. Mix it up and find a better study spot to be the envy of all your friends. If you want a bustling environment here are some of my top study picks.

  1. Spoons

The king of cheap cocktails has much more to offer than you probably ever knew. When it comes to student life, cheap is cheerful making spoons a favourite. Before 2pm there are free refills on coffee. This was only filter coffee in the past but has now been extended to other coffees too. It’s quiet enough without being totally dead making it the perfect study environment. Breakfast and lunch are also cheap so you can study there for a while.


  1. Coffee Revolution

Every Sheffield Students top coffee shop has to be coffee revs. It has a nice environment and is perfect for studying but it does get very busy so if you can’t find a space try one of our other


  1. Any other part of the SU

The SU has many great spaces for studying. It doesn’t have to be a café that you study in. There are several great spaces in the SU.


  1. You course building

Lots of the main buildings have nice little café where you can grab a coffee and study. Even of their isn’t a café, there may be little places within the building you can sit and study. I’m still finding nice little study spaces in the maze that is the law school.


  1. Your room

Make your bedroom into the perfect study space. Endcliffe has huge desks and even if you are not in Endcliffe, most students have desks in their room. The key here is to keep the desk empty apart from your study materials.


  1. The Arts Tower

If, like me, you prefer to study in a space with huge open windows for natural lighting the Arts Tower is the place for you. You can study in the computer room on the 10th floor. It’s usually quiet and a great place to get on with your work. There is the added bonus of the paternoster and the café downstairs.

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  1. Mix it up everyday

My final tip is to keep it interesting. You can find other nice cafes or places on campus. Explore. You can even use iSheffield to see computer availability and try to cross off every space on the list.



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Summer internships for engineers

Hello everyone! Over the summer I had a 12 week internship so I thought I would share some tips with you.

  • Start early

I know this is just the first week of the University year but it is never too early to start getting prepared. Look for companies that you are interested in and see what kind of internships they provide. Most job offers will be available starting November but it is better if you know what options you have. University of Sheffield organizes the Engineering Graduate Recruitment & Placement Fair on 17th October where over 60 organisations will take part in. You have the chance to meet and talk to various employers and find out more about their offers and expectations.


  • Getting your CV ready

Writing your CV in the proper way for the first time can be a bit difficult. Look online for examples of CVs and see what suits your needs best. The Careers Service has some tips on how to make a good impression with your CV. You can check this on their website here.  If you want to get your CV checked by someone, you can book an individual appointment at the Careers Service and they can give you more advice.


  • Study for the interview

If you will be called for an interview, there is a big chance you will be asked some technical questions. Depending on the type of role you are applying for, the topics of the questions can vary. Researching the company is a good way to find out what kind of questions you can expect. If it is a bigger company you might find past interview questions online.

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  • Don’t give up

Applying for an internship for the first time isn’t always easy. Some employers might look for some more experienced students that have more knowledge about the role. If your first few applications are rejected, don’t panic! Apply for as many jobs as you can and don’t be discouraged by rejection. One good idea is to look for smaller companies. Even though they are not very famous, they provide the perfect environment to start your engineering career.


The application process might differ from company to company (e.g. various tests, number of on-site interviews) but if you prepare well beforehand, you will be successful!

Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by Sophie

Get involved in Social Sport!

No matter what your year of study is, Social Sport (in association with Residence Life and Sport Sheffield) is a great way to get active, make friends and have a laugh. Since being a Residence Mentor, I have found out a lot about getting involved in casual sport which does not require any commitment. It’s free if you live in any of the University Residences (Endcliffe, Ranmoor or City) and it’s really cheap if you don’t – often £2-£3. It doesn’t matter which level of ability you are for any of the sports, just go along and try it out!

You could relive a sport you enjoyed during school, build on your existing skills, or even try something completely new. It’s an excellent way to relieve stress and anxiety, to get involved in something if you’re not sure what interests you, and meet like-minded people who want to get active and have fun. If your course is anything like mine, you might want to fill up your hours during the day, or blow off some steam after a long day of lectures in the evening.

Here are some examples of the Social Sport you could get involved in soon, and cater for lots of different interests:


Amazing for combatting the typical student tiredness, releasing tension or concentrating on your breathing. There’s no need for previous experience, as the experts will take you through all of the correct techniques.



A unique mix of rugby, dodgeball and tag! Obviously taken from the Harry Potter series, so it is definitely something that caught my eye. It’s exciting to both watch and play so go along and check it out!

Mountain Biking

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Off-road cycling, with a women’s beginners session too! Qualified leaders take you on basic off road trails around the Peak District and all bikes and safety equipment are provided. You will need to be able to ride a bike to get involved.

Ultimate Frisbee


A fast-moving team sport, played with a flying disc and no referees. Sounds interesting! Some compare it to Soccer or American football, but it definitely has some unique features to set it apart.

Mindfulness and Meditation

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Similar to yoga, but are centred around helping people switch off from hectic student routines. There is a focus on achieving the best results to help you relax, and there is lots of practical advice and tips.

To get involved and book onto sport, visit which tells you all about booking. It’s important to do it a week in advance, as they get full really quickly!

Posted in Intern advice, Written by Valerie

And so it begins…..

Monday was the start of lectures here at Sheffield and the official start of the academic year. So, it’s time to get organised! – If you’re not already.

Make sure you request the books you need from the library and remember you need to pick them up within two days of your request being authorised.

Now is also a good time to think about any academic skills you need to brush up on. It’s always best to stay ahead, don’t wait for things to become a problem. If you have concerns about any of your academic skills book yourself onto an Academic Skills Workshop at 301. Workshops run throughout the academic year and cover various subjects: Time Management, Academic Writing, Mind Mapping and Presentation Skills are just a few of the subjects covered. You can book here

It’s also important that you don’t allow yourself to become overwhelmed or stressed by your workload. The counselling service runs weekly sessions on stress reduction and mindfulness that are really helpful. The sessions are designed to help you relax and also equip you with techniques to control your stress levels. The sessions are also a drop in, so you don’t need to book. More info here,


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A To-Do for your first month at University

Congratulations to everyone who has recently found out they’ll be starting at Sheffield Uni this year. You’re going to love it! As a veteran student having now undertaken 4 years at uni (with another one to come) I’m going to give you a to-do list for your first month at uni so you can make sure you’re making the most of it!

Sheffield as a city, and the university itself, is absolutely fab for social and extra-curricular activities. There’s easily enough things available for you to do something different every day for a month, if you’ve got the energy! From the peaks to the restraurants, and the freshers fairs to the nights out – get ready for a very fun month!

1. Attend the Freshers Fair

If you’re new to the whole uni thing, the freshers fair is basically when companies come to ply students with freebies and competitions. If you’re not already sold there is FREE dominoes.


2. Attend the Activities Fair

If you go to the activities fair you will have the chance to find out more about the 300+ societies Sheffield uni has to offer, and sign up for as many as you like.

3. Try out places to eat around the University

If you’re ever struggling for something to do in your first month why not check out one of the places to eat in the SU? There’s Bar One, Interval, Grill and Go, New Leaf to name a few! Also within a couple of minutes walk from the SU is Notty House which does 10/10 pies, Harley for burgers, Street Food Chef for mexican food. So many options!!

4. Go on Sheffield Uni nights out

Sheffield Uni has won best SU in the country countless times and for good reason. Some of the nights out run by the SU are incredible. With Pop Tarts for cheesy old school music, ROAR for the sports teams, Tuesday Club for house/electro dance music and Climax the LGBT night there is definitely something for everybody. On top of these Sheffield boasts other infamous nights out at Leadmill and Corp.

5. Attend a Give it a Go session

If you’re not ready to commit to a membership with a society or sport you can attend one of the Give it a Go sessions where you attend a one of session on a pay-as-you-go basis. Previous Give a Go sessions included things like Boxing, BBQs, trips to Alton Towers etc.

6. Watch a Film at the SU Auditorium

Sheffield uni has it’s own Film Unit society which organises loads of films to be screened in the SU Auditorium for only £3. Examples this year were Beauty and the Beast, The Edge of Seventeen and the Seventh Seal.