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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Posted in All things 301, student life, Written by Britt

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!

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.

Posted in Intern advice, student life, Uncategorized, Written by Britt

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!!!

Posted in student life, Uncategorized, Written by Britt

5 Ways To Make Your Student House a Home

You may not think it but your surroundings play a huge part in your happiness and ability to study. With that said, here are my top 5 tips for making your student house feel more like a home!

  • Pick up some decent fairy lights.

I must admit, I do have an unhealthy obsession with fairy lights! But they make so much difference in a space that is otherwise dominated by unusually harsh lighting, e.g. in the kitchens of halls. You can grab them for relatively cheap, in a range of colours and styles and can even get outdoor ones for those evening summer BBQ’s (or just the one BBQ, when the weather is somewhat nice on that one day in the middle of exam season).

  • Bring things from home that make the space your own (especially in your bedroom).

This may sound rather obvious but you’d be surprised how many people turn up to a shell of a room and leave it that way for the whole year. Little things like photos, soft furnishings or souvenirs from a favourite trip can all make your room feel a little bit more ‘you’.

  • Dress up your house for the holidays!

If you love Halloween, carve pumpkins to your heart’s content! If people in your house celebrate Christmas, then give the house a Christmas makeover! Or, ask your housemates about any holidays they may celebrate that you don’t – you never know, you might even learn something!

  • Bring the outdoors in.

Purchasing some easy-to-care-for plants such as small cacti can really help to brighten up a room. Or, if you want to be extra lazy, you can get some very real-looking artificial plants for very cheap. This year, my house got some artificial flowers to add a splash of colour to our bathroom and they only cost about £1.50 from Wilko’s!

  • Add those homely scents.

No one likes walking in to a house that feels fusty and, unfortunately, lots of student houses and flats seem to have that smell, particularly when you first move in after the long vacation period. Candles may not be allowed due to health and safety but that doesn’t mean your house can’t smell nice! Pick up some cheap reed diffusers, plug ins or air fresheners instead.

Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by Katie

Up Your Procrastination Game

What to do when you’re done with studying!

Do nothing

Just do nothing for a while, lie in bed and stay there until you feel like getting up and doing something.


The truth is many students are always tired. How many times have you missed a class because you’re tired? Prevent this by napping like a boss. Try different napping times and techniques to see what suits you best. Some people like 7 minute naps, others like 90 minute naps. Personally, I’m a 20 minute power napper.

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Learn a language

This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned Duolingo, you can learn so many different languages. Impress recruiters with your High Valyrian skills or stick to the more traditional languages like French. It’s also something you can impress your family with over the table at Christmas.


Tidy house, tidy mind. Put on your favourite music, get the Marigolds on (or Sainsbury’s basics- we don’t discriminate) and dance the dirt away. Your housemates will love you for it too.


Do some food prep

Research the foods that freeze well and batch cook them. You can freeze them for a quick and healthy meal. You can also bake some cookies or other snacks if you still don’t want to leave the kitchen.  Again, this is best done with your favourite music.

Write a blog

You can get creative and write your own blog. WordPress allows you to do it for free. You can do anything from fashion to chess strategies. Pro tip: include memes- everyone loves memes!


Watch back-to-back episodes of your favourite show or get ready for Christmas with incredible movies. Pro Tip number 2: The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear- if you don’t get that quote you have not lived and must watch Elf for procrastination!


Go to the IC

This may be the last thing you thought would come up but the IC is a treasure trove of books. One thing I have always wanted to do but never got round to is to go to the IC and learn something other than my subject. You can read about policing strategies, feminism, archaeology, business or whatever interests you. Have a look on starplus and find something interesting. Who knows, you may even end up doing a masters in it.


Posted in Intern advice, student life, Written by Katie

Grad Scheme Applications

If you are in your final year, I bet you are stressed out right now about getting a job after you graduate. Maybe you are swamped in grad scheme applications or maybe you have been rejected from all your favourite schemes but fear not. Here are my top tips for dealing with it:

Plan your time

Be proactive in planning your time and set specific times aside to work on your applications. If you set aside 1 hour a day, you should start speeding through them. It is also important to be flexible as often you get just 3 days to complete the next stage.

Think outside the box

So you have your heart set on a specific job? How do you know you won’t enjoy something else. I went to the careers service and found several career paths linked to my degree that I had not previously considered but that sound really interesting. Try something new.


Look at smaller companies

Okay, so the pay may not be as good but the training will probably be better as the team will likely be smaller so your manager can focus more on you.

Visit the careers service

They know so much about everything! You go in with a simple question and come out with a bag full of leaflets. Don’t let that put you off, they are super useful.


Get feedback

Know what you did wrong so you won’t do it again.

Don’t get disheartened

Rejection can be tough but it’s a part of life and it gives you an answer for the next interview when you are asked ‘Give an example of when you have been resilient’. Use it as a learning curve for the next job.


Posted in student life, Written by Ellie

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 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.



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!