Friday, 5 June 2015

One film to watch before coming to Sheffield!

It’s Erika here, the Japanese ambassador for the University of Sheffield's International Office.
You can find out more about me on my web page. 

  Last week, my friends who are studying in Intercultural Communication and International Development invited me and other friends to the workshop in the Information Commons.
  In this library, there are some spaces where we can have discussions, prepare presentations,watching videos and even have lectures. Many people especially who have group work assignment all the time are happy to use these facilities with other students.

Workshop @Information Commons 
  In our workshop, we watched L'Auberge Espagnole at the beginning. This story is about one French guy who moves to Spain for study. It depicts some culture shock and struggle with his friends, family, teachers and flatmates.
Basically this film is comedy-based and we laughed a lot.  However, you can learn what cultural diversity is with three different languages: French, Spanish and English in this film. I recommend you see this film before coming here. It is not only the matter of language differences but also you can learn how to go beyond the borders people have.

Student Union -Cafe Deli-
 After watching this film, we made small groups and talked about this film and our own experiences.
 It reminded us that what we thought at the beginning of this postgraduate course. I am really proud of my friends who planned this workshop. We originally were from different countries last September, but we gradually have noticed why we got together and exchanged our thoughts and understand the importance of Interpersonal communication as well.

My favorite cafe near the station
 Sometimes people treated me as only one of foreigners, Japanese, or women, but others understand me as "Erika." It might take some time that we would understand with each other, but it is nice that we can communicate with others and find things in common beyond our cultural differences.
I hope you will go through such an awesome experience here in Sheffield near future.


By Erika Uchiyama
 International Office Ambassador for Japan

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Tiffany's Life in Sheffield during in May

After a crazy week of varsity, here comes May! It's me - Tiffany -  back again to tell you all about my life in May. 

Finally it's the time of the year where you can have a sunny day in Sheffield. Not to say it's rare, but it really doesn't happen that much until the Spring, although we could all agree that Sheffield's weather change faster than a girls' mind! It can be sunny and windy and all in a sudden it will even rain. So as usual guys, don't forget your hoodie even the sun is out. You WILL need it. Generally I would say I enjoy the wether in May as it is not too cold or too warm and it is always good to be Spring Summer coming up after a long and snowy winter. And yes you're right this is THE weather talk. We just love to talk about the weather!

However I do have a mixed feeling for May. Yes I love the weather but for me and almost every student in Sheffield, it is also the essay season. With loads of deadlines in May, it can often be quite stressful. If you need any help, dont hesitate to talk to someone. Theres always someone there to help, it could be your friends, your tutor or the student advice centre. 

You might realise I have never talk about my university work, so I guess this would be the perfect time. For me, I can't work in the library. I would feel really sleepy by stepping into the library. For most of my friends, they basically move into the IC (Information Commons) in May. Sheffield University have a few different libraries, the most popular one would be the IC. It opens 24/7 all year and you can eat and talk, providing a really relaxed environment. But if you are more into an absolute silence study space, Western Bank would be the perfect fit. 

I am gonna have to get back to my work now (that's student life). Hope you all are enjoying you time so far. It's less than a month till summer so seize your time in school!!

By Tiffany Hiu Lam Kwong
International Office Ambassador for Hong Kong 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Lacuo visits the best Chinese restaurants in Sheffield

Hi, it’s Lacuo (Bingma Lacuo) and I am an International Office Ambassador for China. You can find our more about me here on the University web pages.

One of the most magnificent things of living in Sheffield is having a chance to dine out in those surprisingly good Chinese restaurant, which attracts a lot of population from all places. So here I’d like to endorse for those Chinese restaurants that are worthy of trying.

Zing Vaa
  • Location: 55, The Moor, Sheffield, S1 4PF (close to Bhs)
  • Review: It is said to be the first Chinese restaurant in Sheffield. Zing Vaa mainly served traditional Szechuanese and Cantonese cooking. The Dim sum exclusively served in the Sunday morning will definitely delight the taste bud!
  • Special offer: Finest Dim sum offered in Sunday morning 
  • Price: averagely about £10 per person

Wong Ting
  • Location: 6-8 Matilda Street, Sheffield, S1 4QD
  • Review: Nice food and good price. But the food quality is strongly dependent on the emotion of the chef. If he is happy enough then you’ll probably enjoy the best Chinese food in Sheffield.
  • Special: Ribs with black bean sauce, Fujian stir rice, Egg custard tofu.
  • Price: averagely £10-£20 per person

Man Ting Hong
  • Location: 21-23 Matilda Street, City Centre, Sheffield, S1 4QB
  • Review: Different from most Chinese restaurants which provide mild-taste food only, Man ting hong is expert in cooking hot dish. The baked fish together with dryly stirred hot pot is superb among all the spicy choice.
  • Special: Spicy hot pot with baked fish 
  • Price: averagely £15 per person

Noodle Inn
  • Location: 156 London Rd, Sheffield S2 4LT, England
  • Review: The most famous Chinese noodles restaurant. Most noodles are served with deliberately cooked soup, which makes the taste of every ingredient in harmony with each other.
  • Special: Noodles of course
  • Price: Up to £10 per person.

Hui Wei

  • Location: 221 Glossop Road, Sheffield S10 2GW 
  • Review: Last but not least, here is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Sheffield. Hui wei offers elaborate dishes that totally worth the price. Nothing I've tried in Hui wei has ever let me down. Not only do they provide a wide range Chinese dishes , but they also offer drinks that has helped them to win the best pubs in England.
  • Special: Plum duck, Dry Fried Rice Noodles with Beef, Chicken and corn soup
  • Price:£10-£20 per person

Of course these are just a corner of iceberg, so just hang out with your friends and enjoy them!

By Lacuo Bingma

International Office Ambassador for China

You can email me at

Erika attends a conference and meets new people

It’s Erika here, the Japanese ambassador for the University of Sheffield's International Office. 
You can find out more about me on my web page. 

 Two weeks ago, I went to the Durham University to attend a small conference. My professor told me about this at the beginning of the course, so I was looking forward to going to the annual meeting in Durham for a long time.

People was practicing kayaking @ Darham 
 I stayed with a home-stay family for one night to attend this meeting. My host was great and we were talking about her work and my study late at night. She served warm cups of tea and nice breakfast. It was really kind of her to tell me all about Durham. Also, she told me about Newcastle, which is close to Durham and I have been interested in visiting here since I was in Japan. 

I like homestaying because I can meet new people and know their thoughts, lifestyle, and their friends.I can have different experiences from staying at a hotel.
Next morning, I got to the building earlier than the others. I took a look at the posters on the wall in the room we were having the meeting. Then, a man was coming in to the room and we were chatting for a while. I did not noticed he was the person studying for Intercultural Communication Competence and made its theory until everyone introduced their names. I have already read his theory and actually used it in my essay but I did not know his face! It was really nice to meet him.

At the conference, there were a lot of people from different parts of Britain and other EU countries. I met not only the researchers but also postgraduate students. Especially, I learned their research methodologies from their presentations. It was a wonderful opportunity to know people outside of our University and how they are researching in the same field. I hope I can meet more people at another meeting in Sheffield in this month.

By Erika Uchiyama
 International Office Ambassador for Japan