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Meet the team_Khadija Abubakar

Name: Khadija Abubakar   Nationality: Nigerian Department: Oncology and Human Metabolism. Course title: Msc (res) Translational Oncology

A bit about myself My name is Khadija Abubakar, I was born and raised in Nigeria, a country in the Western part of Africa. I completed my undergraduate degree in health and human sciences at the university of Sheffield, and also currently undertaking my master’s degree in Translational Oncology.

Why did you decide to study at The University of Sheffield? Deciding to undertake my masters’ degree was a no-brainer, as I undertook my undergraduate degree at the same university. Several factors played into what geared my decision to remain at Sheffield University.  One of the main reasons for choosing to remain here was the reputation of the university as one of the leading university in research in the world, and having received tremendous support from both academic and non-academic staffs during my undergraduate study, I knew there wouldn’t be a better place…


When choosing universities, an important aspect that students are concerned about and look for is the availability of career services and preparation for future job opportunities. The University of Sheffield has a dedicated team that helps students in different aspect of job hunting and developing their skills for future employment. The university runs different MOOCs (massive open online course) to prepare student for interviews which includes different tasks which they have to complete themselves, giving them an opportunity to understand their mistakes and improve them. This will help them in maximising chances of succeeding at job interviews and as well as effective writing of the applications. Moreover, one-to-one appointments are also available to offer advice to students on their CVs and cover letters and how to tailor them according to the job specifications.

Budgeting in University

Every student starts off with the struggle of overspending, I remember my first month in Sheffield where I had to sheepishly and shamefully ask my parents for more money halfway through the month, way ahead of schedule. But the question is how to combat this? How to be so money savvy that you not only end up spending within budget and even saving money? After two years here in the University of Sheffield I’d like to say that I know, and can tell you how:
Keep in mind how much money you have If you have a student loan, a weekly or monthly allowance, or even if you are using your own money remember how much money you have. There’s no point in thinking you have more money than in your account because that is the first step to failure.

Think of all the fixed costs you will be spending Set a budget for the fixed costs, maybe a certain allowance for groceries, maybe new necessities you need to buy, money you may be spending on birthdays, etc. Take this of money out of your total amount and you’…

Choosing your Accommodation

One of the most important things when coming to university: where will you live? Choosing the right place to live could mean you will have an amazing university experience, or could make first year a little bit of a nightmare. It is always hard to fully grasp what the accommodation is like in university because the pictures on the accommodation website simply don’t do it justice, so here I am in hopes that I can help you a little bit.
There are two main types of accommodation, private or university owned. Most first year students will choose to stay in university owned accommodation simply due to its convenience and simplicity - you do not have to think about bills, rent, payments, location, safety. All of these aspects will be covered by the university and included in your rent. The three main accommodations for university halls would be: Endcliffe, Ranmoor and city accommodation. Endcliffe and Ranmoor are about fifteen to twenty minutes walk away from the main university campus with…


Currently we have two cohorts providing funding open for international students to apply for PhD study, namely the Florey and Imagine groups. The research teams are highly co-oporative so you will find researchers from various departments including subjects on infection and immunity, biology, chemistry and physics. The Florey cohort focus on host-pathogen interaction studies, particularly working on those causing the most serious global health issues; while the Imagine group concentrates on microscopy technologies for insights at molecular level.   
The Florey: The Imagine:
Additionally, it could be a good idea to read through potential supervisor’s profiles on the university website; target those who is working on subjects that you find with great interests; and approach to them to see if they have or can find scholarships for you.   For Undergraduates, check your faculty website or even your country website on the Univer…

Things to bring

For the border check-in and academic registration, make sure to bring your passport, ID photos, visa, offer, flight tickets, previous transcription and degree certificates, English language test results (all have to be ORIGINAL OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS) and other documents if needed such as physical health check etc. Double check with the requirements from your offer/department If you are using electrics (phone, laptop etc.) from your home county, prepare adaptors accordingly. Medicine that you frequently needed (various on individual conditions) that might not be available in Britain. Honestly you could find everything necessary for daily life here. The only problem could be that the price might be comparatively expensive when you take currency exchange into account.
If you are not sure the availability of certain goods, or struggle to find anything when you get here, do not hesitate to ask us, we are here to help!

Weather in Sheffield

Each year we have beloved summer time from June to early September, during which the temperature is approximately 15oC to 25oC, and we have the most of sunshine. The highest temperature you could possibly get is 30oC.  What is better, the mosquito here do not bite (ho ho ho). From late September to October and April to May, it is a bit cool (around 10 oC), while November to February is the coldest time of the year (0oC to 10oC).  
The rainfall in Sheffield is pretty consistent: around 60mm/month. So basically we have much less rain compared to cities like Manchester where it could easily rain for a whole month. In terms of air humidity, it is in between of the northern and southern parts of China. It could be a bit windy sometimes, but again, much better than cities like Liverpool where it could be very difficult to walk in the wind.

Lastly, the ‘abnormal’ weather only occurs when extreme weather happens in the US or continental Euro, but really rarely and mildly in Sheffield. For examp…


The most nerve wrecking phase for any international student after their acceptance into the university is the visa application process. From filling the application to its submission, there is a constant doubt if everything was done right. When I was applying for the visa, I was misinformed regarding some issues, which led to me being in stress for 15 days till I got my visa. Nevertheless, I will be sharing some information and tips concerning visa which I hope will be useful.
The application process itself is not complicated but since there isn’t a platform where the information about the procedure is readily available, it can seem to be the most difficult task. The first thing that you should do is visit the home office’s website for latest information since, changes are being made regularly with respect to eligibility and requirements. Another website that is useful for information regarding visas is the UKCISA webpage