MyHallam Podcast episode 2- Student Experience

MyHallam Podcast episode 2- Student Experience


The MyHallam podcast is ran by
students for students, as a place to discuss the student experience and we
will also give insight to the various events happening within Sheffield Hallam
University and across the city. Hello and welcome to the MyHallam podcast you’re
listening to me Roagan Hall, I’m joined here with Jo Hannigan ‘Hello’
and Connor Christian ‘Hi, you alright’ and today the topic of the podcast will be our
experience at studying at Sheffield Hallam we’re all just we’ve just
graduated really, really good grades we’re really happy so we wanted to talk
about what our overall experience has been from start to finish. So we all came
from sort of different areas and different backgrounds so we wanted to
talk we wanted to start this podcast off with why we chose Hallam. Joe, do you want to start us off with with why you chose Hallam to come and study you degree. Yes as we all
did here, we all studied film and media production and I came from doing media
at GCSE and then film and media and English at college at a level and then
obviously my next step was pretty generic route in going into uni. I had
five applications to different universities I had Sheffield Hallam
University of Leeds, Edinburgh, Lincoln and Leeds Beckett I believe and I got
offers to all apart from uni of Leeds and the reason I chose Hallam was mainly
because of the abundance of facilities and resources that’s accessible to
someone on an undergraduate course. Its quite a lot for us, so doing film and
media we obviously are using cameras, microphones, all that sort of stuff and
we get access to a lot which usually you would expect to be reserved for higher
level courses or postgraduate degrees. The second thing which is obviously
slightly more personal is that it’s quite close to where I live so it made
even though I did get accommodation here and it’s all like really good
accommodation which is the second point. It just made me able to go home a little bit easier stay in touch with my family a bit more. It’s a reputable University for creative courses as well, so there was no doubt about its reputation to me. They were my main reasons.
Connor can you can you share why you chose Sheffield Hallam? Well for me it was
one of those things where I never I never thought I was ready to move away
from my family and we have quite close-knit family
obviously like like Joe, I got accepted into quite a lot universities Liverpool,
Manchester, UAL in London which I thought about for quite a while because
one of my friends in college were going there but ultimately it
was more of a personal choice than it was for like looking into my future
because obviously, I did three years at college rather than
two I sort of took my third year to kind of re-evaluate what I wanted to do
because it at first I thought about doing music I thought about going to
Barnsley they have quite a good music department there but yeah I think it one
of those things where I didn’t think I was ready for it, I was more of, I was really
scared about University because I didn’t think I was I didn’t think I was, not
intelligent enough but like I don’t think I were at the level where I
thought I could be at University and get a good grade but I kind of you know I
come from quite I like a if you want to say rough background and you know it
were never really pushed on me school and education and all this stuff it were
more of a you know do it until you until you think that you don’t need to do it
anymore and you would stop with our I was supported by my
family and I think one of the main reasons for me was like Joe said as well
I came down and I had a look when I’d finished college I came to an open day
down here and I just loved the department I came into stores and I just
could see everything and i just thought you know cameras and because I were already
doing a media course as well at college and our equipment were very basic like
the mics are basic the cameras are basic and it was just like I saw that and my
eyes kind of just widen and I was four you know I’ve got to come here I’ve got
to use all this stuff and I saw the mics and I was just like that that’s for me
you know I mean yeah it was just one of those things. Yeah so my journey is
obviously a little different I was 26 when I started this course just
turned 26 I’m born mid to late September and had a
child at the time and since I’ve had another after I’ve got two children and
I knew that I wanted to, I knew that the career and the path that I had
chosen beforehand just wasn’t in line with my passions and I knew I
needed it to be so I went and searched for how can I get in the film industry
here in Sheffield because obviously this is this is where I live it’s where my
children live. There’s no immediate like
plans to move and I didn’t want to commute and Hallam offered this film and
media production course which gave access day one to all this kit which is
like what Connor was talking about quite specifically in terms of he was
overwhelmed by all the microphones but for me it was more the camera side and
the editing the lots of editing Suites stood out for me so yeah it was kind of
a no-brainer in many respects like you can either start off in the industry at
the very bottom and hope that within 15 years somebody’s seen you or you can go
in and learn your skills day one in the university and Hallam was the
University that provided the equipment and the course that was in line with my passions. So yeah that’s why I chose Hallam specifically. So we’ve we’ve all
discussed like the facilities that Hallam gives and I mean not just specifically
for our course yeah that I were gonna say because
obviously where we all come from the same sort of background so yeah the facility is
a good for us, but my girlfriend she’s doing a nutrition based course, got
access to like full kitchens and testing rooms and like just an abundance of
stuff that I’m not sure the specifics but like high quality you know all
science rooms we’ve used some of the science labs for filming locations and
some of the equipment that’s like there is you know it’s high-grade stuff you
know it’s like off limits and tours obviously, but and then I’ve the
collegiate campus as well there’s so many sports facilities and there’s like
mock law courts for anyone doing law. So you know it’s not just for up for
creative courses. Yeah. Academic courses do have those facilities as well. Some of
the niche courses like jewellery making you know the jewellery making in Hallam
has the largest collection of tools for making jewellery and like even has
some like ancient stuff. I didn’t even know there was that course. Do you know neither did I and I was talking to somebody like I work as a student ambassador at open days and
stuff and somebody else that was working there, just had loads of rings and his
fingers and asked him and he was like oh I made jewellery and I was like oh you
spare time and it’s like no on the course and I was like oh that that’s a
thing and then he told me like the equipment that he can use there’s some
medieval stuff of a making jewelry and it’s really modern stuff so like that’s
just one of those examples of how much resources Hallam has in weird ways that we didnt realise. Its weird out how many courses there is here, how many
different departments there is, the science labs, the you know the buildings
that we’ve got like it’s just incredible like that and that’s part of the point
as well part of the process for me was like you know there’s all these big
buildings where I’m from I don’t need to it’s a stone’s throw away from my house
I don’t need to go to these universities Manchester Liverpool London they’re all
brilliant universities and I’ve been to most of them, but if you, I think if you
like if you throw away what’s on your doorstep
you know you’re not gonna have a good time and you know I think it’s I know
this you know knowing the city as well it’s so much easier on our course yeah
like as well because Sheffield is like how you put a lot roagon is that its sort of
like, it’s a city but it’s got like a village vibe yeah like it’s really like
tight-knit and stuff and like the university is really well integrated
into the city so we have studio spaces which is accessible
towards some of the classes as well I believe
and literally just never getting through the city using all these different
places it just it adds like some sort of like I don’t know how to describe it but
like a capsule for students in sort of like in Sheffield yeah it’s so like our own
little like hub in the middle Sheffield is definitely a student City with Hallam
at the heart of the centre. Yeah. And especially when like obviously, Connor you looked at
the universities as well, like they don’t feels like integrated and that’s because Sheffield is a little bit smaller scale like at Manchester’s obviously huge, it I weren’t aware that I
were around the university until I was there when were at open days and stuff. I know I was exactly the same my friend Nathan did his degree in Manchester and I went visiting loads
of times and it’s not like it’s not as easy to it’s not as easy to get around
in Manchester as it is in Sheffield I don’t know if it’s just cuz I don’t live there
or anything but he says to me that you know he’s he’s got pretty much one
building that he stayed in the whole time and whereas I I can go to Cantor, I
can go to Owen building and I know like where I can sit where the nice spaces
are where the good edit rooms are and stuff and I just think it’s just the
experience that I’ve had has just been amazing I don’t regret not going
anywhere else. Yeah definitely. We’ve sort of mentioned that like Sheffield is
student City and and what’s available for students in Sheffield so if we were
to like talk to somebody considering to come to Sheffield what what are the
pieces of Sheffield that you would recommend Sheffield for, if that makes any sense. So like for example for me I love the different cinemas in Sheffield like
you’ve got some really you know old and quirky kind of cinemas and then you’ve
got your really high tech like the Cineworld in Sheffield is the fourth
biggest cinema in the UK that’s outside yeah and it’s the I think I think it’s
either the biggest of the second biggest outside of London and has IMAX and 4dx
so you’ve got all that but then you can go to the Abbydale picture house the
complete opposite side of it and sit in a really old auditorium yeah or you can
go to the Curzon an it’s right quirky and stuff and and it’s more of an
experience to a cinema. Yeah. What would you recommend to people like how would
you sell Sheffield. I think there’s a lot of ways to sell it a lot of
different ways and for me I feel like one of the things that stands out is
this so much independent business like you see there’s like obviously
there’s a main high street we know what you’ve got all your like generic stores
you know like Topshop and H&M and all that sort of stuff but like there’s so
many independent businesses opening up now and that’s both like Clothes stores,
food, coffee shops. Coffee shops there are so many coffee shops. You know down Devonshire there’s just like a coffee shop every two minutes. Yeah it feels like it just gives this like what
we’re saying earlier this like village sense like everyone’s a community. Oh
yeah. It’s really like tighten knit. And the amount of independent businesses that
you see everywhere like you’ve got Depot bakery and Tamper coffee
and you know the brands that people don’t know but yeah we all go to. Street
food chef as well. Yeah like where is that, you didn’t see that Manchester,
Leeds, Liverpool, all these big cities. The food it seems like pretty amazing in Sheffield, constantly
things opening up. Fantastic. There’s a place called Kommune. Ah yeah.
There’s a new food hole and then there’s… Have you heard of the cereal coffee shop? Yeah. Mix
all kind of cereals from American and yeah they chuck some ice cream in it for
you it’s crazy in there. Another thing I’d say about Sheffield as well which is
probably like key for a lot of people a minute it’s like it’s quite a progressive
city. It’s very green, it’s very accepting, as like now like there is like
the sort of vegan scene has really boomed in Sheffield. Ah yea massive vegan scene.
but not the cost of like for other people’s tastes who aren’t really like
there. Yeah, have you been to peddler market? Yeah, Kelham
Island so that’s just like you know you’ve got vegan stores, you’ve got big
massive burgers, you know no one’s and no one’s fighting against each other, Its a community. Its an excepting place and everyone works well together. Yeah, the music seems really booming as well in Sheffield so many venues so many pubs playing live music. There’s always events going on as well. Yeah, I feel like with Sheffield there’s a lot of hidden gems that you’ve got to go out
and find yourself it’s not really, there’s not really a list of like
oh these are all the best independent places that you can go and listen to
music, get food and all this stuff, you just got to like word-of-mouth find
out for yourself and and you know you’ll find a lot there’s a lot of hidden gem
so it’s not like you won’t be able to find them, There is yeah. They’re not that hidden. Just like there’s even from like a spiritual sense is like two cathedrals
there is a Buddhist Center, you know the there’s so many like you know Tai Chi
meditation places. The diversity is mad. Because, like it’s so like even though
it’s quite small and tight like that, it’s like cut up into a lot of sections,
where like so you’ve got West Street. Yeah. Were you obviously might find like
a lot of nightlife and there’s also a lot of restaurants on there. Ecclesall Road
same, bit further out, but obviously for students going to collegiate or living on
Ecclesall Road, you’ve got a huge strip of shops, food places, bars like classier
restaurants as well there’s a few on there, cocktail bars
and bakeries and just everything. Then obviously you’ve got like Division
Street. where you’ve got your more indie shops and stuff and then Fargate where
all the high street stuff is, so there’s so much going on in such a
small city, it’s just like, it’s a really really nice place to be. I feel like I’m
a little biased when I talk about Sheffield because it’s my hometown and I
love it I really do I don’t and I love the north, I love Manchester, I love Liverpool and I’ve been to London many
times and I I like it down there as well but, I just think there’s something
different about Sheffield, its something, it’s like, it’s so hard to explain. It’s like
it’s got all the best things that you need with all the cheapness of the north. Yeah. You know we’ve got independent breweries and we’ve got like
independent food places that, and independent farms and stuff like that
it’s not like it doesn’t fit nothing in Sheffield to me feels manufactured. No
and it’s getting a lot more that way because I know that like there’s sort of,
there’s a lot of shops like high street shops sort of like shutting down now isn’t there. Yeah. On Fargate there’s like and again independent businesses are taking
over and that’s partly times we live in a lot of people are more entrepreneurial
but you can really see it sort of shining in Sheffield. Yeah. Yeah
there is there’s lots of startup companies and back to Sheffield
Hallam, Hallam offers a lot of opportunities through enterprise and
stuff for you to get set up and I think that’s why we find a lot of quirky and
and new businesses coming up. Sheffield also, it’s got two big
football teams. Which is one is now Premier. Yeah. Yeah, Premier League
football team. I live literally about what quarter of a mile away from the
stadium if that, Yeah me two. yeah you can bag yourself an accommodation right next to the
stadium. Yeah and you get student discounted tickets as a student. And it’s a good day
out as well. Yeah. You know even if you don’t like, if you don’t support a
Sheffield team. I mean United in the Premier League now so most people that
support Man United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham. Yeah. They can go and they can go and watch Premier League matches and that’s the best thing ever.
Yeah. If you’re a football fan. Yeah it’s one of them, if you you know if you want
a little bit of history can go down to Hillsborough. Yeah. You know they’ve got
the memorial outside, they’ve got an amazing stadium tour as well that shows
you all the history and stuff like that. Yeah and you’ve got EIS as well so if
you’re interested in boxing you might not to catch Anthony Joshua training I
know a few people who have copped him yeah I have at centertainment Nando’s he comes in all the time. Yeah,
yeah I’d imagine he does although he might be recovering for a little while. But yeah while were talking on sports ice Hockey as well ice hockey is huge in Sheffield. The ice hockey scene is mad I don’t even know it like for me personally it’s not because I never grew up with
the parents that wanted to take me to ice hockey but like everyone from school
and college and they did all go Steelers matches. They follow Steelers everywhere. I’ve been to a lot of games and like before I ever first went I were l like I’m not really
interested in ice hockey. Go to an ice hockey match and you’ll want to go like every single time they’re playing honestly. I’m not even that big of an ice hockey
fan, but I like watching the varsity and you know I’ve
been to a few matches but when I’ve gone I’ve had such a good time. Yeah. Like I
don’t know why I don’t go more. Because then the tickets are like five-pound, sometimes.
Literally. It’s crazy and then we have the Lyceum, we’ve got the crucible, huge
theaters like professional theatre productions literally on the doorstep
across the road from the library, from the Hallam library. It’s all so, it’s all
so close together and then you just jump you’ve got Norfolk Park at the back of
the train station, you’ve got endcliff park along Ecclesall
Road. Botanical Gardens. Yeah botanical gardens. The cemetery I’m not even naming half the amount of parks in Sheffield cycled the greenery in Sheffield for it being a big city and was it fourth or fifth biggest City in England?
Is it? It’s something like that I think so you’ve got London, Manchester, Liverpool,
Birmingham and Sheffield I think. Okay. Fifth or sixth maybe. But we’ve got so much greenery. Yeah. So much there’s woods, forests, fifteen minutes you’re in the
Peak District. Exactly. Literally. I can see cows from a house. This is crazy you have
a really busy city with lots of opportunities and loads of student jobs
and it’s really vibing and vibrant, vivid got a lot of art, music, everything and
then you’ve got the the complete the village life you know the peaceful
villages in the Peak District and you it’s just it’s such a diverse place and
culturally diverse as well. Oh yeah. I really couldn’t recommend it enough. Just
just before we sort of finish on this podcast, if you could recommend like that
the one place you’ve got to visit when you come to Sheffield. For me I’m going
to say something quite off beat and there’s a there’s a Canadian coffee shop
called The Cabin I love The Cabin. You get the the best waffles or pancakes ever and there’s a challenge as well that
very rarely gets completed because it’s so big and its great. If you come to
Sheffield it’s at the bottom of the moor The Cabin. It’s family friendly and
they’ve got toys for kids and that in there and you know you can just eat
yourself stupid on pancakes and it’s great. Yeah for me it’s a bit of
a hard one because I like this so many places that I love if you’re more of a,
if you if you like more of the kind of outgoing scene, the more of a
chilled kind of like pub night out where you just have a few beers with your mates or something like that I’d recommend Kelham Island to anyone. because it’s just full of
not only just drinking spots but food places isn’t it and the food places that
are amazing like peddler market they’ve got cutlery works down there. Yeah cutlery works is amazing. Fantastic place to go for drinks and Fantastic place to go for drinks and for food. There’s a little tiny pub called Pina round there. You ever been to Pina? No. They do
these things called pina pints and they’re four pound a pint and it’s absolutely
great in there its just fantastic, but yeah definitely Kelham Island go and walk
around Kelham Island. Its a fantastic place down there. I’d probably second Connors to
be honest, but more generically just find out all the different independent food places and just try them all and support local businesses as
well because there’s so many in Sheffield so there’s countless places
you can try, but again mention cutlery works, Kommune, all the sort of areas
around castle gate and then even like I would say as well I Ecclesall Road. You
know whether it’s for like a chilled evening or before you might want to go
and go for a proper night out. But that’s like everything’s equal to me
because if it’s like really really good and I couldn’t recommend. The pubs on Ecclesall Road especially, Nursery Tav Yeah pub quizzes in Sheffield, they’ve got a lot of pop quiz. Oh yes. Every pubs got a pub quiz. Yeah. So
yeah, thank you very much for listening I I hope we’ve been able to
express our love for Sheffield in an easy to digest way.
Yeah I’ve been Rogan, I’ve been Joe, I’ve been Connor. Thank you very much, Bye.

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