10 Essential Items Every Student Needs!

As a student, what do you need? Like really, what are the must haves. The essentials, the things that you can’t live without. The things that you will, at some point, succumb and buy anyway. We’ve clubbed together some ideas for embracing the student life without leaving yourself short.


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An absolute essential. Probably the most important thing going. Everybody knows that libraries are supposed to be a safe haven from noise and distraction, but when have students ever followed the rules? A pair of headphones will keep you zoned in and out the pub!

House insurance

One of our ‘responsible grown-up’ shouts, this. House insurance will cover your possessions from theft and damage from dodgy boilers. It only costs a couple of quid but with so many gadgets in the house it’s really important to get it sorted as Landlord’s Insurance won’t cover you.

Extension Cable

Plug sockets are unusually hard to find in student accommodation. No idea why, but you’re going to find there aren’t enough to charge your phone, your laptop, run your printer and power your tele all in one go. Just make sure you get one that’s safe!

Railcard/NUS Extra Card

Discount cards in general are going to be a blessing whilst you are at university. Use them as much as possible, for as many things as possible. From knocking a third off your train fare to eating out with a chunky discount, these cards are designed to allow students to afford a realistic lifestyle.

Find out more about the benefits of an NUS extra card here.

If you’re still unsure about what to study this September, we have a number of courses available through Clearing including

Health & Social Care HNC FdSc Sport and Exercise Coaching  FdA Photography
Environmental Conservation HNC FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology Animal Management HND
Manufacturing Engineering HNC Computing HNC Creative Media Production (Computer Games Design) (Top-up)
Public Services: Policing Studies FDA BA Business Management (top up) FdA Business Leadership and Management 
BA Event Management (top up) Sport Management (top up)  Media Makeup Artistry
FdA Media Production BA (Hons) Music Performance & Production

Kitchen ‘stuff’


We’ve lumped all this under one heading. You’re going to need a lot. Think about sorting:

  • Cutlery and utensils including bits like tongs, a colander and cheese grater
  • Pans, frying pans, wok
  • Baking tray
  • Knives
  • Glasses and mugs
  • Washing up liquid


Speaks for itself these days. From watching tele in bed to cracking on with some work because the library is full, your laptop is going to feel like an additional limb whilst at university. If you’ve not got one, make sure you use our £500 IT voucher for exactly that!


You’ll probably find that upon moving out, into student halls, wherever, there will be a complete lack of ambient lighting. Mood lighting. Get yourself a lamp. They’re good for working in and keep the leccy bills down.

Bedroom stuff

Another category of stuff lumped under one heading due to the vastness of bits you’ll need for your bedroom. Make sure you’ve got a duvet, a full bed set and mattress protector for extra comfort! On top of that, we’re talking home comforts. Photos, candles, nice bits and pieces to help set the tone.

Going out shoes that you don’t mind ruining

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If you’re going to be out on the beers, invest in a pair of respectable shoes whose sole responsibility is to absorb the pain, anguish and grime of the bars, pubs and club floors in Sheffield. File this one under ‘wise-investment’.

Emergency Vodka

Ok, not an essential and very tongue in cheek but might be handy in case of emergency, obviously, just make sure you always drink responsibly, really obviously!

To find out more about The Sheffield College’s University Level offer, please click here, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 or email info@sheffcol.ac.uk


New GCSE Grade Boundaries Explained!

As GCSE results come out, somethings won’t have changed. Nerves and anxiety will remain, as will the brown envelopes they’ll no doubt be handed out in. This year, however, you’ll notice that some results are displayed differently.

Yes, this is the first year that the new GCSE grading system begins to be phased in as part of the new curriculum introduced in 2014 which also saw a change to courses depending almost exclusively on exams as opposed to coursework. To avoid any kind of confusion, let us explain the changes…

What is the change?

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Aside from the aforementioned change with regards to the testing for the grades, the actual change to the grading system does away with the A* to G scale that many of you will be used to.

Instead, GCSE courses will now be graded on a scale from 9 (the highest) to 1 (the lowest).

There’s still time to apply for courses at The Sheffield College. Click here to view them all!

How do the grading systems compare?

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They don’t. Both systems are completely separate to each other and shouldn’t be directly compared.

But it’s not as simple as that. There will, naturally, need to be a rough comparison. For parents, for students and for schools and colleges. So how do they roughly equate?

A grade 4 roughly equates to a grade C in the old system with a grade four being seen as a “standard pass” and a grade five as a “strong pass”.

Here’s a bit of a guide, but remember, it is just a guide!

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3 D



7 A




When are the changes taking place?

Changes have started to be phased in but won’t happen all in one go unfortunately.

The first change is for English Language, English Literature and Maths which is being introduced this year.

In 2018 changes will be made to most other subjects, including biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, French, Spanish, religious education, geography, music and history.

Psychology, ancient history, business, information and communications technology (ICT) and media studies will complete the set in 2019.

Looking to start an Apprenticeship this summer? Check out our live vacancies and get started today!

So, there will be two grading systems in place this year?

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So to clarify, results this year for English Language, English Literature and Maths will be graded on the 9-1 scale. All other grades will be in the old A*-G system.

Still confused?

Don’t worry if there’s still a bit of confusion around the grading. We’ve been getting our heads around it too!

If you have any questions about the new grading system, whether you’ve been accepted on a course or Apprenticeship at The Sheffield College or whether you still can apply to us, there will be a member of staff from The Sheffield College on hand to help you with all of this on the day!

And lastly, good luck all!!

If you have any questions about GCSE results, including what they can lead to, please get in touch on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or visit www.sheffcol.ac.uk

A Level Results Day 2017 – What Happens If I Don’t Get The Results I Want?

A Level Results Day stirs the same emotions year on year; nerves, angst and restlessness. You’ve studied the course, put the work in and taken the exam. The waiting is horrible but, whatever your grades, it’s not the be all and end all. This is the start. The start of your next step with the college.

When do I get my results?

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Results come out on Thursday 17th August 2017. If you studied your A Levels with us, they will be collectable from our Hillsborough campus from 7a.m. If you didn’t study with us please check with your provider what time you will be able to collect from.

If you can’t wait until it’s time to collect your results, your UCAS track portal can update from any time after midnight and, whilst you won’t get your results online, you will find out if you’ve been accepted on to one of our courses.

But if things don’t quite go your way, these are your next steps…

You may still get in!


Regardless of your A Level results, make sure you still check your UCAS track portal as you still may have been accepted on the course with us if your results aren’t a million miles away.

If your course choices at The Sheffield College are showing as unsuccessful, don’t abandon all hope just yet. If you haven’t met the conditions of the offer, please give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 and ask to speak to the University Centre. We’ll have people on hand throughout results day, and the rest of the week, to advise you on your next move.

If your offer is still showing as conditional, or nothing has changed, please also contact us immediately.

We really do recommend getting in touch with us if you are disappointed. You never know, we may be able to sort something.



If you don’t get accepted immediately, you will be placed into Clearing on the UCAS website, which opens immediately on results day. Clearing is the process is for people who:

  • Applied for university after the 30th June
  • Did not receive any university offers
  • Did not meet their entry requirements

The good news, though, is that in 2015, 64,000 people went to university after applying through Clearing.

All of our courses that have a vacancy will be relisted through Clearing. This is how it works:

  • You can chose any course at The Sheffield College that’s on the list.
  • When you know which course you want to do, you’ll need to call us on 0114 260 2600 citing your Clearing Number and Personal I.D. It may be busy getting through on the day but please be patient, it’ll be worth it as we can answer all your questions. If we are satisfied with your grades, we will verbally offer you a place.
  • Once we have settled on a verbal offer, you will need to click ‘add clearing choice’ on UCAS and fill in the details. You only get 1 option to choose so this counts as accepting your offer!

Here are some of the courses that are available in Clearing this year. Click on the name of the course to see more.

Health & Social Care HNC FdSc Sport and Exercise Coaching  FdA Photography
Environmental Conservation HNC FdSc Bakery and Patisserie Technology Animal Management HND
Manufacturing Engineering HNC Computing HNC Creative Media Production (Computer Games Design) (Top-up)
Public Services: Policing Studies FDA BA Business Management (top up) FdA Business Leadership and Management 
BA Event Management (top up) Sport Management (top up)  Media Makeup Artistry
FdA Media Production BA (Hons) Music Performance & Production

Clearing is open until September, but does work on a first come first serve basis. Be quick!

To view The Sheffield College’s University Level courses, please click here.

From all of us here at The Sheffield College, good luck! You’ll be fine! If you do happen to run into any concerns or have any queries, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or have a chat to any of our staff on Results Day.

GCSE Results Day 2017 – No Need For Disappointment, Explore The Options

Here we are again as GCSE Results Day looms with 15/16 year olds all over the country probably feeling more than a little nervous right now.

Whilst what’s done is done, the grades your young person will get will impact on what they do next. Remember, though, they have options and it’s important they’re explored.

When is it?

This year GCSE results day is on Thursday 24th August.

What time can results be collected from?


Your young person will need to check with their school about what time they are planning on opening for them to collect their results. If they have taken any GCSEs with us at The Sheffield College, our City and Hillsborough campuses will be open from 8.30am until about 2pm.

What to look out for


In the envelope of results there’s likely to be a few certificates with different course results on depending on which exam board the courses were with. The most important results to look out for? Well they would be:

  • Maths and English
  • The subjects your child is wanting to continue to studying

Your young person gets the grades they needed


In that case, congratulations! If they’ve already applied for a course with us, we’ll see them at enrolment. Remind them to bring their certificates along with them!

Your young person didn’t get the grades they wanted or needed, what next?


Make sure your young person knows that this is the start, not the end. There are still lots of options available for them here at The Sheffield College such as an Apprenticeship or a hands-on, vocational course, not just A Levels.

The most important thing is that it’s not too late. We still have enough spaces on courses at the appropriate level for your young person to apply and enrol on before the start of term.

Click here to view all of our courses.

Already applied with us? No problems. If your child still comes along to their enrolment session, we’ll place them on level of course that’s right for them.

If your young person is feeling a bit stuck or unsure of what to do next, we’ll be on hand straight away. All of our campuses will be open on results day for advice and guidance but if a bit more time is needed to decide, please give us a ring on 0114 260 2600 to arrange an appointment with one of our expert advisers.

A Levels aren’t the only option

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A Levels are not the only way for your young person to get to where they’re aiming for. Be that their chosen career, an Apprenticeship further down the line or university, the right option needs to be chosen.

Apprenticeships and vocational courses are highly respected by employers and will equip your young person with employability skills employers are looking for or carry the required UCAS points for a place at university.

It might be that they’re ready and more suited to something a bit more hands-on. Our vast array of vocational courses cover everything from Bakery to Engineering, Photography to Public Services. Our facilities rank amongst some of the best in the country, there’s certainly plenty on offer.

Click here to view all of our courses.

We also offer Apprenticeships in 15 different sectors, with a number of different roles within those, if earning whilst learning suits best. Apprenticeships range from Dental Nursing to Veterinary Nursing, Marketing Assistant to Teaching Assistant.

To view our Apprenticeships please click here.

Missed out on English and/or Maths grades

Don’t panic if your young person misses out on their English and/or Maths grades. At The Sheffield College we will help them get that elusive grade alongside the course they want to study – without too much extra work.

The first resit is in November so they won’t have to wait too long, but it is really important they’re retaken. Find out why here…

For further information, course listings and to apply today please visit our website www.sheffcol.ac.uk, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or give us a ring on 0114 260 2600

A Level Results Day – Are You Ready?

Are you ready for it?

As far as days go, there’s not too much you can do about it now. A Level Results Day stirs the same emotions year on year; nerves, angst and restlessness. You’ve studied the course, put the work in and taken the exam; and as papers have been marked, moderated and verified, results are flooding in ready for the big day next week.

The waiting is horrible but, whatever your grades, it’s not the be all and end all. This is the start. The start of your next step with the college.

When do I get my results?

Results are out on Thursday 17th August 2017. If you studied your A Levels with us, they will be collectible from our Hillsborough campus from 7a.m. – nobody wants to be waiting longer than needs be! If you didn’t study with us please check with your provider what time you will be able to collect from.

If you haven’t yet applied to The Sheffield College for a university level course, you can do so by clicking here to view our course offer.

And how do I find out if I’ve been accepted to The Sheffield College?

The wait can be pretty intense, pretty stressful. Impatiently waiting for the clock to tick round until it’s time to collect your results to find out whether you’ve been accepted on your degree with us at The Sheffield College.

You will be able to check on UCAS as soon as it updates (any time from midnight) and, whilst you won’t get your results online, you will find out whether you’ve been accepted on to your choice of course at The Sheffield College. Alternatively, you’ll find out when you collect your results in person along with finding out what grades you have got.

You should receive a notification email letting you know the portal has updated but there’s going to be a lot of people using UCAS at exactly the same time so it may take a little time to come through. Have your sign in details ready and, if you’ve got the grades you’ll be seeing this…

Congratulations, you got the grades!

Well done! You’ve opened your browser and that Conditional Offer has changed to an Unconditional Offer for that coveted place you’ve been after with us. You’ll see this message and then you’ll know:

Congratulations! Your place at The Sheffield College for [course title] has been confirmed. 

No need to do anything now, your place is confirmed and we will be in touch. Please avoid ringing for confirmation as we need to keep our phone lines free for Clearing. Your Confirmation letter should appear in Track five to seven days after your place is confirmed. Make sure you check it over but if we need anything else from you, we’ll be in touch!

From all of us here at The Sheffield College, good luck! You’ll be fine! If you do happen to run into any concerns or have any queries, give us a ring on 0114 260 2600, email info@sheffcol.ac.uk or have a chat to any of our staff on Results Day.

English and Maths – The Most Important Skills You Can Own

We can all agree that English and maths skills are some of the most important that you can have, if not the most important.

These are the skills that play really important roles in your everyday life; getting a job, a pay rise, a promotion. Making sure they’re the best they can be can have a huge effect on your quality of life, making a difference in being able to communicate better with friends, family and colleagues, problem solving and earning a bit more money.

But unfortunately these are the very skills that employers are concerned about. The standard has been getting worse which has made them realise just how important they are.

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Studies show that 46% of employers are more concerned about employees English skills in the work place than maths, 26% of employers are concerned about them both equally, 17% are more concerned about maths and only 11% said they had no concerns. Pretty concerning.

Employers are choosing not to hire because of this. A lack of qualifications in English and maths will see you struggle to get a job, a promotion or a pay rise with 25% of adults with no GCSEs of grade C or equivalent still looking for paid work. You could be missing out.

But it’s not about knowing Pythagoras and algebra inside out, nor is it about being a walking dictionary. It’s about being able to apply those skills to the job, about being able to communicate in a respected way and solving problems. When you think about it, they are essentially life skills.

Businesses are looking for people to show to them that they can apply English to communications at work:

  • Sending emails
  • Speaking to new customers
  • Report writing
  • Proofreading

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And use maths for:

  • Data analysis
  • Calculations
  • Problem Solving
  • Budgeting

It increases your pay and puts you in the position for promotion. With their such a gap and such a need, never has there been a better time to improve your English and maths skills to help you progress at work.

But it’s not all about employers. It’s about you. Improving the quality of your career, pay and, ultimately, your life through daily interactions.

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Here’s a little overview of how:

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As a general rule, the more qualified you are, the more money you are likely to earn through your career. Sounds simple enough, right? The figures tend to agree. If you don’t have your GCSEs there’s likely to be a 7% pay gap with those that do equating to over £2,000 extra in your bank a year. Improving your qualifications will also improve your finances!


63% of men and 75% of women with very low English skills have never received a promotion. If you can’t properly fill out an application form, how can you ever apply for a promotion; let alone impress on a daily basis.

Everyday Life

From getting to grips with discounts offered in shop, calculating your earnings so that you’re not paying too much tax right through to reading bus timetables and keeping yourself healthy, a higher level of English and maths skills will improve your quality of life.

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Applying for university

As mentioned above, you’re probably going to earn more if you’re qualified to a higher level. Universities require a minimum of a GCSE grade C in English and maths (grade 4/5 on the new system) to just get on to a course. It’s all worth it, though!

Helping with homework

Some of you may have homework and may dread your youngster asking for help with homework, be it English or maths. You’re not alone though. The top 5 out of 10 of the worst subjects parents struggle to help their children with are all maths related. Data shows children in the top 15% in maths ability at the age of 10 earn more, so your help could be crucial.

If you would like to improve you English and maths skills, we would love to help! Come down to our Enrolment Day on 24th August to sign up for a course. For more details, please click here. 

How Much Could An NUS Extra Card Save You At University?

During your time as a student, you’re probably not going to have as much money as you’d like – but then, when do we ever? Things are going to be tight. There’ll always be a couple of quid kicking about for a pint, mind you, but the luxury of eating out and frivolous clothes purchases will have to fall by the wayside.

It’s time to make the discounts count. Discounts are aplenty when you’re a student and not just the standard 10% off at Topshop or free cheeseburger from McDonald’s at the end of a night out. We’re talking a wealth of discounts that come with an NUS Extra card.

What is an NUS Extra card?

An NUS Extra card is the bridge between student life and your social life. A way of living an affordable student life without having to scrimp on the finer things in life. Produced by the NUS (National Union of Students), who have over 7 million members, the card represents the reality of student living. The reality being, why don’t you deserve nice things?!

For £12 a year or £32 for 3, you can use the card online or in shops with 200+ discounts nationally and 42,000+ internationally.

You can view all the discounts here: https://www.nus.org.uk/en/nus-extra/discounts/

Top 6 NUS Extra Discounts

That’s a lot of discounts, at home and abroad. A lot to sift through, to find your vices. So, being helpful and what have you, here are our top 6:

  • Up to 50% off at 5000 restaurants with Gourmet Society Bolt on

For just £3.99 you’re opening up a world of 50% off, 2-for-1 meals or 25% off your total bill. You can use your card at any of the associated restaurants, be it your favourite chain, independent café or pub, and use it as often as you like.

  • 50% off NOW TV Sky Entertainment/Cinema month pass


If you’re feeling the pinch, we’d recommend getting stuck into some serious tele. The £4.99 Cinema Pass gives you access to over 1,000 movies, including new premiere every day, whilst the £3.59 Entertainment pass for the month gives you 11 additional channels (including Sky Atlantic) and over 250 box sets. Remember to cancel at the end of the month though!

  • 50% of Spotify Premium for up to 12 months


What’s not to love? Cheap subscription for the best music streaming service. Everyone’s a winner.

  • 12% off 16-25 railcard

No doubt you’ll be back and forth whilst at university with trains paramount to getting from A to B. A saving on a card which makes you a saving makes all the sense. Right?

  • 10% off at the Co-op

Fans of yellow reduced tickets, get on this. By showing your NUS Extra card at the till you can get 10% discount off your shop. Whether that’s the big shop, the nipping in for a few bits shop or stocking up on beer shop, reduced items are at your beck and call!

  • 10% off ASOS


You probably use ASOS to absolute death already, so why wouldn’t you want a 10% discount on everything, all of the time?

Make sure you use it!

It’s time to get over the snobbery of asking for discounts. These specific discounts are here to help you live your life as a student, in reality. You’ve paid for the card, the NUS have sorted the discounts, just use it!

Always worth an ask

Some places choose not to advertise their discounts, whether that’s online or offline. It is always worth asking. Always. You’re entitled to these discounts so why pay more?

Don’t forget to sort your Amazon Prime

Ok, so to activate this one it just requires your email address we provided you with upon enrolment for a 6 month free trial. Same day delivery, Prime Video and even access to Amazon’s Pantry, just forget to cancel after 6 months, don’t get too addicted to the ease!

To buy your NUS Card please click here or speak to your Students’ Union when you start your time at the college. It’s definitely worth it!


Top 10 Student Eats In Sheffield

Studying for a degree isn’t about continuous study. You’re going to need to take some time for yourself. Get out into the city and hit up some of the finest independent eateries in town. Recuperate, rest and replenish. Sheffield’s a top place to do just that with cuisine clusters dotted all over, from Mexico to New Zealand via a pit-stop in Vietnam.

The list is interchangeable, depending on what you facny, but there to be completed!

The Street Food Chef

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Sheffield’s original Mexican cantina. Fast food done healthy, The Street Food Chef is archetypically Mexican to its core yet retains that Sheffield independent magic we so love. Burritos, tacos and quesadillas, your choice of salsa and a El Bastardo Man vs Food challenge; a Sheffield favourite.

Twisted Burger Company

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The edgiest burger joint in town, Twisted Burger Company has been serving out of the eclectic Harley for years. The burgers push boundaries, the fries are adventurous (get on the jalapeno business fries) and there are always plenty of vegan specials. A new restaurant has just opened up in Broomhill but you can grab a feed at The Harley until 1am for when you’ve been trapped in the library putting the hours in!

Bungalows and Bears

Let’s start with the chicken. Oh, the chicken. The chicken is to die for. Succulent and gravy coated. Fried, winged or spatchcocked. So, so good. The rest of the menu is in equal measure. Comprised of some mighty fine, yet oh so simple burgers, wild sides and shakes. Tuesday’s are 2-4-1, every Tuesday. Worth it.

The Great Gatsby

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Doing alright with the Mexican delicacies, here; Shy Boy Cantina resides in The Great Gatsby on Division Street. But it’s not just another Mexican. Shy Boy has fused pan-Asian and Mexican to delicious effect. Kimchi and katsu are prevalent throughout the menu in tacos and topped fries. Laid back food befitting of its environment ideal for lining the stomach .

Blue Moon Café

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For all you veggies and vegans out there, Blue Moon Café is probably going to become a regular acquaintance of yours. With the vibe of a Mediterranean-fused tea room in the backdrop of the cathedral, Blue Moon change their menu daily. Expect soups, quiche, homity pies and a fresh salad bar with cake if you can manage it. It’s all homemade and feels quite artsy. Worth a visit even if you’re of the carnivorous persuasion.


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If you’ve never been to Tamper for coffee, or breakfast, then you’ll definitely know somebody who will tell you that your foolish for not doing so. Working to a cool New Zealand cafe culture, the coffee takes presidency but the kiwi-inspired brunch menu (especially the Eggs Benedict and Mince on Toast) is reason alone to pay it a visit.

Saigon 68

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When plumping for a far-Eastern takeaway, most hit up their favourite Chinese. This little Vietnamese cafe will break you from the mould. The food is traditional, plentiful and, for the quality, pretty damn cheap. Eat in or takeaway, we think you just might fall in love with this place.

Picture House Social

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There can’t be a ‘top eats’ list that doesn’t contain some sort of pizza. Everyone loves pizza but everyone loves pizza and beer that little bit more. Throw in a couple of table tennis tables and Italian street-food nibbles alongside traditional Neapolitan-style bases, and Picture House Social have absolutely got this down.

Lucky Fox

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Thankfully for all, Lucky Fox are getting a new restaurant. Another restaurant on Ecclesall Road to handle the demand for some of the finest fried chicken and waffles this side of the pond. The restaurant itself has the very essence of an American food bar serving up craft beer and the food has that hint of homemade mother’s cooking to it.

Two Steps

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Here’s to Sheffield’s finest chip shop. A good chippy is the linchpin of every city, town and village, and Sheffield is no different. Located on Sharrow Vale Road, there’s no thrills to Two Steps and nothing you wouldn’t expect from a chippy, except from the fact they do it better than the majority. Just ask the queues down the road, they’ll tell you!

Want to know a bit more about what makes Sheffield great? Take a look here! http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk/college-life/sheffield-the-city

6 stars with brilliantly unexpected hobbies

If you look up the definition of ‘hobby’ you’ll get an activity that is done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure. Pleasure being the operative. Something you enjoy; an aside from the stresses and tribulations of working.

This stretches to all. Everyone needs a little downtime. A bit of time for yourself, doing something you really enjoy. Adele, a woman of many talents, recently announced a “new secret hobby” at one of her epic Wembley Stadium gigs. It turns out that the star has been making pom poms – and what’s more, her fluffy accessories are so successful that she’s been selling them on Etsy.

The vision of superstar Adele getting crafty of an evening got the BBC thinking about what other unexpected but awesome pastimes celebrities might be keeping on the down low. Check out these celebrity hobbies who might just inspire you to take up one of our hobby courses!

1. Katy Perry and crochet


Turns out Katy Perry isn’t just “chained to the rhythm,” but she’s totally “hooked” (get it?) on crochet, too.

“I do a bit of crocheting now; I know, I’m the biggest nana on the block,” she revealed, in a 2013 episode of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man.

“I was at Liberty yesterday and they have this big crocheting aisle – everyone else that’s cool was in the designer clothes area and I was just like ‘ooh look at all these yarns, I love it’. I thought maybe it’d be better for my subconscious and my dreaming just to like, do a bit of crocheting before I go to bed.”


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2. Rita Ora and fishing

Call us prejudiced, but when someone says “fishing” we tend to think, less “glamorous pop star” and more…worms and waders. (Those last ones are like giant waterproof dungarees attached to your wellies…kind of amazing really.)

Nevertheless, people have long raved about the meditative magic of a good day’s fishing, and it turns out that Rita Ora is a fan, too.

“‘I fish. It’s a random thing for me to do but I like it,’ she told BBC Breakfast recently. “I mean you just sit there and wait for the fish to take the bait. I just wait and see what happens.”

3. Miley Cyrus and crafting



A few years ago, Miley Cyrus starting revealing she was doing a bit of crafting. And when we say “a bit of crafting,” we mean she seemed to float happily in a technicolour felt, loom band, gem stone and glue gun populated universe for a good long while.

We loved looking at her ravey rainbow creations on social media, and we’re hoping we might just have the right amount of imagination to create the kind of wild and wonderful things she came up with ourselves.

4. Lorde and inorganics

While we were initially left a little flummoxed by Lorde’s secret hobby, we’re now SO here for it.

“I’m boring because my favourite thing to do is trawl the inorganics,” she told the Telegraph back in 2014. Um…sounds impressive. But what does it actually mean? Turns out, she’s talking going through inorganic waste bins…

“It stays on the street for a few days and then it’s collected and put into a landfill somewhere. But people drive around and go through other people’s household rubbish. And honestly, I’ve gotten amazing furniture, shoes, hats, jackets. I did this three weeks ago! Recognised every single time … so embarrassing.”

Environmentally friendly? Check. Ahead of the curve? Check. We’d say Lorde’s fav pastime is most definitely NOT rubbish. Although obviously, we’re not suggesting you spent your weekend stealing things from your neighbours’ dustbins..’

5. Justin Bieber and Rubik’s Cubes

From ice hockey to football to skate boarding, Justin Bieber has a lot of talents and hobbies. But the Canadian star has shown in various interviews that he’s more than just a good singer with great hair – he’s a bit of a secret, Rubiks Cube solving genius.

We can fiddle with the classic “toy” (more like frustration device) for hours without really getting anywhere, but during his Carpool Kareoke segment with James Corden the Biebs solved one in under two minutes flat. Phew!

6. Taylor Swift and snowglobes

Now we all know that Taylor Swift is a thoughtful pal to those in her squad, and that she loves the homier things in life. Her social media feeds are full of home baked items and, well, her cats.

But it turns out that Ms Swift has a peculiar penchant for making cute, glittery snowglobes, and even crafted a big load of them as Christmas presents for all her friends. We hope we find one in our stocking this year…


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For the first time ever, a video game trailer has qualified for an Oscar

As gameplay aligns closer to film than ever before, a video game trailer has qualified for an Oscar for the first time ever. It’s absolutely huge, this. The category? Animation. But how long until gameplay has an Oscar category of its own? Mashable explain further…

Honestly, for me the flip-flopping bears would’ve qualified it for an Oscar alone — but this qualification is a lot more legitimate than just my feelings for animated bears.

Of course, Everything and its 10-minute gameplay trailer (up top) won’t win a Best Picture Academy Award (aside from any kind of La La Land, Golden Globes mix-up joke someone feels inclined to make). It does, however, stand to compete for one in the animated short film category, thanks to its recent win of the jury prize for animation at the Vienna Shorts Festival.

Here’s the jury’s statement on the trailer:

The “Jury Prize – Animation” goes to a film, which beyond being entertaining has a strong poetic and philosophical theme. It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages us to let our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world. The award goes to “Everything,” by David OReilly.

Winning a festival prize is just one of many ways a short film can qualify for Oscar consideration — which simply means it’s eligible for nomination.

O’Reilly, a California-based filmmaker from Ireland, captured simple gameplay footage from Everything, then overlaid it with the voice of Alan Watts — late British philosopher, writer and speaker known for interpreting Eastern philosophy — to create a piece of existential art that not only expands your mind, but is also expanding the tradition of what qualifies for an Academy Award.

This expansion is another micro-erosion of the shorts dominance of Walt Disney, which has historically cleaned up the animated short film category. Now, if Everything gets nominated, we just have to hope a member of the voting committee is a fan of video games.

Everything is a game where you can play as literally everything. Flip-flop around the environment as a bear, or zoom in deep to squish around as a microorganism. It released on March 21 on PS4 and April 21 on PC and Mac.

Interesting, that. What is also interesting is the fact that you can study Games Design and Development right here at The Sheffield College. Bet you didn’t know that! To find out more, please click here!