This blog was created as part of the Erasmus Mundus Crossways in Cultural Narratives Masters programme, which is the only one of the EU approved and funded Erasmus Mundus Masters programmes to specialise in traditional humanities with a modern languages background. The Crossways Consortium comprises 6 top-class European universities.

For further information, please check the programme's official website and the universities' websites on the Useful Links section on the left. If you wish to have a specific question answered, please click on Email here and submit your query.

Mundus students, here you will find regular posts regarding the universities of the consortium, tips, activities, events, pictures, etc. Apart from checking it regularly to keep yourself up to date, a good way to use the blog is through the search device. We already have a significant amount of information on some universities of the consortium, so if you want to find information on a specific city, type its name in the search field (top left). You will then see all posts related to that specific city (because each post title contains the city's name in it). You can also type "General" in order to find information concerning everybody.

Friday, 27 February 2009

What is the best thing about Sheffield?

Vote using the options above. If you choose Other, please click on "Comments" below and let us know what you like best in Sheffield! You can vote until 10 March.

Coming Soon:- Polls on other cities of the Consortium!

Sheffield: 19th-Century Studies Seminars

Message from Prof Michael Perraudin (Sheffield University)

Centre for 19th-Century Studies


'Hodge, Citizenship and the Franchise, 1872-1885'
MATTHEW ROBERTS (Sheffield Hallam University)
Thursday, March 5, 5.15 p.m.
Room G.03, Jessop West Building, 1 Upper Hanover Street

'The First Romantics: the Agendas and Inheritances of Irish Literature, 1829-1848'
ROY FOSTER (Carroll Professor of Irish History, University of Oxford)
Thursday, May 14, 5.15 p.m.
Room G.03, Jessop West Building, 1 Upper Hanover Street
Seminar in association with the Humanities Research Institute

All are welcome. Wine will be served before & after the seminar.

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Sheffield: Arts-Science Encounters

Message from Prof Rachel Falconer (Sheffield University)

The arts, social sciences and sciences collide in a series of provocative talks beginning in March and continuing through into June.

Arts-Science Encounters 2009 brings together researchers from across the University’s five faculties and recognised external speakers. The topics are range from Chemistry, Fashion Design, Literature and Law, to Music, Neuroscience and Physics. Speakers from more than twenty disciplines will be joined by guest speakers and soloists including Darwin's great-great grand-daughter Ruth Padel, former Lindsay Quartet cellist Bernard Gregor-Smith, and science writers Richard Holmes and Denis Noble.

Whether it is hearing Tony Ryan and fashion designer Helen Storey talk about disappearing dresses, or listening to CERN physicist Dan Tovey on the origin of the universe, there will be an event to make you think and marvel.

The first three events in March are:

12 March – How to be Creative

Celebrate ESRC Social Science week by exploring your creative side at the Showroom Cinema, with tips from Dr Kamal Birdi, from the department of Psychology at the University of Sheffield, Tim Richardson from the University’s department of Physics and Astronomy and Alexander Kelly, Artistic Director for the Third Angel Theatre Company. 

7-9 pm Showroom Cinema.

17 March – What happens when art, fashion and chemistry collide?

A polymer specialist and a fashion designer discuss how they create Wonderlands of eco-fashion, where haut-couture dresses are made to dissolve and disappear. Professor Anthony Ryan (Chemistry, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science), Helen Storey (Research Professor, London College of Fashion).  

5.30 – 7.30pm in the Douglas Knoop Centre of the University’s Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street.

24 March – Music, Bird Song and Brian Science

What do nightingales, Messiaen, and brain scientists have in common? – Professor Lawrence Parsons (Psychology), Professor Tim Birkhead (Animal and Plant Sciences) and Professor Peter Hill (Music).  

5.30 – 7.30pm in the Douglas Knoop Centre of the University’s Humanities Research Institute (HRI), 34 Gell Street.

For further information and more details about upcoming Arts-Science Encounters talks, and to register your interest in an event please visit: www.arts-scienceencounters.co.uk

Sheffield: Getting Ready for Interviews

Message from the Careers Services at Sheffield University


Have you applied for any jobs or work experience?
If so, you’ll be hoping you’ve got interviews coming up.

Don’t leave preparation too late. Come along to this Careers Service talk and learn about successful interview techniques such as:-

* How to prepare
* How to find out more about the employer
* What to say in answer to those tough questions
* The questions that you can ask

This talk is for students in any year who have got interviews for graduate jobs, part-time work and placements. No need to book, just turn up. Get the date in your diary now.

Date - Monday 2nd March
Venue - Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 2
Time - 1.05pm-2.00pm


Do you think you might have to face a psychometric test as part of a selection procedure? Do you want to find out more about your own abilities? Then this talk by the Careers Service is for you. It explains types of ability tests and personality questionnaires used by employers and gives examples from a widely used test. It gives an insight into what candidates can expect and advice on how best to cope.

Please note: This session will not include the opportunity to take an actual test.

Date- Thursday 5th March
Venue - Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 2
Time - 1.05pm-2.00pm

The Careers Service regrets that we are unable to respond to any email enquiries relating to this message. If you have any queries please visit the Careers Service where our staff will be happy to assist you.

Alternatively, visit our website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/careers/

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Sheffield: 4-day Intensive Language Course

Message from the Modern Languages Teaching Centre

Over the Easter holiday the Modern Languages Teaching Centre will be running 4-day Intensive Courses.

Courses will be offered at Beginner and Intermediate levels in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic and Chinese.

You will also find an application form that you can download and send to intensivecourses@sheffield.ac.uk.

Sheffield: Redefining Modern Languages for the 21st Century

Annual Postgraduate Research Training and Development Guest Lecture
SMLC Leeds, in conjunction with the Universities of Durham and Sheffield
Speaker: Professor Mike Kelly (Southampton)
Monday 9 March, 4-5.30 pm
Miall Lecture Theatre, Baines Wing, University of Leeds

Redefining Modern Languages for the 21st Century

Recognising that there are more than 700 reasons for studying languages, this lecture will investigate the relationship between language learning and the content most frequently studied in UK degree programmes. Taking up Bourdieu's distinction between cognitive and temporal aspects of a discipline, it will argue that the social, cultural and linguistic dimensions of modern languages have strong centrifugal tendencies, especially in patterns of research. Conversely, there are strongly centripetal tendencies, especially in teaching programmes. The lecture will examine the role of the UK Subject Centre (LLAS) in promoting stronger links between languages,linguistics and area studies, and between research and teaching in these subject areas.

Professor Kelly is Director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies and Director of the nation-wide Routes into Languages programme, as well as being an internationallly renowned academic and Head of Humanities at Southampton.

If you would like to attend the lecture, please email Rachel Haworth (r.a.haworth00@leeds.ac.uk) to reserve a place, so that we can keep an eye on numbers and room size. Please also let Rachel know if you would like to come to the reception afterwards.

Best wishes,
David Looseley

Sheffield: Summer Experience Fair

From the Carrers Services at Sheffield University

What will you be doing in Summer 2009?

If you're short of cash this summer or you would like to get some work experience or even go travelling, then you need to visit the Summer Experience Fair.

The Summer Experience Fair offers you the chance to meet employers face to face on campus and apply for one of the many positions on offer this summer.

The fair takes place on Wednesday 4th March 2009 between 11.00am and 3.30pm in The Foundry which is based within The University of Sheffield Union of Students. Register online and book your place by visiting www.sheffieldcareersfairs.ac.uk.

Employers will be offering a mix of vacancies including summer placements/internships, expedition experiences and summer vacation work.

Don't hang about this summer - visit the Summer Experience Fair!

Information related to this message is available at http://www.sheffieldcareersfairs.ac.uk.

Sheffield: Developing your Skills

Announcement from the Careers Services at Sheffield University

How are your Communication and Teamworking Skills? Have you got a CV you can be proud of? Are you hoping to have some interviews in the near future?

Our Skills for Success sessions can help you with all of the above - why not Give it a Go?

Upcoming sessions:

Communication & Teamworking Skills for Industry - Monday 2 March 2.00-4.00pm
In this session, Atkins plc will get you thinking about the importance of communicating information to different groups of people, particularly within the team environment – and will demonstrate the effects of getting it wrong.

Cracking CVs -Tuesday 3 March 2.00-4.00pm
Need expert help with your CV? Want practical suggestions on how to review and improve it? Book a place to ensure that your CV doesn’t let you down. (Copy of your CV required)

All about Interviews – Monday 9 March 2.00-4.30pm
Good interview preparation will help you to make a good impression – and hopefully get you the job you want. Make sure you are well prepared for all your interviews

Places are limited - book yours at the Careers Service, 388 Glossop Road (£10 refundable deposit required)

See the full Skills for Success programme online at: 
http://www.shef.ac.uk/careers-whats-on/daily.do or collect a copy of the red Skills for Success leaflet from the Student Jobshop or the Careers Service, or pick up the Give it a Go booklet in the Students' Union - full details inside

Skills for Success is generously supported by PricewaterhouseCoopers