Autumn is a lively season of the year in the UK. As the days get shorter and the weather turns colder, the trees start to shed their leaves, turning towns and countryside beautiful shades of yellow, auburn and red. There are many things to see and do, including taking part in fun celebrations such as Halloween and the Bonfire Night.
All Hallows’ Eve, which later became known as Halloween, is the day before the All Saints' Day in the Christian calendar. It is widely believed that many Halloween traditions have evolved from an ancient Celtic festival that celebrated the end of the harvest season. The festival has changed over hundreds of years and today it is a major celebration in the UK. It is an opportunity for people of all ages to dress up in fun costumes, called fancy dress, and carve pumpkins. The pumpkins, also called jack-o-lanterns have a candle placed inside so that they can glow – you will see a lot of these at Halloween. Other traditional activities include bonfires, costume parties and trick or treating, where children dress up in spooky costumes and go around the neighbourhood collecting tasty treats.
From small fireworks parties in back gardens to big organised displays in public parks, the 5th of November (or the nearest weekend) is when people across the UK pull on their warm clothes and winter boots and head out to celebrate Bonfire Night.
Huddersfield – which even has its own word for gathering the wood for the bonfire ('chumping') – is no exception. This year several bonfires and fireworks displays are planned across the city. You can be sure that the night sky will light up, the hot drinks will flow and the pie and peas will be plentiful.
So how did it all begin? The Gunpowder Plot, led by Guy Fawkes in 1605 was a plan to blow up King James I and his government. Fawkes and his group concealed 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars under the Houses of Parliament in London, in preparation for a massive explosion.
But the plan was foiled when one member of the group sent a letter warning his friend who worked in Parliament to stay away on the 5thof November. The letter fell into the hands of the King's supporters who found Fawkes and his men waiting in the cellars. Following their arrest, they were tortured and executed.
Today, bonfires are usually lit to burn the 'Guy', a scarecrow-like dummy that represents Fawkes. However, in Scotton, near Harrogate (not too far from Huddersfield), they do things differently. Every year Bonfire Night celebrations are actually held in honour of Guy Fawkes, who lived there for several years. Fawkes was also recognised in the BBC's 100 Greatest Britons poll, conducted in 2002, taking 30th place.
Share your autumn in the UK to win cinema vouchers
3 October 2014
Watching movies is a great way to get used to listening in another language. In many ways, it’s the ultimate mixture of study and leisure. But most of all it’s the perfect way to spend an autumn afternoon or evening.
For a chance to win cinema vouchers worth £50, all you need to do is share your experiences of autumn in the UK with us.
We want to see:
Short videos (under 1 minute)
Limericks, poems or songs
Whatever your preferred method of entry, we just want to see what autumn in the UK means for you.
How to enter:
Send your autumn experience to firstname.lastname@example.org, telling us your name, your study centre or college and a brief description about your entry. For video entries, please send in mov. format via a file transfer such as mailbigfile.com.
The final date for submissions is midnight on Friday 24th October.
Terms & conditions:
The competition is open to Bellerbys, Dublin ISC, University of Sussex ISC, University of Surrey ISC and University of Huddersfield ISC students only.
To enter the competition, you must submit your entry before midnight on 24 October 2014.
The winner will be informed by email and on social media channels on 29 October 2014.
The competition is open to current UK residents only.
All entries must be original. If any form of copyright infringement is identified, the entrant will be disqualified.
Should the prize be unavailable in your area, Study Group will find a suitable alternative for the same value.
By entering the competition you give us permission to use your entry on social media websites and on our blog.
Your first day and induction week at the ISC
17 September 2014
We look forward to welcoming you at the University of Huddersfield ISC next week! Your course and induction will begin on Monday 22 September (for students starting with us in September 2014).
You will need to go to the Central Services Building, Room CS14/03 at the ISC reception at 9.30am. Please see the campus map to see where you need to go.
On your first day please remember to bring your: passport, evidence of your SELT (Secure English Language Test) and visa with you so that we can register you for your course.
During the first week of term you will be introduced to the life in the UK, the university and the ISC. The induction week is designed to help you settle down within the university so that you feel comfortable with your new student life and fully ready to start your studies.
You will receive information about your courses, such as timetables and academic information, and have the opportunities to ask questions. You will also meet your Head of Centre, ISC staff members and your teachers.
During the first week you will also:
- Take part in fun social activities for ISC students.
- Register with the university and receive a student ID and library card.
- Get set up and logged on to the university internet network.
- Get information about the university sports facilities and gym memberships.
- Learn about the programme that you have registered for including information about the degree you will go on to study at the University.
- Learn the rules and regulations of the ISC and the university.
- Find out how to open a bank account and register with the local health services (so that you can see a doctor when you need to).
- Ask questions about accommodation issues.
- Learn about visa applications.
- Register with the UK police, if necessary.
If you haven't done so already, please view or download our pre-arrival factsheet for further information about your first day and week with us.
Information for new students
11 September 2014
The new term starts on 22 September and we look forward to welcoming you at the University of Huddersfield ISC. Our checklist* below will help you plan your journey.
Before you travel to the UK, please make sure you have:
- Informed the Admissions Centre (AC) if you have received your visa
- Informed the AC of your flight arrival details by emailing email@example.com
- Requested a taxi transfer with us, should you require this service, also by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Booked your accommodation and received confirmation of your room allocation
- Made a copy of your passport and other essential documents
- Taken four passport-sized photos to bring with you.
Things to pack in your hand luggage:
- Your passport
- Visa/Home Office letter
- Offer letter
- Accommodation documents
- Your qualification certificates
- A sponsor letter (if you are being sponsored)
- Passport-sized photographs
- Essential toiletries and medications
- Study supplies (these may be less expensive in your country)
- Photographs of your friends and family to help brighten up your new room.
Please remember to call home once you arrive at your accommodation, to inform your parents or agent that you have arrived safely. In case of an emergency you can call the ISC on +44 (0) 7827 806 675.
*Pre-arrival information is only valid for students joining us in September 2014.
International student lands dream job with Rolls-Royce
31 July 2014
International graduate Aftab Afzal’s career is off to a flying start with his new role as an electronic engineer with Rolls-Royce, a world-renowned engineering company.
Aftab, who is originally from Oman, gained a Distinction for his Masters in Electronic Engineering at the University of Huddersfield and now works at the Birmingham branch of Control and Data Services (formerly Aero Engine Controls), part of the Rolls-Royce Group.
He says that the support he received from his tutors and family, especially when he had to take a break from his studies due to a life-threatening illness, is behind his outstanding success. He said: “I thought I was going to be out of education for a year but my family and tutors were there to support me all the way.”
Aftab’s passion for electronics started at an early age – he once fixed his own PlayStation games console. After completing secondary education he researched university courses and found that the engineering degree at Huddersfield is held in high esteem across the world.
Aftab says he had some concerns about finding placements and working as an international student in the UK, but that he knew he had to apply. He said: “With the help of the University's placement scheme, in the third year of my BEng degree I took part in a really successful one year work-placement as an industrial engineer for Northrop Grumman Park Air Systems in Peterborough, where I got hands on experience. This shows just how successful the University is at helping students get into work during and after their studies.”
Dr Violeta Holmes, Aftab’s Master’s degree supervisor, praised his achievements. She said: “Aftab had the determination and courage to succeed which is inspirational. He is a creative and very capable engineer and so this was recognised by Rolls Royce who have offered him employment.”
The University has excellent engineering laboratories featuring the latest equipment and software used by industry. Aftab familiarised himself with electronic CAD software during his course, which he says gave him an advantage. He said: “Because of Rolls-Royce’s confidence in the skills I had obtained from my degree, from day one they have had me working on the important assignments, which is great.”
Aftab is planning to stay in the UK and hopes to pass his positive experiences on to other international students. He said: “If I can do all of this I think anyone can. The support I received was amazing throughout my time here at University. The town is so lovely and friendly as are all the people. I have found my dream job. I couldn't be happier.”
Graduate Talent for International Business launch
10 July 2014
The University of Huddersfield is hosting the launch event of a new Graduate Talent for International Business scheme, where firms looking to expand overseas will gather to discover how graduate talent can aid international business.
The graduate scheme, which was conceived by the University of Huddersfield and is being backed by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI), is designed to show businesses how employing graduates with specialist skills, such as a second language, can help them overcome language barriers, develop business contacts and provide unique insights into cultural differences.
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield, Professor Bob Cryan, said: “These graduates can help businesses that are looking to expand into overseas markets and gain a greater understanding about how business is done around the world.
“The language skills and cultural awareness that they bring to a company can be invaluable when embarking on a new business venture, and this specialist scheme offers a flexible, cost effective way to bring skills and talent to the heart of business.”