Philosophy International Postgraduate Students Society

The International Postgraduate Students Society is a group of postgraduate students who know what it's like to be a foreigner studying in Sheffield.  Our aim is to provide support and advice on integrating with the larger postgraduate community and making the most of the resources available to you in the department.  We run coffee mornings and other social events to get to know all of you, so keep an eye out for our emails. 

We also offer help with essay writing for students whose first language is not English.  Students read drafts and offer advice on language (and other things).  Remember that we're always happy to listen if you're experiencing any problems, so don't hesitate to get in touch! 

Photograph of Giulia CasiniHi, I'm Giulia. I'm from Trieste, Italy. I'm doing a PhD in Philosophy of Language, working on Counterfactuals. I'm also interested in Ontology, particularly on alternatives to possible worlds, and in Logic, as well as Semantics and Linguistics. I know what it is like to study and live in a different country and I'm happy to share my experience and offer my support

Contact Giulia: GCasini1@sheffield.ac.uk


Photo of Jingbo HuHi, I am Jingbo. I am from Guangzhou, China. I am a PhD student working on human agency. In my thesis, I investigate the nature of action and cope with the empirical challenges confronting free agency. I am also interested in general philosophy of science and meta-philosophy. In my spare time, I like reading books on sinology and playing Guqin (a traditional string instrument in China). I am also keen on talking to people from different cultures.

Contact Jingbo: JHu27@sheffield.ac.uk


Photo of Maria Pietrini SanchezHi, I'm Maria. I'm from Mexico. I'm a second-year PhD student working on Ethics, Political Philosophy, and Feminism, with a particular interest on Feminist Bioethics. I like meeting people from different backgrounds and learn from them. I'm happy to share my experiences as an overseas student and to give my support on what's needed.

Contact Maria: MJPietriniSanchez1@sheffield.ac.uk


Photo of Viktoriia KononovaHi, I am Viktoriia, I come from Northwest Russia. I am a first-year PhD researcher working on interoception, which can be defined as the sense of physiological condition of the body. I hold degrees in Clinical Psychology and Cognitive Studies, and I have broad interests in Philosophy of Psychiatry, Feminist Philosophy, and Philosophy of Sex. I enjoy eating out and travelling around the UK. Together with my friends from the committee I try to help international students feel at home in Sheffield.

Contact Viktoriia: vkononova1@sheffield.ac.uk


Activities offered by the Society

Academic Support (on request only)

Presentation skills workshops: If you have an important presentation coming up and feel the need to rehearse your talk, the members of the committee can organise a workshop where other students will listen to you and provide feedback, as well as advise you on how to handle questions, among other things.

Writing workshops: We can also help you improve your writing skills. During the workshops, international students can exchange drafts and offer each other advice on structure, language, etc.

Orientation/Wellbeing Support

Being an international student is not easy – but please remember that you are not alone. Members of the committee come from different parts of the world, so together we have a lot of experience dealing with a wide range of issues. We can provide support on the following issues:

  • Getting settled in Sheffield;
  • Becoming acquainted with the department and the academic culture in the UK;
  • Homesickness and culture shock.

The main aim of the society is the wellbeing of the international students in the department, so if you ever come across some behaviour (from staff or students) that makes you feel uncomfortable, please let us know. We are here to help you.

Social activities

Welcome Dinner: This is our first get-together of the academic year – and we can proudly say that it is always a huge success. Everybody brings food from their home country, we eat and drink together, share recipes and we start getting to know each other. Please note that it is not a traditional dinner in the sense that we do not sit around a big table – instead, we mingle.

Visit to a Christmas Market: Around Christmas time we visit a Christmas Market in the region. Recently we have been to Leeds Christmas Market and to Kelham Island Christmas Market.

Christmas Dinner: We have a nice meal all together and exchange Christmas wishes.The meal is followed by a trip to the pub.

Trip to the Peak District: Every year during the Spring Semester we organise a trip to the Peak District, one of the most beautiful places in the UK. Please ensure you bring comfortable shoes and sensible clothing, as the weather is very changeable in the Peaks.

Monthly events: On a monthly basis we organise pub nights, meals (brunches, dinners), walks, trips to interesting places around Sheffield. Please do let us know if there is a cool event happening nearby – we are open to your ideas.

Keep an eye out for our emails about the upcoming events!