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The Sheffield Hallam University newsletter Summer 2011



Welcome to the summer 2011 edition of newview which, as usual, you will find packed full of interesting news and developments about our students and staff over the past few months. Our cover feature shows some of the spectacular work created by our architecture students on page 21.




Among the people recently making the news in and around the University were some high profile guests including Burberry fashion house creative officer Christopher Bailey who took the opportunity to meet some of our fashion design students when he visited to accept his honorary degree. Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow also proved a popular guest. Pages 14 and 15 feature some of the amazing designs from the University’s finest jewellery and metalwork experts, who displayed their work at the successful Beneath the Skin exhibition, which is now touring internationally. While we are committed to bringing our readers all the latest news and information about Sheffield Hallam, we think it might be time for a bit of a change and we want your views.


Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow shares his thoughts on engaging the public in politics - page 7

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He said: “Like all universities we have carefully considered our fee, and have set it at a level that will deliver a high quality education and allow us to invest for the future.” The decision was reached having looked at the University’s cost, the savings it would have to make in future and potential investments as students paying a higher tuition fee would expect more for their money.

Here are some highlights in this edition of newview

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg attends Made in Sheffield dinner where University presents Innovation Award - page 5

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The University has proposed a student fee of £8,500 for the 2012-13 academic year, subject to the Office of Fair Access (OFFA) approving its Access Agreement.

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Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative Officer at British luxury brand Burberry, received an honorary doctorate from Sheffield Hallam, which he describes as “an incredible place, with inspiring students and a diverse and individual style”.


How to cut waste by making better use of food leftovers - page 4

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Proposed undergraduate tuition fee announced

Vice-Chancellor Professor Philip Jones said the new fee for undergraduate entrants would compensate for the Government’s 80 per cent cut in the teaching grant and significant cuts in capital funding.

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Burberry chief creator accepts honorary degree

Visiting fine arts professors keen to take University’s exhibition to China - page 15 Architecture students experiment with wood in a huge way at City Campus - page 21 Win tickets to Chatsworth House Country Fair by telling us what you think - page 2 and back page

Christopher Bailey with Sheffield Hallam fashion students

Christopher received his award in front of an invited audience of fashion students and academics, along with representatives from the city’s fashion industry. The award was given in recognition of his services to the fashion industry and his charitable work in the UK. Christopher also toured the University’s facilities and met some of the students before the ceremony. He conducted a brief question and answer session with the students, during which he advised staying focused on what they want to achieve. He said: “The great thing about this university is its diversity. There are people making things from steel, from wood, from stone, from cloth - all in the same place. That is really inspirational.”

“I am extremely honoured to be recognised by the University”

In his role at Burberry, Christopher is responsible for the design of all collections and products, as well as advertising, corporate art direction, architectural design, multi-media content and overall brand image. Born in Yorkshire, Bailey joined Burberry in 2001 from Gucci and Donna Karan and has been credited with transforming the direction of the company. Christopher is dedicated to helping young people to realise their dreams, and in 2008 set up The Burberry Foundation with Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, which helps young people to achieve their goals and potential through the power of their creativity. He said: “I am extremely honoured to be recognised by the University in this way, and I am particularly passionate about supporting the next generation of British design talent.” Professor Philip Jones, Vice-Chancellor said: “Christopher is an internationally successful figure in the industry, with a passion for sharing his talent by educating others.”

Professor Jones said: “We have to be measured in our response, but it is our ambition to improve. We will therefore seek to improve the quality of our teaching; improve the quality of student support, and make investments that will add to our future graduates’ employment prospects. In doing this we have listened and responded to our students.” By 2014/15 Sheffield Hallam will have invested £20 million to support student recruitment, student success and graduate employment. Of this approximately £9 million will be in the form of fee waivers and bursaries. The University is one of the largest providers of placement courses in the country, and will provide a fee waiver for the placement year on all its sandwich courses. Prof Jones is convinced that £8,500 is the right fee. “We believe that we can meet the additional costs of improving the student experience as well as covering the widening participation costs needed to replace the Aim Higher programme that the Government is no longer funding. It also seems a fair balance between the funds we need to improve the student experience and what our potential students might expect to pay to benefit from it.” 3

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Free food has more taste and less waste By Joe Field

More than 1,000 people were treated to a feast of fantastic free food as they gathered at City Campus for a Love Food Hate Waste event.

An innovative return for Made in Sheffield awards By Laurie Harvey

Regional manufacturing firm AESSEAL has been recognised as a business with ‘innovation running throughout the company’ at the first Made in Sheffield awards for several years. Chris Rea, group managing director of AESSEAL, picked up the Innovation Award at the event, which was sponsored by the University and attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. “It can be difficult when you first come to university if you don’t know how to cook, and it’s easy to leave things in the back of the fridge and then just throw it away without thinking. The demonstrations today hopefully show people that they can use those ingredients to make a really tasty, nutritious dish.” Food re-distribution charity Food Aware also its support, collecting and donating surplus food from the local area for the event. Masterchef and Sheffield Business School senior lecturer Norman Dinsdale and celebrity chef Richard Fox, with their Mexican pizza made from leftovers.

Passers-by in Hallam Square were treated to vegetable curry and rice, sausage and bacon pasta, and a delicious poached fruit and sweet bread dessert - all made from recipes designed to make use of a typical household’s leftovers. The event was organised in partnership between Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield City Council and the regional Love Food Hate Waste project to highlight the amount of food people waste every year - enough to make 1,000 meals. As well as the outdoor kitchen in Hallam Square, there were handy cookery demonstrations by Masterchef and Sheffield Business School senior lecturer Norman Dinsdale, with celebrity chef Richard Fox. The duo prepared a quick and easy Mexican pizza from old tortillas, salsa and cheese, and a hearty soup using leftover salad ingredients. Norman said: “Waste is an important factor in minimising costs and businesses can also benefit from looking at ways of reducing it. As the effects of the economic downturn become clearer, waste reduction should become more of a priority for everyone.”


Student volunteers from Sheffield Business School helped to cook and serve up a delicious menu using food that would have otherwise been binned.

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Hospitality and business management student Judith Clarke, 19, helped with the food preparation. She said: “We do a lot of stuff about waste in our lectures - how to trim food properly and minimise waste as much as possible, how to use the trimmings to make additional dishes.

The average family throws away around £600 worth of food every year. Visit to find out how you can save up to £50 per month and see how much further you can make food go. For more information on recycling in Sheffield phone 0114 2734567 or visit

Chewing over the facts about healthy eating Growing your own, eating healthily in pregnancy and making easy meals from scratch was among the expert advice on offer at Sheffield Hallam’s annual Nutrition Fair held at Hallam Union. Nutrition students organised the fair to help local food fans make sensible decisions about nutrition and lifestyle. Jenny Paxman, senior lecturer and nutritionist, said: “The Nutrition Fair is a great way for people to make sense of all the advice that’s out there on diet and health, as well as explore new ways of eating healthily. Plus there’s plenty of food for the whole family to try! “Whether you want to grow your own vegetables but don’t know where to start or you have specific dietary issues you want to find out more about, the event always has something for everyone.” The fair offered tasting opportunities, interactive activities and information about diet, food, health and lifestyle. This year it was sponsored by Asda. Jenny said: “Raising awareness of the importance of healthy eating is absolutely crucial if we are to tackle the rise in obesity or the illnesses associated with it.”

Sheffield Hallam has been involved with the awards since their inception, and this year three of the University’s graduates worked with lecturer and metalworker Chris Knight, to design and manufacture the Made in Sheffield Trophy. The awards recognise the achievements of businesses and individuals that have done the most to embody South Yorkshire’s tradition for craftsmanship and bolster its international reputation. Compèred by journalist and BBC Today programme presenter Justin Webb, the event at the city’s Cutler’s Hall rewarded the stand-out achievers working in the manufacturing sector. AESSEAL received the Innovation award for being a business where ‘innovation ran throughout the company’, and was being exported across the world. EMSc UK and Arnold Wragg were also nominated. The University has worked with AESSEAL in the past and Chris Rea received an honorary degree in 2009.

Vice Chancellor Professor Philip Jones with the Innovation award winners AESSEAL

“The hopes of the whole country are genuinely on what you can achieve.”

Sheffield Hallam MP and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “The hopes of the whole country are genuinely on what you can achieve.” Chris Rea said: “I absolutely adore my involvement with the innovation process. Useful inventions are good for our morale, good for our customers and an essential ingredient for a sustainable business”. John Palmer, director of communications and public affairs at Sheffield Hallam said: “We were involved in establishing the Made In Sheffield Awards and are proud to play a part in its successful revival. As a university with an enviable record in enterprise and manufacturing, we were proud to sponsor the innovation award and delighted to see it awarded to Chris Rea, one of our own honorary doctorates.”

The Made In Sheffield innovation trophy commissioned for the awards was designed and produced by three former Sheffield Hallam students, who were mentored by one of the country’s most acclaimed designers, senior lecturer Chris Knight. The trophy was designed by Sheffield Hallam industrial design graduate Tom Fripp who now runs Fripp Design and Research, based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park Technology Centre in Sheffield.

He was supported by fellow graduates Neil Frewer and Lewis Green. Tom, 28, from Crookes, said: “We were determined to make the design of this trophy a Sheffield creation from start to finish.The technical knowhow, together with the facilities and resources we used, were pure Sheffield. “We wanted to make sure steel, which is so associated with the city, formed the centerpiece of the design.To make sure the production process was innovative the design utilised tubular laser cutting, a relatively new technique and to help

Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg spoke at the awards.

we enlisted the only tubular laser cutting company in the region who are based in Sheffield.” Trophy mentor Chris Knight was recently made a Guardian of Sheffield Assay Office and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts after winning the Museums Sheffield Award, a £10,000 design prize sponsored by Sheffield Forgemasters celebrating the very best in contemporary metalworking. The winning piece, the Lest We Forget Chalice, is part of Sheffield’s renowned Metalwork Collection, one of the most important collections of decorative and domestic metalwork in the UK.


Sheffield Bespoke bike design Hallam tops geared for success international rankings

An industrial designer from Sheffield has won an international award for his unique sustainable folding bicycle design.

The University has been rated number one in the world for its virtual learning environment, and in the top three worldwide for student satisfaction with its support services and learning services. The University was also rated first in the UK for satisfaction with dealing with finances and accounts for international students when they arrive in the UK, along with the quality of its laboratories and virtual learning environment. Sheffield Hallam was also in the top three in the UK for eight other measures, including satisfaction with international student support and both online and physical library facilities. The results were published in the International Student Barometer (ISB) administered by International Graduate Insight Group, which tracked the opinions of international students at 203 institutions worldwide, including 59 UK universities. The survey is carried out twice a year and looks at student satisfaction with arrival, learning and living experience, and student support. Head of international academic development at Sheffield Hallam, Fiona Drew, said: “We are delighted that our international students have rated us so highly. We work hard to welcome them to both the University and to the city and to support them throughout their studies. In return, our international students add to the vibrancy and diversity of our institution and add to the overall experience for all our students.” This is the sixth year that Sheffield Hallam has taken part in the ISB. During the autumn 2010 wave of the research 511 international students responded, including 141 undergraduates and 236 postgraduates. Among the other UK universities taking part in the ISB are De Montfort, Huddersfield, Leeds Met, University of Sheffield, Teesside, Northumbria and Nottingham Trent. For more information on the International Student Barometer visit 6

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The Ultimate Urban Utility (U3) bike is a large wheeled, folding bicycle that can handle different types of terrain better than other folding bikes. It was designed by Heath Reed, principle industrial designer in the University’s Design Futures research group, who received an excellence award in the International Bicycle Design Awards in Taiwan for his unique idea. His bike design (pictured right) came joint fourth out of 863 entries in the global competition, organised by the Cycling and Health Technology Center, held in the Taiwan capital, Taipei. Heath said: “I set myself the challenge of designing a tough, rugged, large-wheeled folding bike, with all the benefits and accessibility of a normal bicycle, while being quick and easy to fold, to a compact size. “The design process led to a new solution to an already heavily explored issue - that of having large wheels on a folding bicycle.

Speaker swaps Commons for campus By Tess Humphrys

The Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, outlined his vision for improving the public perception of Parliament during a visit to the University.

“We have to prove our worth and that means travelling beyond Westminster in search of the real Britain.”

Speaking to a packed Pennine Theatre, before taking audience questions on a range of topics, the Speaker discussed how Parliament could engage the public more in its work. Describing Sheffield Hallam as ‘a relatively new institution with a strikingly high reputation’, he said the House of Commons ‘has much to learn from institutions such as this university’ on how to attract people to come to it. He said: “For too long the House of Commons believed that it was the only democratic show in town. It is not. We have to prove our worth and that means travelling beyond Westminster in search of the real Britain.” During his visit to City campus, the Speaker also took part in a question and answer session with politics students and local A-level students. The special workshop was arranged as part of Development and Society’s school and college engagement strategy, which involves students from a range of local schools under the Associate School and College Partnership. He answered questions on a range of issues and said: “Young people aren’t apathetic about politics but they’re turned off by the formal structures of politics. We’ve got to offer them the encouragement and support to get involved.”

“The modular design means that the bike is cheap and can be easily repaired and upgraded, which gives the product a long lifespan.” The prize was presented by the Chairman of the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters Association.

British volleyball team net some free training The GB Women’s Volleyball team took advantage of an intensive two-week training programme with Sheffield Hallam’s sports science experts ahead of a major international tournament. The University’ Podium Performance team agreed to deliver the training for free to help the women prepare for the tournament in South America. Sport science officer Dave Hembrough designed a special programme based on their needs – one of which was to gel after a season spent apart playing in different leagues in Spain, France, Belgium and Germany. Dave said: “We’ve worked with professional volleyball players in the past and we’ve got the expertise and facilities they need, so it was an obvious move for the GB team to come here. They’ve been working hard on their fitness, speed and strength, along with developing their jumping and landing mechanics.” Team captain Lynne Beattie said: “We’ve been working hard at getting fitter and stronger for the summer ahead of us. Dave and his team really know their stuff and it’s been great working with them.” The team headed to South America to play Peru, Puerto Rico and Thailand in the Latina Cup followed by a four-day series against Argentina. Podium Performance will continue to work with the women’s volleyball team in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

Student’s eye-catching design shines bright By Tess Humphrys

A product design student is lighting up the world of design after being nominated for an industry award. Third year Edward Holt has been nominated for the Lighting Association’s Student Lighting Design Awards, beating more than 200 other entrants. Having entered a design concept, Edward now faces the challenge of producing a working prototype for the awards finals in July. The design must use energy efficient technologies. Participants are challenged to develop new lighting products and are judged by some of the lighting industry’s most respected names. Edward, 21, originally from Rochdale, said: “I wanted my design to be minimal in style

and I used aluminium to create a sleek look. “I enjoyed the process of coming up with such an unusual design, thinking about how the light would reflect onto the wall. Lighting design is something I would perhaps like to pursue when I graduate this summer. “I’m really pleased to have been nominated for this award, it’s a great way to round off my university career.” Peter Hunt, the Lighting Association’s Chief Executive, said: “For more than 20 years the Lighting Association’s Student Lighting Design Awards have not only championed the designers of the future but provided an opportunity to bring academia and the lighting industry together to forge future relationships.”


New Dean for Sheffield Business School The University has appointed Professor Adrian Hopgood as Pro ViceChancellor Dean of Sheffield Business School.

Student design wins major bridal fashion award

Dissolvable wedding dress in spotlight again

By Tess Humphrys

Professor Hopgood will join Sheffield Hallam on 1 September from De Montfort University where he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Technology and also has responsibility for international strategy. He joined De Montfort in 2007, having previously worked for Nottingham Trent University and the Open University. His industrial experience includes work with Telstra Research Laboratories in Melbourne, Australia and Systems Designers plc. Professor Hopgood was born in Hampshire and has a BSc in Physics from the University of Bristol, a PhD from the University of Oxford, and an MBA and a Diploma in French from the Open University. His research interests are in intelligent computer systems and their practical applications. He has published 100 research papers and his text book “Intelligent Systems for Engineers & Scientists” is ranked as a bestseller by its publisher, Taylor and Francis. He is a visiting professor at the Open University and external examiner for the University of Liverpool’s online master’s courses in computing. Professor Hopgood said: “I am delighted to be joining Sheffield Business School at such a key stage in its development and look forward to building on the excellent work that has not only embedded the Business School regionally but also placed it on the national and international stage.” Professor Hopgood’s appointment follows the retirement in May of Professor Christine Booth.

Fundraising challenge marks retirement of Faculty PVC Staff and students at the Sheffield Business School (SBS) staged a four-day charity extravaganza to raise money for local good causes and to celebrate the retirement of Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Christine Booth. The SBS Charity Challenge kicked off with a sponsored abseil down the side of the Owen Building, guided by the RAF. The programme of events was officially opened by WBO intercontinental champion Kell Brook and also included a massive cookie sale, Tash Tuesday, where colleagues wore moustaches to work, break-dancing in Fargate and a performance by the Sheffield Hallam Band. During the week Professor Booth also delivered her valedictory lecture Leadership in the Development of a New Organisation. A six-mile sponsored walk, a nightclub party and auction of cookware also helped raise £1500 so far for local charities Sheffield Mencap, Gateway and Weston Park Hospital. Professor Booth said: “I wanted to do something which would bring the Business School’s staff and students together, to have fun and raise money for two charities which are close to my heart. I would like to thank all staff who supported the challenge, either through donating money, participating or cheering colleagues on. Staff showed the usual dedication, innovation, commitment, enthusiasm and creativity to the week which has made being the PVC of SBS such a pleasure.” 8

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Academic appointed to governing body Head of Architecture and Planning Norman Weinand has been elected Vice President Education at the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Norman will continue teaching at the University, while guiding the educational strategies of the governing body in a voluntary position until November 2013. Norman, who spent 15 years in architectural practice before joining Sheffield Hallam, said: “I believe that as a professional organisation, the CIAT is now ideally placed to assume its due place at the core of the construction industry, as long as we maintain the development of our membership and work to break down some of the continuing misconceptions. “This includes the support of higher education establishments offering CIAT Accredited Honours degrees and approved courses such as foundation degrees and HNC/Ds and the real encouragement to further develop the academic discipline of architectural technology.”

The student-designed dissolvable wedding dress, that caused a world-wide stir when it went on display last year, has enjoyed more time in the spotlight as it toured around the UK. A student who made a wedding dress inspired by the dramatic demise of the Russian royal family has won a major bridal design award. Third-year fashion student Kate Harrod, 22, won Best Student Designer at this year’s Bridal Buyers Awards for her red leather and black paper silk creation. Kate (pictured below), from Ecclesfield in Sheffield, spent time researching the history of the Russian royal family and military and was inspired by their dramatic demise. She based her design on royal wedding dresses of the time. She said: “It’s amazing to have won this award and to have received praise from some of the top people in the bridal industry. It’s a fantastic achievement for me in my graduating year and will definitely benefit me in my future career as a fashion designer. “It was such a thrill to see my dress being modelled on a catwalk during the awards. I work at a theatre in my spare time and I

love theatrical costumes, which were an inspiration to me with this creation.” Two other third-year students, Rachel Holliday and Sarah Naylor-Smith, also fought off stiff competition from hundreds of other would-be designers to be shortlisted for the award. No other university received more nominations for the award. Christopher Bailey, chief creative officer at luxury British brand Burberry, took time to meet Kate and see her creation when he visited Sheffield Hallam to collect an Honorary Degree in March. All three dresses were displayed at the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate before returning to Sheffield, where they will be part of the University’s Creative Spark exhibition in June.

“It’s a fantastic achievement for me in my graduating year and will definitely benefit me in my future career as a fashion designer.”

The dress went on display at the Home Office in central London as part of the recent Climate Week 2011, before returning to Sheffield to go on show at the Home Office Vulcan House. The dress, the result of an unlikely, but happy, marriage between fashion and engineering students, can be dissolved after use to transform it into a number of new fashion pieces, all of which also went on display. As each layer of the dress is dissolved it reveals the next piece, while the last layer is intended to be kept as a memento of the wedding. The dress represents a union between art and science and explores the possibilities of using alternative materials for our clothing to reduce the fashion industry’s environmental impact. The layers are made of polyvinyl alcohol, an environmentallyfriendly polymer that dissolves when it comes into contact with water. Climate Week, which took place in March, helped highlight the many positive steps already being taken in workplaces and communities across Britain to combat climate change. The University and the Home Office joined forces to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability with a focus on eco-fashion. Professor Chris Rust, Director of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) at Sheffield Hallam, said: “It’s been fantastic that the dress has been back on display in such high-profile venues, firstly in London, during Budget Week, and then again in Sheffield.”


‘Lucky’ break for snookerloving graduate Graduate Lucky Vatnani will soon be at the forefront of a new era for snooker in India. Lucky, who received a Master of Business Administration from the Sheffield Business School in 2008 and is now turning professional in snooker, is one of two Indian players selected for the World Snooker Tour - for the first time in 20 years. India is holding its first-ever World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) ranking event in February 2012, and has been awarded two wild cards in order to encourage the growth of the sport in the country.

Dr Volker Sittenger (left) and Dr Arutiun Ehiasarian

Solar cell research seals Anglo-German power partnership By Laurie Harvey

Scientists have strengthened their relationship with one of the world’s most respected research organisations in a new collaborative project looking at new ways to improve the efficiency of solar cells. The Joint HIPIMS Technology Centre, launched by Sheffield Hallam and German firm Fraunhofer IST last July, is conducting research into how to reduce the manufacturing costs of solar cells by reducing consumption of expensive raw metals and energy by depositing photovoltaic layers at lower temperatures. Dr Volker Sittinger, from Fraunhofer IST spent a week working in the city to investigate how the unique Sheffield Hallam technology can help optimise the coating structure for solar cells. Professor Arutiun Ehiasarian, founder of HIPIMS Technology Centre, said: “The technology can produce an absorber layer which is better at converting light into electrical charges and result in solar cells with much higher efficiency. This system is unique and the beginning of a new technology which will produce higher efficiency solar cells using fewer raw materials, less energy and at a lower cost. It has been great to welcome Volker to Sheffield Hallam to strengthen the relationship we have developed over the past year.” Professor Mike Smith, Pro-Vice Chancellor for research and development said: “Our HIPIMS centre is spearheading the University’s reputation for collaborative international research. Volker’s visit is an important milestone on our journey to develop innovative new methods of improving the efficiency of renewable energy sources and to contribute to the battle against global warming.”

On the tour, which comprises of 21 tournaments taking place across the globe, Lucky will compete among the top ranked snooker players. Lucky said: “I am really excited to be part of this tour. Having players competing at this level for the first time in 20 years is a big moment for Indian snooker. “My target is to break into the top 64 players worldwide, which will help me secure a place for next season. This is going to be tough but achievable with the right approach. “ Lucky will be based at The Star Snooker Academy in Sheffield, one of the best facilities in the UK for top snooker professionals. Lucky added: “I love Sheffield as a city and what it does for snooker. This is why I have been coming here all these years and why I am pleased to be based here during the tour.”

New technology in pipeline to make big savings Researchers are applying laser-driven technology to off-shore oil pipelines in a green project that has the potential to save thousands of pounds. A team of engineering experts at Sheffield Hallam’s Materials and engineering Research Institute (MERI) is researching a new way of producing Alloy 625, a high-strength material used in the flanges of pipelines to stop them corroding. The team is using laser deposition technology to produce the hard-hitting alloy. They say that it is reducing material costs by up to 85 per cent and also cuts down on the amount of nickel used - resulting in a more environmentally-friendly production process. The team hopes to produce samples and prototypes that could be used in the offshore oil and gas industry. Professor Alan Smith and Dr David Clegg, together with knowledge transfer associate Chunjun Li, are working with Rotherham-based Evenort on the project. Professor Smith said: “We are developing an Alloy 625 process which will give the necessary corrosion resistance but at greatly reduced manufacturing cost. By using laser deposition technology, we can clad the flanges with a suitably thick corrosion resistant layer but given the complex shape of these products this is not a straight forward process. “It also has an environmental benefit because far fewer precious metals are required in the manufacturing process.”


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Exhibition focused on unwanted gifts By Joe Field

Have you ever received a gift that you didn’t like but couldn’t bring yourself to get rid of? How did you decide where to keep it, and for how long? A recent exhibition at Sheffield Hallam gave people the chance to share the dilemmas created by their unwanted gifts. The Campaign for Objects in Purgatory exhibition asked visitors to tell the story of their own ‘object in purgatory’, through photos, sketches and written submissions, all of which were anonymous. The exhibition at the Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery in late spring, was organised by Julia Keyte, senior lecturer in metalwork and jewellery. Julia said: “We built a collection of images and stories about real people’s ‘objects in purgatory’, to explore the scenarios surrounding them and the dilemmas we face when contemplating throwing something away. “The project aimed to shed some light on our emotional attachment to possessions, even when we don’t like them, and the way we shape our identities through our homes and living spaces. “Objects in purgatory are especially interesting in this context, as they don’t comfortably fit into our carefully constructed systems of possessions. The presence of an ‘object in purgatory’ in the home is a reminder of our own indecision.” Each contributing visitor was given a handmade brooch, made from embossed paper, ink and wax, featuring a photo of an ‘object in purgatory’ submitted by another contributor.

Vietnamese visitors get a taste of Sheffield region Leading business figures from Vietnam have gone back to the classroom to learn about the Sheffield city region as part of a visit organised by the University. The delegation also spent time meeting the city’s VIPs, including a visit to the mayoral chamber of The Right Worshipful the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Alan Law. The group were part of the MOP 165 scheme which encourages Vietnamese business people to travel overseas for a series of educational sessions and visits organised by Sheffield Business School. The 15 visitors, who included Nguyễn Tuấn Phong, chairman of Beer Alcohol Beverage in Hanoi, Dương Trí Thành, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines, and Lê Phú Hưng, Vice President of Vietnam Steel Corporation, also visited Chatsworth House and Gripple during their stay. Jayne Stocks, principal lecturer at Sheffield Business School and international development manager for Vietnam, said: “This has been a rewarding visit and it is clear from the feedback that our guests truly benefitted from their itinerary. By combining classroombased activities with visits to Sheffield City Hall and Gripple, we have showcased the very best of the city and given our guests an excellent introduction to Sheffield.”

Lottery funding to boost student sports activity A national project to get more young people involved in sport has awarded Sheffield Hallam over a quarter of a million pounds to include even more sports in its programme. Sport England has allocated £273,734 of National Lottery funding from its £10 million Active Universities programme to get more students playing sport, as part of the mass participation legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Dan Porter, head of sport services said: “The funding from Sport England will help us provide even more opportunities for students to get into a range of sports, some of which they might never have considered before. Hopefully it will also lead to continued participation in sport beyond their university life.” The funding bid was put together by a partnership between the University, Hallam Union and local providers, who have provided additional facilities for sport activities to take place. Dan said: “The funding will enhance both our student experience and our overall sport provision. This is also helped through our current agreement with the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, which enables us to access their excellent facilities.” A recent survey found that 44 per cent of students are doing less sport than before they came to Sheffield Hallam but 77 per cent wanted to do more than they are now. 11

‘Outstanding’ award for top science communicator A former Tomorrow’s World presenter from Yorkshire who has spearheaded a project to promote careers in science and engineering has received a Women of Outstanding Achievement Award.

Improved position in league tables Sheffield Hallam was the only university in the region to improve its ranking for teaching excellence, according to the latest league table of UK universities published last month.

Kate Bellingham, the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) careers co-ordinator at Sheffield Hallam’s Centre for Science Education, received the award at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London in recognition of her work to drive the science and engineering agenda in schools across South Yorkshire and nationwide.

The Guardian University Guide 2012 ranks universities according to their teaching quality and covers courses at UK universities for students starting in 2012.

Pat Morton, director of Sheffield Hallam’s Women in Science Engineering and Technology (WiSET) team, said: “Kate was appointed in 2009 as our ambassador for STEM careers – and she has done a brilliant job in raising the profile of STEM subjects and careers across the country and spread the message of gender equality in science subjects more widely. One of her key contributions has been in encouraging more employers to engage with schools.”

Professor Philip Martin, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience, Learning and Teaching said: “We’re delighted that our ranking in this national league table has improved, especially at a time when universities are under increasing scrutiny.

Kate first became familiar on TV 20 years ago as a presenter on science innovation programme Tomorrow’s World and was most recently seen reporting for the BBC’s acclaimed series Museum of Life.

Sheffield Hallam has moved up six places, going from 71st last year to 65th this year - the only university in the region to see an overall improvement in its position.

Kate (left) receives her award.

Kate said: “I am truly surprised and delighted to have been presented with this award. I have been so lucky throughout my career to have had a number of opportunities to explore a variety of avenues, each one equally fascinating for different reasons. It is a privilege to be able to impart some of what I have learnt to others and perhaps to de-mystify the world of science, engineering and technology just a little.”

“We are proud of our first-rate teaching across a wide range of disciplines and look forward to continuing to offer high quality teaching and learning to current and future students.” Sheffield Hallam’s Sports Science courses saw a particularly strong improvement, moving from 23rd last year to 11th out of 67 institutions nationally.

Firefighting project could lead to robotic ‘guide dogs’ A new project which brings humans and robots together could help firefighters tackle visibility problems and eventually provide a robotic alternative to guide dogs for visually-impaired people. The University’s robotics experts are developing robotic reins, based on the relationship between horse and rider, to enable humans to feel the robot’s movements and signals. The REINS project, funded by a £430,000 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council grant, will aim to develop a semi-autonomous mobile robot with sensory capabilities that can be shared with humans. Dr Jacques Penders, head of the Centre for Automation and Robotics Research, said: “Humans naturally interact with animals using tactile feedback in scenarios such as working with guide dogs and horse riding.


“The REINS project aims to extend this practice to human and robot interaction. This is exciting because if we succeed we will be taking the next step towards applying robots to everyday human purposes.

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“Our project team will feature experts in design, engineering, robotics and communication to design a communicational interface that will allow for the on-the-spot-exercise of human judgement and creativity.” South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will assist in the project as it is tested in low visibility conditions. Jacques added: “Direct human robot interaction is still in its infancy. However, it is essential that robots are introduced into daily human life. Currently, robots do not sufficiently enhance human confidence but we believe that this project has the scope to test this belief and enable the human to feel the robot’s movements and behaviour.” A spokesperson for SYFR said: “Being involved in these projects has made our officers better aware of available and upcoming technologies and directly helps us when evaluating new technology.”

REINS follows two robotic projects carried out by the centre, Guardians and Viewfinders, which could revolutionise the way firefighters work. Funded by the European Union, the Guardians are a ‘swarm’ of autonomous robots that can navigate and search urban areas like warehouses and factories. The robots carry laser-range, radio-signal and ultrasound sensors. They can be used to assist search and rescue during large scale incidents, for example warehouse fires and chemical spills. The Guardian robots navigate autonomously and accompany a human firefighter while Viewfinders autonomously navigate through and inspect an area but human operators can monitor their operations as well as control their movements if needed.

SHU Fest success Around a thousand staff and students came together to celebrate the University’s culture, talent and diversity during SHU Fest organised by the International Student Support Team.

Above left: Festival participants savour one of the dishes prepared at the Chinese cooking demonstration given by Amy Zhang and Vera Pan Above middle: Learning to knit during SHU Fest 2011 Above: Karthik Subramany performing Indian classical music Below: Hallam Sport Employee Nathan Brumley performing at the HUBS

The week-long festival included international film screenings, craft activities, sports events, club nights, cooking demonstrations and live performances of music and dance across both campuses. The aim of the festival was to create a sense of belonging for everyone and to showcase the diverse talents of people studying or working at the University. During the week there were various performances from staff and students who volunteered to organise events as part of the Festival. Among those who took part were the The Arundel Writers, a group of academics in Education, Childhood and Inclusion who wrote about the joys and frustrations of working at Sheffield Hallam and the staff perspectives on the student experience. As a result of a well-attended public reading at SHU Fest, the group is now welcoming new members. Many international students also took part. A performance by the student Bollywood dance group Nakshatra showed off all the glitz and glamour of Indian dancing to a large crowd, and Karthik Subramany, a student from Bangalore and a talented violinist trained in the art of Indian classical music also performed. The winners of a short film competition were first year media students Joe Berry and Charlie Frakes with Look Up, a piece encouraging us to appreciate Sheffield’s architecture. The film is available to see online Photos by Sabine Dundure, a BSc Photography student from Latvia

Exhibition recreates 1950s feel The University recently hosted an exhibition of some of the art and design work that was central to promoting the 1951 Festival of Britain. The exhibition in the Adsetts Learning Centre on City Campus marked the 60 years since the festival took place and featured some of the literature and fashion of the 1950s among the 350 or so items of memorabilia. Visitors were treated to a series of talks and presentations by film, history and art experts at Sheffield Hallam, along with special screenings of films from the British Film Industry’s archive. The 1951 Festival of Britain was a nationwide event marking the centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition by showcasing British contributions to world civilisation in the arts, architecture, science, technology and industrial design. Referred to as ‘a tonic to the nation’ by organiser Gerald Barry, the Festival aimed to promote a feeling of recovery and atmosphere of progress, along with better-quality design in the rebuilding of British towns and cities following World War 2. Images show various branded souvenirs from the 1951 festival - a paper doll, an ashtray, a pair of knickers and a bag.


Bright sparks get creative with graffiti inspired jewellery School and college students have been invited to design their own unique piece of jewellery, inspired by graffiti or street art, to be produced by metalwork and jewellery experts at Sheffield Hallam and exhibited in the University’s annual design show. The Project Spark design competition is part of the University’s Creative Spark exhibition, the end of year degree show taking place in June.

(Left to right) Prof Gang Ma, Professor of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Mr Qin Du, PhD research student and assistant teacher at School of Design, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, viewing Chris Knight’s award-winning Chalice design.

City’s industrial links galvanised by visit

Exhibition gets under the skin of creative metalwork

Visitors from Guangdong Industrial Design City and China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) attended the exhibition as part of an academic and cultural exchange project.

Organiser Kate Jackson, schools and colleges liaison manager at Sheffield Hallam, said: “We hope the competition will inspire young people to come up with some really innovative and creative designs that can be showcased to the whole city. It’s really simple to enter. All students need to do is create an A3 sized drawing and a short paragraph describing the design.” The three shortlisted entrants will be invited to the opening night of Creative Spark on June 10 and be presented with trophies by Ashley Carson the Sheffield Assay Master.

Beneath the Skin is an exhibition which brought together some of the most renowned artists and academics specialising in metalwork and jewellery to offer the visiting public a glimpse of the research, ideas, materials and processes that shape their work.

They were so impressed with what they saw that they are considering hosting it in China to share with their colleagues and peers.

Exhibitors at the recent show held in the University’s Furnival Gallery, included Jessica Turrell, whose enamelled jewels which use vitreous enamels in an innovative way are described by the exhibition’s curator as ‘among the most beautiful objects I have ever handled’.

Football broadcast success for media students

Visitors to the exhibition which ran from mid-March to mid-April had the opportunity to see the stunning silver and stainless steel Chalice by lecturer Chris Knight, which recently won the National Metalwork Award. It was shown next to a series of test pieces, computer-aided design drawings and photographs of the work in progress allowing the audience to discover the complexity of work involved in creating such an object.

A Sheffield Hallam project that gives undergraduates the essential skills they need to succeed in business has moved into the sports arena – by helping to organise an edition of a popular football radio show.

Beneath the Skin brought together for the first time a group of artists who trained within the traditions of Metalwork and Jewellery but who now work in a multi-disciplinary way. Exhibition curator and reader in metalwork and jewellery at Sheffield Hallam, Maria Hanson, said: ‘The exhibition visualised and articulated the research and development work that underpins these beautiful and distinctive pieces; allowing the audience to go on a journey of discovery. The exhibition allows for an intimacy between the artist and their audience by essentially telling the story behind the creative process.” This exhibition was part of the annual Galvanise Sheffield festival which showcases the creative metalwork industry in Sheffield and beyond. Beneath the Skin is now touring internationally after opening in Sheffield.


A group of art and design experts from China were so impressed by their experiences at the Beneath the Skin exhibition that they intend to take it home with them.

The winning design by students in Years 10 to 13 will be created by specialists in the University’s state-of-the-art metalwork and jewellery studios.

Other participants in the show include Sheffield Hallam’s Dr Coilin O’Dubhghaill, Laura Potter from the Royal College of Art, Professor Jivan Astfalck and Professor Jack Cunningham from Birmingham City University, and Elizabeth Callinicos and Andreas Fabian from Buckinghamshire New University.

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Professor Paul Chamberlain said: “We have been collaborating with CAFA for some time on a number of projects and were delighted to welcome them as VIP guests to Sheffield. We hope to take Beneath the Skin to China, and would also welcome the opportunity to bring Chinese projects back to Sheffield for exhibiting.”

A group of 20 Venture Matrix students on courses including journalism, media, public relations and communications, worked with BBC Radio Sheffield to organise, promote and deliver a live radio show as part of the popular Football Heaven series. The event, entitled The State of Football in Sheffield, at the University’s Pennine Theatre, went live in front of an audience of more than 200 people, and was also hosted on the BBC iPlayer service. And the team had the chance to deliver some breaking news – as the sacking of Sheffield United manager Micky Adams was confirmed on air.

Venture Matrix project manager Charmaine Myers said: “By working on a large live project, in multi-disciplinary teams, the students gained valuable skills for their future employment, including team work, negotiating, risk taking, communication, project management, and that all important can-do attitude. The chance to work with BBC Radio Sheffield will be a valuable contribution to their CVs for many years to come.”

The finalists will also visit the metalwork and jewellery workshops to watch the winning item being cast. This will then be given to the winning designer, and a replica will be displayed at the Creative Spark exhibition.

these sentiments were echoed by those who attended. “The students should all feel very proud of the role that they played on the night, without you we would have not been able to put it on.”

Student Hannah Robinson said: “My experience with Venture Matrix has enhanced my employment prospects greatly as the skills I have gained will be desired by employers. Having worked with BBC Radio BBC Presenter Seth Bennett said: “The Sheffield will show I was given a degree of night was a huge success. We have had loads of positive feedback from our listeners responsibility and worked on an important as to how much they enjoyed the event and project with a reputable organisation.”


Sport student inspired by Olympic placement

Local entrepreneurs learn from world expert Local entrepreneurs had a rare opportunity to learn from one of the best in the business at a free event in the Sheffield Business School.

Elaine Zhang and Layla Chen teaching the art of eating with chopsticks.

Kids go nuts for chopstick challenge By Joe Field

Visitors to Sheffield’s Winter Gardens had their chopstick skills put to the test by students, as part of the city’s Student Week celebrations. Two international students, Elaine Zhang and Layla Chen, challenged local people to prove their dexterity by using chopsticks to take peanuts from a bowl in the fastest time possible. And the winners were treated to a handful of Chinese sweets. Jake Kitchiner, welfare and community officer at Hallam Union, said: “Student Week’s all about showing what students do in the community and getting people to engage with us. “We’ve had nature walks for kids to get involved in; a Chinese New Year event, where children painted the symbol for the year they were born in; societies doing demonstrations and performances including dancing and bands. “It’s involved participation from people of all ages and backgrounds, which has been great to see and is exactly the idea of the event.”

Andrew Haigh, managing partner of the Entrepreneurs Client group within Coutts bank, shared his extensive experience of the business world to highlight what he thinks makes a good entrepreneur. He shared his tips and advice on progressing a business through difficult economic times and discussed the challenges faced by the modern entrepreneur. He also took questions from the audience about their own business ventures. Andrew began his career as an investment banker in London and then New York before moving to become finance director of NatWest’s International Businesses Division. In 1996 he became managing director of the Coutts businesses in Jersey, before returning to New York in 1999 to act as head of NatWest Group in North America. From 2006 Andrew was based in Beijing and Shanghai helping the Bank of China open the first domestic private bank in that country. He returned back to Coutts & Co in 2008 as managing partner of the Entrepreneurs Client Group, where he now has strategic responsibility for 20,000 entrepreneur clients within the UK. Andrew said: “An entrepreneur is somebody who is quite happy to disrupt market places. Not everybody can be an entrepreneur or a business owner because you need to be hugely flexible, be prepared to take risks and have a huge degree of self-confidence and self belief in your ideas.”

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Popular former Bishop returns to reveal his heroes A former Bishop of Sheffield entertained an audience at Sheffield Hallam with stories of his heroes past and present. From his grandmother to the anti-apartheid campaigner Trevor Huddleston, former Bishop Jack Nicholls revealed the people who shaped his life’s work. Bishop Jack visited the University in April after the early winter’s bad weather put paid to an earlier planned visit in December. Jack, who retired in 2008 after 12 years as Bishop, took his audience in the Pennine Theatre on a journey from a two-up, twodown house where he was born in Rossington to a trip to Rome.

David Oakes, from the Sheffield Business School, said: “We were delighted that Andrew agreed to come to the University to share his extensive entrepreneurial experience.”

His heroes included his grandmother Sarah Jane Vann, his local vicar George Hamilton Richards, the former Dean of Cape Town Rowan Smith, playwright Alan Bennett and comedian Les Dawson.

To hear an interview with Andrew about his tips for succeeding in business visit the news pages of the University website

As an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam, the Right Reverend has a long association with the University.

Olympic inspiration wins top awards for volunteers Hallam Union has achieved a much sought after Olympic Games Inspire Mark for two of its volunteer projects run at primary schools in Sheffield.

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Students went into the schools to share their knowledge and encourage interest in the Olympics. One project at Porter Croft Primary School taught youngsters about the history and traditions of the Olympic Games while the second, at Hallam Primary School, ran a number of Olympic style events for the children. One volunteer Cherry Buckley won Outstanding Volunteer of the Year at the

2011 Hallam Union Student Awards for her dedication to the Porter Croft project Community Development Coordinator for Sports and Culture, Katy Weston said: “The projects have been a great success. Our volunteers invested such a lot of time and effort into them and achieving the Inspire Mark really shows that it has paid off. The projects have provided a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of the 2011 Olympic Games and its history in schools, allowing the children to get involved with it for themselves.”

He said: “I was thrilled to return and renew my association with Sheffield Hallam and have the opportunity to talk about the heroes and heroines who have influenced and inspired me in my life’s journey and shaped my religious convictions.”

A sport development student has been selected for a once-in-a-lifetime placement at the London 2012 headquarters, thanks to the University’s partnership with the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). Lynsey Appleby (pictured below) has been selected for a seven week internship with the press operations team as part of an agreement between LOCOG and the University. Lynsey said: “I couldn’t hope to graduate in a better year than 2012. And when I do, I hope to work in the media side of sport. The internship will give me a chance to put everything I’ve learnt during the last two years into practice. “LOCOG staff have been inspirational. They’ve been brilliant at involving me in any projects and I’m extraordinarily grateful for it. They’ve given me lots of guidance and advice to prepare me for when the internship begins.” LOCOG and Sheffield Hallam have developed a unique set of academic modules for students interested in a career in major sporting events. Students who take the modules have the opportunity to apply for internships with the organising committee. Senior lecturer in sport Sarah Wenham said: “The partnership will give students on the media operations modules the opportunity to apply to work alongside the media during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across all sports. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a once-in-a-lifetime event.” The agreement makes Sheffield Hallam the only university in the UK to officially partner with LOCOG in this way and it is the only university to have had agreements with the organising committees of the Beijing Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Jack was a member of the House of Lords from 2003 until his retirement. Throughout his life he has worked tirelessly to champion causes that support the gospel message, and has been an active campaigner against things which dehumanise others. As Bishop of Sheffield, he was much involved in building better relations with other faith groups, especially Jewish and Muslim communities, and within the Christian communities with Roman Catholics and Methodists.


‘Upside’ head down to London Keep an eye on the national Live & Unsigned music competition, because three performing arts students from Sheffield Hallam are through to the final, and will perform at the O2 Arena in London. Known collectively as ‘Upside’, the trio are the only Sheffield band to make it through. With around 10,000 auditions to see, the judges have had their work cut out and some tough decisions to make. Upside were put through the regional finals by a panel that included the drummer for The Smiths, Mike Joyce.

More learning centre improvements Last summer saw a major refurbishment of the University’s two learning centres to provide more comfort and choice for students.

At Collegiate refurbishments gave students a new space for learning on the ground floor including informal learning spaces, group study accommodation and catering facilities.

This summer the next phase of improvements will take place with The Adsetts Learning Centre at City Campus was transformed with the installation of better lighting, carpeting and furniture in Adsetts a redesigned helpdesk and around 100 additional learning spaces. and Collegiate with additional study rooms. In response to student demand a screened-off silent study area Work is due to be completed on both sites by the end of was also created. September.

Disaster relief solutions of the Dragon boat racing can produce ‘oar-some’ fitness future unveiled Future engineering solutions designed to help areas affected by results major disasters have been presented by researchers at Sheffield By Laurie Harvey

The fitness benefits of dragon boat racing were recently demonstrated to Sheffielders by University researchers who encouraged teams to have a go using a game console in the city’s Winter Gardens. The simulated dragon boat was set up by health and design experts at Sheffield Hallam to show how the ancient pursuit can have a positive effect on health and happiness. Teams of five will were recruited and scheduled into a week of competitive activity during the recent National Science and Engineering Week. One member of the team acted as a ‘drummer’ banging a real drum in the prow of the boat to set a time. The other four team members ‘paddled’ the boat with Wii remote controllers which recorded their speed and synchronicity as a team. The screen in front and to either side planned a simulation video of the boat travelling along a river. Researchers then compiled data about the positive benefits of team sport and exercise while participants test their ability on the boats. Dr Helen Crank who lead the project, said: “Dragon boat racing combines an unusual mix of individual and team work, and physical and mental agility. It is also an innovative, fun and relatively accessible way of raising fitness levels.” 18

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A range of solutions that can be used during disaster relief operations were unveiled at a conference organised by the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science.

Percussionist Jodi Anderson said: “We’re really happy we got through to the grand final at the O2 Arena. It came as a shock but we are looking forward to it! “We just want to get our music out there for everyone to hear and hopefully make them smile as Upside are all about feel good music!” As finalists they will be performing on stage at Live Fest, and there are plenty of awards up for grabs, with a prize pool worth up to £100,000.

Chris Grayston, events director of Live & Unsigned said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to make it to the grand final. Whatever happens it will be a great day for all the acts performing, whether they win or not.”

Prizes include main stage festival slots, studio time, development master classes, amplification equipment and much more.

More new features enhance online prospectus

‘Fix it’ offer to local businesses

Ideas include a solar-powered cooker and inflatable tent, and a system designed to help victims of disasters transport clean drinking water over long distances.

Businesses across South Yorkshire are being given a chance to fix their business problems and challenges for free, thanks to experts at Sheffield Hallam who are offering consultation sessions with a range of technical experts.

Dr Abdul Hoque, from the University’s department of engineering and mathematics, said: “This conference has presented a striking range of solutions that could one day be used to help disaster survivors and refugees, and contribute to the sustainable development of affected communities.”

Companies are invited to register online for Fix It Friday, a link up between academics in the University’s Materials Engineering and Research Institute (MERI) and the Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI).

Student admission team awaits award outcome The University’s student admission team was waiting to hear if it has scooped a major national award for outstanding service delivery due to be announced in June. The team was shortlisted in the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards and is competing against a number of peers at the universities of Aberystwyth, Newcastle, Nottingham, Warwick and York. Nicola Rawlins, head of admissions, said: “To be nominated against so many of our peers is a great achievement and follows one of the busiest admissions cycles in Sheffield Hallam’s history. I’d like to congratulate the team and hope we can bring home an award.”

Following the launch of the University’s new online prospectus late last year, the Marketing Department’s Digital Team is now inviting readers to explore the latest exciting development to this key area of the website. The latest developments to help potential students navigate and find information on courses, incorporate features and functionality that no other university has, and puts Sheffield Hallam’s online presence at the forefront of the sector. Central to this second phase of the prospectus’s development are features giving prospective students additional interactivity whilst searching for courses, and the use of ‘live’ data means users always get the most up-to-date information. Three new elements are:

Between them, they can offer advice and guidance to industries involved in activities such as 3D reconstruction and recognition software, film and digital media, modelling automation and robotics, and technical communication and system design.

• My Courses basket which allows users to store courses of interest and navigate between them easily.

Professor Alan Smith, head of business development for MERI, said: “Whatever the size or nature of the company, a consultation with a technical expert will bring fresh insight and innovative ways of taking on challenges.

• A Personalised Prospectus feature enabling users to create a personal file of the information they have stored and have access to a version of it to save and/or print.

“This is the first time we have offered this service to businesses but if it’s successful we’ll make it a regular occurrence. “We have a huge breadth of expertise at the University and would like to encourage businesses to have a free and confidential consultation to enable them to achieve great strides in their business.” Fix It Friday, organised in conjunction with the University’s Innovation Futures project started in April.

• A Compare Courses feature which allows the user to compare information on courses they’ve put in the basket side-by-side. Take a look at For more information about the project, contact Steven Hunter at


Student’s media career goes swimmingly A Paralympic record-holding athlete studying at Sheffield Hallam has been selected to present Channel 4’s coverage of the Paralympic Games in 2012. Rachael Latham (pictured), from Wigan, swam at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games and is the current British record holder for the 200m backstroke, as well as the European record holder for the 200m and 50m butterfly. She has now been selected to be part of Channel 4’s presenting team. Rachael, 21, is about to finish her degree in sport development with coaching. She said: “The last couple of months have been crazy I have had so much media training and have been trying to complete my dissertation.”

Inventive ways of getting student feedback By Nik Young

We know from experience that there’s no magic way of encouraging students to give us their comments. So when designing our latest Learning and Information Services Have Your Say campaign event, we included a variety of ways for students to tell us their thoughts.

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Two large wooden structures recently made an arresting sight on one of City Campus’ main thoroughfares. Designed and installed by a group of architecture students, the frames, called gridshells, were created as part of their coursework to familiarise them with working with wood.

In addition to learning centre displays where we asked students to write on postcards telling us the difference our learning centres had made to their studies, we put wishing trees in seven outdoor locations around the University.

The two structures made of flat-latticed mats shaped to create an undulating surface, were placed on Howard Street where fellow students and passers-by could view them on the route between the railway station and the City Campus main entrance.

She is also realistic about whether her records will survive the tournament. She said: “It is very likely they’ll be broken as disability swimming is constantly improving. Without doubt the times in my classification will get faster, especially at such a major tournament. But I wouldn’t be upset - I’m just looking forward to watching some quality racing.”

It was interesting to see which ones were the most popular. At Collegiate Campus it was the tree in RWB and at City Campus the Atrium tree won hands down with over 130 comments.

Lecturer Gabriel Tang oversaw the design and construction of the timber frames

Future is ‘Fulbright’ for student Sarah

We also used an online log-off form on student PCs in the learning centres. When students clicked ‘log off’, a web form appeared asking them for their ideas and comments about the learning centres.

And Rachael believes London 2012 will be every bit as inspiring as Beijing 2008. She said: “I have every confidence in the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games that they are going to pull off an exceptional event.”

Student Sarah Thompson will join the likes of novelist Ian Rankin and actor John Lithgow when she flies out to the USA to take part in a prestigious summer scholarship programme. The education and disability studies student has won a place on the Fulbright Summer Institute scholarship to study education at Eastern Washington University. The scholarship, established in 1948 and operated by the Fulbright Commission, is regarded as one of the most selective

summer scholarship programmes in the world. Sarah said: “When I found out I had been selected I was very excited as it is such an amazing opportunity to study abroad especially with such an esteemed scholarship programme.” Sarah, from North Shields, Tyne and Wear, will be in the US for the five-week summer programme. She will join the ranks of famous Fulbright alumni including Lithgow and Rankin who studied there in the late 60s and 80s respectively.

This was originally developed by our IT and Learning Support team and web team colleagues to enable staff to report faults on teaching room PCs quickly and efficiently. It was adapted for use on student PCs. The log-off form used on 1,200 PCs, generated over 600 comments during the week-long campaign. For more information on the campaign please email A longer version of this article first appeared in SLS news

Youngsters discover missing link between maths and monkey business Youngsters who want to know about the world’s most numerate chimpanzee and the beauty of the slide rule had the chance to quiz one of the country’s most renowned mathematicians.


Architecture students put public art in the frame

Former Brazil correspondent for the Guardian, Alex is also the author of Here’s Looking at Euclid.

More than 75 teams from schools from across the country took part in the 16th annual quiz, which was part of National Science and Engineering Week.

Before Alex’s talk, young maths wizards from across the region aimed to prove they knew Dr Jeff Waldock, a senior lecturer in maths, Alex Bellos, author of Alex’s Adventures in their times tables from their long division in a said: “The quiz is a good way of showing that Numberland, spoke at Pop Maths, a quiz and fun quiz designed to improve their maths. maths can be fascinating, challenging and, talk hosted by Sheffield Hallam and designed above all, fun. It engages children with maths to get youngsters interested in maths. and proves that it can be enjoyable and entertaining.”

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He said: “We wanted to give the students the opportunity to experiment with materials, which is very important as future architects and is an aspect that is sometimes lacking in architectural education.

“We wanted to give the students the opportunity to experiment with materials, which is very important as future architects.”

“The experiment was designed to make them explore timber and how forces react with it. It also helps to make learning architecture fun. “We’ve had very positive reactions from the public, and people have been travelling especially to see the structures and find out what they are. It’s great for the students to interact with the public and tell them about themselves, the structures and what the University does.”

Local sports stars anticipate successful Olympics On the day that London 2012 tickets went on sale some of South Yorkshire’s sporting heroes talked about their excitement in anticipation of the Olympic Games. Middle-distance runner Peter Elliot, bobsleigh champion Nicola Minnichiello and rugby star Peter Swatkins faced a grilling from the public at an Any Sporting Questions event, held at Rotherham’s Hellaby Hall, where they revealed the secrets of their success. They were joined on stage by Sheffield Hallam’s leading sport physiologist Professor Edward Winter and host of BBC Radio Sheffield’s Football Heaven, Seth Bennett. The panel discussed their successful sporting careers, the opportunities that London 2012 will bring and how athlete Jessica Ennis will cope with the pressure of being the Olympic poster-girl for the games. The panel agreed that taking part in the Olympics was the pinnacle of any sporting career. They also fielded questions from the public on sport technology, player burnout, the difficulty of officiating competitive sports, how to overcome nerves during big events and what opportunities there are for young athletes. Professor Winter said: “The Olympic Games is one of the few occasions when the whole of humanity comes together for the greater good. And one of the legacies of London 2012 will be the idea of sport for all.”

Nicola Minnichiello, Professor Ed Winter, Seth Bennett, Peter Elliot, and Peter Swatkins.


Possible double awards for part-time work efforts Students who successfully manage to work part-time while studying are in with a chance of being recognised nationally for their efforts. As well as scooping awards in the institutional heats, they have been nominated for the regional heats of the Student Employee of the Year Awards. These recognise their achievements in successfully combining part time work with their studies. Fundraising to a T: A group of resourceful art students hit on a novel way of raising money for their end of year degree show by calling on local artists to design custom-made T-shirts for a one-off auction. Dozens of T-shirts were created by some of the best known regional artists including Pete McKee, famous for his cartoon portrayals of Sheffield’s cultural icons. Kid Acne, the rapper and graffiti artist, and Jim Connolly, best known for his comic book depictions of the Tinsley cooling towers and Meadowhall, also donated custom-made T-shirts for the event in April.

Green credentials secure gold award for Hallam Union The Students’ Union has struck gold with an award for its environmental and ethical practices. Formerly known as the Sound Impact Award, the Green Impact Award is a National Union of Students run program me which promotes and rewards good practice in Students’ Unions across the country. This is the fifth year of the award scheme and 88 universities took part. Last year Hallam Union was presented with the Sound Impact Award to a Silver standard with a score of 627. This year achieving the Green Impact Award to a Gold Standard, and 745 points, demonstrates Hallam Union’s increasing commitment to sustainable environmental practices. Over the course of the academic year, Hallam Union has run and promoted a number of ‘green’ driven activities. Andrew Farmer, Head of Trading and Facilities said: “Highlights this year have included the formation of a ‘Green Team’, a group of students who have carried out green initiatives.

If successful in the heats, shortlisted candidates will then be considered for the national award. The winners will be announced at the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) conference in July. Among the nominees is Rupak Sarma, a 26-year-old international business and management student from Assam in India. He was nominated for his work supporting the University’s international marketing team. Laura Buck, a 20 year-old Childhood Studies student is nominated for the positive impact she has had on the life of a 93-year old she cares for through her part-time job with Home Instead Senior Care. Rupak and Laura were among a number of students honoured at the University’s own recent Student Employee of the Year awards managed by Sheffield Hallam and the netWORK Employment Service. Rupak was named International Student Employee of the Year and Laura was named Off-Campus Student Employee of the Year. Jobshop Student Employee of the Year was awarded to Laura Exton for her contribution to the work of the netWORK Employment Service over the four years she has studied at Sheffield Hallam. National Student Employer of the Year was given to Sheila Quairney to recognise the support she has provided to Samantha Logan, her student employee On-campus Student Employee of the Year was awarded to Rebekah Clarke for providing student ambassador support at a range of venues to prospective university candidates who are applying for diagnostic radiography.

New award for student activity Hallam Union has honoured its best student-run activity groups and most organised individuals in a new annual awards ceremony. The Hallam Union Student Awards (HUSAs) looks at the performance of various groups including volunteering, student reps and societies and honour their exceptional organisation and achievements over the academic year. Nine awards were given out at this year’s inaugural awards event.


Campaigner of the Year: Robyn Hartley; Outstanding Contribution to Student Media: Peter Spencer; Outstanding Dedication to Student Welfare: Anna Khutoretskaya; The Steel City Achievement: SHU Stop the Traffik; Outstanding Student Rep of the Year: Victoria Graf; Outstanding Society of the Year: SHU Stop The Traffik; Best Event/Performance of the Year: The Steel Cup 2011 – Hallam Athletics Club; Outstanding Student Staff Member of the Year: Paola Berisso; Outstanding Volunteer of the Year: Cherry Buckley.

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Redesigning Sheffield’s ‘forgotten spaces’ A competition to develop new designs to transform left-over pieces of land has been launched in Sheffield. The Forgotten Spaces Sheffield competition, being run by the University in conjunction with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is encouraging architects, designers and artists to come up with innovative ideas that find new uses for the city’s ‘forgotten spaces’. The project is being sponsored by Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, developers British Land and engineers Buro Happold. Students are among those who have entered with interesting ideas to rejuvenate areas in the Sheffield region such as a patch of wasteland, a grassy verge, a derelict building or dingy underpass or flyover. The proposal could be simple or complex, large or small, commercial or public - the only requirement is that it responds to the area and serves a function for the local community. The project is based on highly successful concept developed by RIBA London in 2010, which led to a variety of ideas for London’s Forgotten Spaces. The competition is being run in Sheffield due to its successful architectural regeneration over the past few years. The competition involves the local community by working with the Community Assemblies through Sheffield City Council to engage neighborhood and community groups. Each Assembly has been asked to nominate a space in their area for possible ideas and these will be given to competitors although they can also choose other spaces. The short listed proposals will be showcased in a public exhibition at the city’s Crucible Theatre in September. Winners will be awarded cash prizes of £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000. The results will be announced at a winners’ reception event at the end of September and is timed to tie in with the Stirling Prize, the highest accolade for architecture, which will take place at Magna on 1 October. For more information about Forgotten Spaces Sheffield, go to:

Exchange programme supports sports teaching in Tanzania By Laurie Harvey Four students were hoping to help improve the quality of physical education provision in Tanzania for generations to come in an exchange programme aiming to develop teaching practices in the eastern African country.

The programme - International Development through Excellence and Leadership in Sport (IDEALS), a UK Sport initiative, - sent the students off to Tanzania in April to work with their African counterparts for two months training PE teachers, sports development officers, sports administrators and volunteer sports leaders.

Jack Davis, Shereen Hutton, Josh Saydraouten and Lisa Bailey, all sports development with coaching students The group hosted a 24-hour sponsored were taking part in a sports leadership cycle at the University in early April to help development programme called IDEALS, run fund their trip. in partnership with the Tanzanian National Sports Council.

Helen Mann, senior lecturer in sport said: “This partnership proved highly successful last year in strengthening relationships between Sheffield Hallam and Tanzania and looks set to be a memorable experience for our students once again.” The partnership has already resulted in 145 Tanzanian teachers being trained in sport and physical literacy. Around 4,500 children have benefited from the enhanced sports delivery provided by Sheffield Hallam’s efforts. 23

Varsity victory for sporting heroes Sheffield Hallam beat Sheffield University for the tenth year running in the annual Varsity sporting competition. Thousands of students from across the city crowded into Sheffield Wednesday’s home ground at Hillsborough Stadium for the finale of the 15th annual competition - the men’s football final, refereed by premiership and World Cup official Howard Webb. Over 60 fixtures were played during the eight-day tournament at venues across the city with 61 points overall up for grabs. Sheffield Hallam snatched the trophy this time by just one crucial point. Colan Leung, Hallam Union Sports Officer said: “This event brings both universities’ sports teams together in a unique way and it gets bigger and better every year. The students have worked hard all year round, and they deserve to end the year on a high by winning the Varsity trophy for the tenth time on the 15th Anniversary. “Varsity is about providing an opportunity for all students to get involved, and I praise everyone that took part, either by competing, spectating or organising the competition. We couldn’t have done this without the Sports Committee, Varsity volunteers, Hallam Union, Sport Hallam and most importantly the students.” University of Sheffield sports officer Emma Bird said: “This year’s Varsity was an absolutely fantastic event. Although we lost by one point, I feel every one of our teams played their best and did the University proud.”

Water way to raise hospital funds Catering staff have helped raise more than £6,000 for the Sheffield Children’s Hospital by donating five pence from every bottle of Abbey Well water sold in the University’s cafes and restaurants. The team attended a presentation at the hospital where they were thanked for their hard work and huge donation, the second highest amount raised from all the universities who took part. The money will be spent on four profiling beds for the hospital’s Neurosciences Ward, and two hoists for Ryegate House,

which provides respite care for children with ‘The money will make a real difference to complex neurological conditions. our young patients using Ryegate House and the hospital’s Neurosciences Ward and Susan Walker, campus catering manager will help the hospital remain a centre of said: “Catering Services are proud to excellence for paediatric care.’ support local charities, schools and colleges. We are delighted to have raised this significant amount of cash which will really benefit the Children’s Hospital.” Cheryl Ridge, fundraiser at The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: ‘We are extremely grateful to Sheffield Hallam University and Coca-Cola Enterprises for this generous donation and to all the staff and students who through their purchases contributed to this fantastic total.

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