Your University magazine 2022-23

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Rolls-Royce partnership secures £210 million funding The University has secured £210 million funding for its partnership with Rolls-Royce. Sheffield’s Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) will work with Rolls-Royce on the next phase of its small modular reactor (SMR) development programme. Andrew Storer, CEO of the Nuclear AMRC, said, “We’re delighted to play a part in this genuinely world-leading technology development project. “South Yorkshire played a huge role in the Industrial Revolution and is now leading the Green Industrial Revolution. We are delighted that our Nuclear AMRC will be supporting RollsRoyce’s SMR and using its expertise to play an important role in our transition to net zero. At the University of Sheffield, we are very proud that our researchers are focused on finding solutions to tackle the climate crisis.” Testing facilities at the Nuclear AMRC’s research factory in Rotherham will be used to develop the advanced processes. The centre will also support the design of a new UK factory for large SMR components. The University will then continue to work with RollsRoyce to create a pre-production proving facility to manufacture large-scale prototypes of the reactor pressure vessel and its closure head. The Rolls-Royce SMR is a compact power station design. A single station will occupy the footprint of two football pitches and power approximately one million homes. The entire plant is being designed as a number of modular sub-assemblies, which will be manufactured in factories then transported to site to be assembled. They will be available to the UK grid in the early 2030s. Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, visited the University of Sheffield’s Nuclear AMRC to launch the new venture. He said, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the UK to deploy more low carbon energy than ever before and ensure greater energy independence.”

Scientist receives highest honour from British Ecological Society


researcher in the School of Biosciences has been awarded Honorary Membership by the British Ecological Society (BES) for her outstanding ecological research and efforts in conservation policy. Professor Sue Hartley has been recognised by the Society for her exceptional contributions at an international level to the generation, communication and promotion of ecological knowledge and solutions. Professor Hartley said, “I’m absolutely overwhelmed by this fantastic honour. I couldn’t be more delighted with this award and I regard it as the pinnacle of my ecological career. I have a long association with the BES, which I joined while I was still a PhD student.” The membership sees Professor Hartley join an exclusive list of people recognised for their work which includes Sir David Attenborough, Lord John Krebs of Wytham, Professor Sir John Lawton and Professor Sir David Read. Professor Hartley is the University of Sheffield’s Vice-President for Research and a past President of the BES. She was among three other distinguished ecologists to

I couldn’t be more delighted with this award and I regard it as the pinnacle of my ecological career.”

Professor Sue Hartley, OBE be granted the award, which was presented during a ceremony in December at Ecology Across Borders in Liverpool. The BES is the oldest ecological society in the world, founded in 1913, and has thousands of members across more than 120 countries. The Society promotes the study of ecology through academic journals, conferences, grants, education initiatives and policy work. The President of the BES Professor Jane Memmott said, “The BES awards recognise and celebrate the extraordinary contributions of individuals and groups to advancing ecology and communicating its importance for society. This year’s winners are no exception, and I am delighted to offer my congratulations to each and every one of them.” Professor Hartley’s research career has spanned almost 35 years. She completed a BSc in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford before undertaking a PhD in Ecology at the University of York. She then went on to research plantanimal interactions at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the University of Sussex. Professor Hartley has also been awarded an OBE and became the fourth woman to deliver the Royal Institution Christmas lectures since they were founded in 1825. 2022/2023 | YOUR UNIVERSITY