SIA students explore Fashion & Freedom

Two of our fashion students have joined leading designers in an exciting and inspiring exhibition which sees some of today’s leading female fashion designers explore the impact the First World War had on the changing role of women and fashion.

ln350_fashion&freedom_081Sheffield Institute of Arts students Chay Linch and Charlie McDonald are exhibiting alongside Vivienne Westwood, Roksanda, Holly Fulton, Emilia Wickstead, J JS Lee and Sadie Williams as part of    Fashion & Freedom. The exhibition is co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and Manchester Art Gallery, with support from the British Fashion Council

Chay and Charlie’s pieces, for which they were give £500 each to spend on designing, will feature in a collection of work created by students from UK’s most prestigious fashion colleges on the theme of “Restriction & Release”.

ln350_fashion&freedom_012Restriction & Release plays on the theme of women’s fashion and roles pre and post First World War. Students have examined the two physical extremes women faced within fashion, from the pre-war tight fitted corsets (Restriction) to the soft free-flowing silhouette post war (Release). Restriction /Release also explores the social and political barriers women endured at this time, including fighting for the right to vote.

In 1914, British society was changed significantly when men left home to fight on the front line of the First World War, enabling over a million women to work for the very first time. Many took on jobs that were once occupied by men, including ambulance drivers and bus conductors, as well as in factories. New responsibilities meant new freedoms and a new aesthetic. As hemlines rose, the female silhouettes that Britons were once so familiar with were starting to change forever. It is these profound changes to women’s dress during the First World War that have inspired the specially commissioned designs that make up Fashion & Freedom.

ln350_fashion&freedom_rescan_ (3)The gallery’s Assistant Curator, Jason White explains that “over the last two years, Barnsley has seen some very high quality exhibitions and works of public art that have told thought-provoking stories of the soldier’s that fought in the First World War and family’s affected by it. They have been of such a high standard, all quietly thought-provoking, insightful and beautifully put together. The Civic are delighted to bring to Barnsley an exhibition which reveals another inspiring story – an exploration of a pivotal moment in Women’s history, the changes of the War and its impact one hundred on through fashion and society.”

Jason goes on to explain, “I think it is important that in a time when women still have expectations of what to wear and how to look imposed on them by a white, western patriarchy, that we tell inspiring stories of women who took control, both domestically and culturally.”

Fashion & Freedom is now open at The Civic, Barnsley and will close on 8 April 2017.

Admission is free.

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Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering – March 2017

science & engineering

Free activities, talks and workshops

Over 50 fun, inspiring and free events. Everyone welcome.

Sheffield’s festival celebrating world-class research in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is back. Our diverse programme will fascinate, entertain and engage children, young people and adults alike – with events, talks and activities for all. Events take place all over the city in university labs, lecture theatres, museums, pubs, the Winter Garden and even the Moor Market.

Come and be inspired. Find out how the world around us works, uncover our evolutionary story and experience technologies of the future.

Sheffield Festival of Science and Engineering is brought to you by the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University and celebrates British Science Week.
To view the full programme visit: #SFOSE


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Professor Alice Roberts- Sheffield Festival of Science & Engineering

The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being

Alice Roberts, presenter on BBC2’s Coast and The Incredible Human Journey, takes you on a fascinating journey around your body and into your past. Using the latest research she will reveal the evolutionary story hidden in all of us: from secrets visible only in our embryos to those hidden in adult anatomy and deep inside our genetic code. Millions of years of evolutionary history have left traces in each of us. You just have to know where to look

Professor Alice Roberts anatomist, author and broadcaster

Professor Alice Roberts
anatomist, author and broadcaster

Sunday 5 March 2017
3.30pm for a 4pm start
Sheffield Hallam University
Pennine Lecture Theatre City Campus,
Owen Building
Howard Street S1 1 WB
Book now


Tea & coffee served at 3.30pm.
Lecture will begin at 4pm prompt followed by a book signing.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase Professor Alice Robert’s    books at the event.

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University Strategy

Today, the new University Strategy is published to staff: a key milestone in the University’s development.  Alongside the strategy, an implementation plan, setting out ten immediate priorities and our plans to July 2020 has been published.

See the strategy here – University Strategy

All-staff events

The Vice-Chancellor and colleagues from the University Leadership Team are hosting four events for staff, at which they will give a presentation, following which you will be able to ask any questions you may have about the strategy, its implementation or our governance.

The events will take place on the following days:

  • Wednesday 15 February, 12.30-1.30pm, Charles Street (CH.0.06)
  • Friday 17 February, 1.00-2.00pm, Heart of the Campus, Lecture Theatre (HC.0.06)
  • Monday 20 February, 1.30-2.30pm, Pennine Lecture Theatre
  • Wednesday 22 February, 1.00-2.00pm, Pennine Lecture Theatre

Please book to attend an event of your choice by clicking here. One of these events will be filmed and will be made available via the staff intranet shortly afterwards, for those staff who are unable to attend


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UFOS: Hallam expert’s work referenced in international newspaper

In a feature by Polska Times [translation required] on UFOs, Dr David Clarke, who specialises in reports on UFOs and has worked with the Ministry of Defence, is referenced with his thoughts on the reduction on reports of ‘flying sauces’ since the fall of the Soviet UnionUFO

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COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: MERI partners on collaborative research project into coatings

MERI picThe Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) at the University is now in partnership with Ionbond and the TWI (formerly The Welding Institute) on a collaborative research project supported by Innovate UK, to develop coatings for friction stir welding (FSW) tools. The partnership has been reported by IT Pro, Business Press 24,, and Mittlestand

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FITZALAN SQUARE: SIA director comments on council’s facelift plans for Fitzalan Square

Fitzalan-Square-Visual-after-620x330Sheffield City Council has unveiled plans for a £5.6m revamp of Fitzalan Square, home to Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA). Sally Wade, director of SIA, and Mark Swales, director of facilities and estates are both quoted in the Council’s press release announcing the plans. You can read more in The Star

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OFF THE SHELF TALK: Human Rights lawyer Philippe Sands

Sands is a Professor of Law at University College London and Practising Barrister at Matrix Chambers. He frequently appears before international courts, including the International Criminal Court and World Court in Hague, and has been involved in many of the most recent cases including Pinochet, Congo, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq and Guantanamo. His previous published books include Lawless World about illegality of the Iraq War and Torture Team about the embrace of torture by the Bush administration.

OTSWe are pleased to be able to invite Professor Sands back to talk about his book  East West Street: On the Origins of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity The book won the 2016 Baillie Gifford Prize for non-fiction and has had huge critical acclaim

Sunday 26th February 2017 at the Showroom Cinema at 7:00pm

Sands will discuss his book, the study of war crimes and their prosecution. Part historical detective story, part family story, part legal thriller East West Street presents parallel tragedies from Nazi occupied Poland and the Nuremburg trial. His talk will be followed by a screening of his documentary My Nazi Legacy at 8:30pm.  The film follows Philippe Sands researching for his book in this documentary film. He travels with Niklas Frank and Horst von Wachter, septuagenarian sons of Nazi leaders in East West Street and explores their opposing views on the legacy of their father’s actions. It won the Yad Vashem Chairman’s Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Tickets for the talk and film are sold separately and are £8.00 /£6.50 (cons) for the talk and £8.50 and £6.30 for the film ( cons). You can go to either the talk or the film screening or both. Tickets can be purchased online from  or  booked at SIV Tickets by calling 0114 22 33 777 or purchased in person at the box office at Sheffield City Hall, Barkers Pool, S1. They are also available from the Showroom

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Film: or call 0114 275 7727. Tickets can also be purchased on the door subject to availability


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Winners 2016 UKSE Y-Accelerator programme: The Design Futures packaging team

Winners Bear hugs and Yang for young (2)

WINNERS – Funding from the Sheffield Innovation Programme (SIP) is  currently available to access The Design Futures Packaging Team for packaging projects. This funding was recently accessed by companies participating in the 2016 UKSE Y-Accelerator programme.  3 companies on the programme accessed our expertise using SIP money. Bear Hugs, Yang for Young and Reach Homes.

The Y accelerator team singled out the Design Futures Packaging team for special praise for our support in their closing address.

Find out more about each of the projects below.

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GRAD TALK – Journalism – Media – PR

Congratulations to the 15 Communications Graduates who attended this year’s Journalism, Media & PR Grad Talk on 8th February.  The Graduates met with PVC Roger Eccleston at a reception event where they received their certificates.  The reception was followed by a presentation by each of the students to share their top employment tips with current Journalism, PR and Media Students.

Daniyal Khan, Danielle Hayden, Poppy Marello, Sam Ashoo, Hayley Adams, Michael Hudson, Kat Chirnside, Brady Frost, Karishma Ravalia, Adele Norris, Michael Bradbury, Aisha Zamir, Rachel Cummins, Sam Philbrick

Daniyal Khan, Danielle Hayden, Poppy Marello, Sam Ashoo, Hayley Adams, Michael Hudson, Kat Chirnside, Brady Frost, Karishma Ravalia, Adele Norris, Michael Bradbury, Aisha Zamir, Rachel Cummins, Sam Philbrick


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