CHANNEL 4 IN SHEFFIELD: Hallam lends support to bring broadcaster to the city

The University has given its backing to a bid to bring Channel 4 to Sheffield. The City Council, which is leading the city’s bid to establish a northern base for the broadcaster, also says it could lead to a national centre for digital talent and technology being established there. Professor Christina Hughes, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at Sheffield Hallam University, is quoted in the story as reported by Hallam FM

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Blackboard upgrade 2017

Reminder about the Blackboard upgrade taking place at the end of July. The upgrade will start at 6pm on Friday 28th July 2017 and is expected to be completed on the afternoon of Saturday 29th July 2017. However, Blackboard should be considered at risk throughout all of Sunday 30th July, which means it may not be available if additional time is needed. Therefore please ensure that there are no teaching and learning activities scheduled in Blackboard, such as online submission of assessments, after 5pm on Friday 28th July, or anytime on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July. The upgrade offers several improvements, including a look and feel that adjusts to the device you are using (e.g. mobile device support), a refreshed look for shuspace, drag and drop of files, a tool to provide badges inside of your Blackboard site, improvements to Blackboard Collaborate such as scheduling sessions and being able to download recordings. Further information about these and other new features will be added to the TEL blog shortly. We know that there are some teaching programmes which will be affected by the downtime and we apologise for any inconvenience this causes. As always, the upgrade team will strive to minimise any downtime.

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The Graduation Office has moved

As of Wednesday 12 July the Graduation Office will be based in the Bryan Nicholson Building.

If you receive any Graduation related enquiries, please email, call 0114 225 5353 or send students to the Graduation Team in Bryan Nicholson Building, Furnival Street (Top left on the City campus map).

Please note, we receive a high volume of enquiries regarding certificates, these students should be directed to the certificates team based at Oneleven. They can be contacted at or 0114 225 4441.

If you have any queries or need any further information, please contact Tricia Lee on 0114 225 5353 or email

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Chef Hallam Central and Hallam View closed

Both Chef Hallam Central and Hallam View are closed until further notice, while the Estates team carry out replacement ceiling work in both venues.

Services provided by Hallam Central have been transferred into the Atrium; initially these are at Cutting Edge, and then from next week (w/c 17 July), and through the Summer, into Heartspace.

Hallam View had been scheduled to close for lunchtime business for the majority of the Summer.

Any enquiries for private parties will be guided towards other facilities, including City View on Level 12, subject to availability; these will be handled by the Events Team

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Creative Media Students Support Internationally Renowned Research Centre

First year students from the faculty of ACES, have recently been challenged to put their digital skills and knowledge into practice to help promote local businesses through the design, development and creation of digital media content.

The students, working in small groups within their Level 4 Integrated Project module, were responsible for all aspects of the project, including scoping the project requirements, negotiating the expected outcomes and producing the actual deliverables for their client. The twelve week project culminated in a final presentation where the students presented their work to their client and peers.

The students worked with The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CESR), an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy with over 200 years of cumulative experience. The centre, which undertakes research and consultancy for a diverse range of sports companies and organisations, has developed an innovative pacing system for runners – Follow the Light. CESR required digital media to help sell the benefits of the Follow the Light pacing system. Students were able to interview the Follow The Light team and film the pacing system in action at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport, producing promotional videos showing how the system can be used and how it can benefit all types of users, from walkers, runners and even the Usain Bolts of the world!

Read more Here

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Making a Difference Awards 2017

Nominations are now open for this year’s Making a Difference Awards to recognise the work of staff in the Facilities Directorate.

Staff from across the University can nominate any staff member from FD who has provided them with excellent customer service for the Customer Improvement Award.

To make your nomination, please visit and fill in the Customer Improvement Award form by 21 July.

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VIDEO GAMES: Student’s revamp of the classic video game, ‘GoldenEye 007’ gets rave reviews

Business Insider features the work of Hallam’s 3D modelling student, Jude Wilson, who has recreated one of the most popular games on the Nintendo 64 console


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Professor Chris Husbands appointed Chair of the HESA board

Professor Chris Husbands

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, has been named as the Chair of the HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) Board.

Professor Husbands replaces Professor Simon Gaskell, Principal of Queen Mary University of London, who will be stepping down as Chair and board member on 31 July 2017.

Professor Husbands said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as chair of the HESA Board.

“HESA is a jewel in the crown of UK higher education: a trusted source of insightful data and analysis across the higher education landscape in the UK, which helps to shape policy and promote wider understanding and confidence in the sector. High quality data and data analysis is increasingly critical to successful organisations.

“I look forward to working with the HESA Board members to continue this vital work and ensure the data that is collected and published is relevant, timely and supports the sector to remain competitive on a global stage.”

Paul Clark, Chief Executive of HESA, said: “I would like to thank Professor Simon Gaskell for all his work as chair of the HESA Board for the last five years. Professor Gaskell has helped to steer HESA through a period of profound change in the higher education sector. I am delighted that Professor Husbands has agreed to become Chair of the HESA board, and I look forward very much to working with him as we embark on the next phase of our development.”

At its June meeting, the HESA Board also welcomed Professor Paul Layzell (Principal of Royal Holloway, University of London), and Roma Chappell (Deputy Director of Public Policy at the Office for National Statistics) as new Board members.

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GRAPHIC DESIGN: Hallam students highlighted by graphic design website

Nine graphic design students have been highlighted by Creative Bloq as some of the best graduates outside of London. The students feature as part of an article looking at talent outside of the capital, with graduates of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) included alongside students from five other art departments and colleges, and comes as the SIA Degree Show 2017 closes

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DESIGN AWARD: Sheffield Hallam student winning prestigious student design award


A Sheffield Hallam University student is celebrating after winning a prestigious student design award

Sarah White won a Royal Society of Arts (RSA) Student Design Award for her design of a money management app to help students spend and save money wisely.

The awards are the longest-running global student competition – which challenges emerging designers at university level to tackle real-world social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking and skills. More than 800 students from 21 countries entered the awards which included 12 different design briefs.

Sarah, a final-year graphic design student, has won a paid-placement with international consumer transaction company NCR for her app in the Mind Your Money brief, where students were challenged to design a way for people to improve their financial capability and manage their money better.

The app, called Back in Black, is specifically targeted at students and works to prevent the urge to spend impulsively by reminding students of their longer-term saving goals, but also acknowledges that students want to enjoy their lives and going out.

Sarah, who collected her award at a ceremony in London from David Constantine MBE, said:

 “I couldn’t believe it when I found out I had won. I was encouraged by my friends and course tutors to enter the competition and to have won is amazing.

“I really enjoyed designing the app. I wanted it to look stylish and practical but also have a light-hearted side so it can connect with students’ personalities and sense of humour.”

Matt Edgar, graphic design course leader in the University’s Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), said: “We are delighted for Sarah for her award win. Sarah has been a hard-working and dedicated student during her time here at Hallam and it is great that her talent has been recognised with this award.”

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