VIRTUAL REALITY: BBC features trial developed by Hallam which uses virtual reality to ease pain for burns victims

Ivan Phelan, a Research Associate in Games and App development at Hallam, and part of the team behind the trial at the University, has been live on BBC One Breakfast this morning [watch again from 2:53:26] talking about specially designed virtual reality games which help to ease patients pain when being treated for burns. The trial is the first of its kind in the UK with encouraging initial results; patients involved in the trial have described how the interactive and immersive world of VR provides a distraction for their senses which significantly decreases their pain whilst having their dressings changed, in what is usually an excruciatingly painful process.

Ivan has also been interviewed on 6 regional radio stations this morning including BBC Radio Sheffield [listen again from 08:35] along with 19 year old Megan from Sheffield who took part in the trial, describing how the VR game has helped her. She is currently being treated for significant burns to her leg.

Ivan will also be on BBC Look North’s programme today at 1:30pm and 6:30pms.


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SHU Doctoral Showcase 24th May 2018

This year the Doctoral School is introducing two new research competitions alongside the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition as part of a new Doctoral Showcase event running on 24 May.  The new competitions are the Doctoral Researcher of the Year and Research Image competition.   Both provide opportunities for you to practice communicating your research to a broad audience and there are prizes to be won.

  • The Doctoral Researcher of the Year competition recognises excellence in doctoral research.  Successful nominees from each Faculty will be judged on their ability to communicate their doctoral research and its potential impact to a non-specialist audience at the Doctoral Showcase on 24 May 2018.  The winner will be awarded a prize of £250 to be recognised at graduation.  We welcome expressions of interest from final year doctoral researchers. The deadline for entries is 12 noon on  Monday 16 April and more information can be found here:


  • The Research Image competition invites doctoral researchers in any year of study to submit attention-grabbing images to intrigue, inform or excite a non-specialist research audience about their research.  Images will be displayed at the Doctoral Showcase and prizes of £50 and £25 will be awarded for first and second places respectively, as decided by audience vote. The deadline for entries is 16 April and more information can be found here:


  • The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition challenges you to deliver a compelling spoken presentation on your research topic and its significance, in just three minutes. As in previous years, there will be City and Collegiate heats and the SHU final will be at the Doctoral Showcase on 24 May.  As well as winning a prize of £250 towards attending an academic conference of their choice, the winner will be put forward as SHU’s entry to the UK national competition. The deadline for entries is 16 April and more information can be found here:

Any queries about the competitions or the Doctoral Showcase can be directed to

This is a great opportunity to show the wider University what a great wealth of research talent we have – so we really encourage students from all doctoral programmes to join in and submit an entry.


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Unified Comms Help Session – Today

Making the most of Jabber and Unified Comms

Do you want to learn how to use Unified Comms and Jabber more effectively?

Come along for expert assistance or to ask questions about using the new telephones, Jabber and WebEx. All staff are welcome.​

Drop-in session – for assistance with Unified Comms.

  • 11.30am- 1pm Owen 330 – on Wednesday 18 April

Information about using Unified Comms is also available on our DTS intranet pages​

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PLEASE VOTE: Heeley City Farm Days Dementia Project (ITV / Lottery Funding)

Farm Days Dementia Project – Heeley City Farm

The group will run a variety of gardening activities and animal assisted therapy sessions for people living with dementia, along with their families and carers. The activities will help to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of those being supported, and will bring them together with others in similar situations.

We are in the Regional final to WIN £50k Big Lottery money for our Project. It is all down to the public vote so if you could help we would appreciate it a great deal –

Vote here:




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Registration and call for abstracts for the Creating Knowledge Conference

The inaugural University Creating Knowledge Conference will take place on Monday 18 June at Pennine Lecture Theatre, City Campus.  It will provide an opportunity to present work associated with the three Creating Knowledge research and impact platforms:

  • Healthy, Independent Lives;
  • Thriving, Inclusive Communities, and
  • Future Economies.

There will also be ample opportunity to explore the potential internal and external collaborations offered by the platforms and how they can be realised. The conference is open to all staff and PGR students; so, whether you’re already an established researcher, an early career researcher, your work supports research or you would like to get into research but aren’t sure how, please do register to join us. Please share this with PGR students in your area so they can attend, too.

The outline programme of the conference is as shown below and, in addition to parallel sessions based on the platforms, will include cross-cutting sessions on:

  • Global Impact;
  • Art as a Catalyst of Change, and
  • Professional Practice.



8:30 Early Career Researcher Session
10:00 Coffee and Registration
10:30 Introduction and External Speaker
11:30 Global Impact


Thriving, Inclusive Communities 1 Future Economies 1
13:00 Lunch and Poster Session
14:00 Healthy,

Independent Lives 1

Art as a Catalyst of Change Future Economies 2
15:30 Tea and Poster Session
16:00 Healthy,

Independent Lives 2

Thriving, Inclusive Communities 2 Professional Practice
17:00 Closing Plenary
17:30 Wine and Canapés


Please register here by Friday 1 June. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Presentations and abstract submission

Abstracts for oral or poster presentations are welcomed from all staff and postgraduate research students.

Oral presentations should be 10 minutes long followed by five minutes for questions and discussion.  There will also be a poster session during the lunch and tea intervals.

Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be submitted using this form before 12 noon on 18th May.

A programme committee comprising the PVC Research, four Assistant Deans for Research, the Director of the Graduate School, representatives of the Professoriate and an early career researcher will review the abstracts and make the selection for presentation.

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New SHUcard Offer

We have been working in close partnership with Doncaster Sheffield Airport and are pleased to announce a new SHUcard offer to win free flights!

Starting today until the 12 May, for all staff and students that spend 100 SHUcard loyalty points in any catering outlet, they will be automatically entered into a prize draw for the chance to win a pair of return flights to over 26 destinations across Europe through our partners FLY DSA and FLYBE. Every 100 loyalty points spent (equivalent to £1) gets a ticket in the hat so the more points you spend the more opportunities to win. Just mention this at the till when you’re buying your drink or food. Loyalty points are earned every time you spend in a catering outlet and by topping up your SHUcard by £25.

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Exhibition: Utter Rubbish – 21 April-19 May

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Programme of events and live work – ‘Interrupteur’ by Rachel Smith

Residency ‘Interrupteur’ by Rachel Smith at Jessop West Foyer, University of Sheffield. This includes a substantial programme of events and live works involving current and past ADRC PhD, Sheffield Institute of Arts MA alumni, and artists and curators working in Sheffield

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Calling all staff! Save the date for the Creating Knowledge Conference – 18 June

All staff and PGR students are invited to the Creating Knowledge Conference, being held at Sheffield Hallam on Monday 18 June.

This one day, university-wide research conference will provide an opportunity to review the external context, share research and knowledge exchange activity, discuss our emerging research and impact platforms and identify new opportunities for collaboration.

The conference will start with coffee and registration at 9:30 in the Heartspace, City Campus.

So whether you’re already an established researcher, an early career researcher, your work supports research or you would like to get into research but aren’t sure how, please save the date. Information on how to register for the conference will be issued shortly, along with a call for papers.

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SNAPCHAT: Hallam academics talk hackers, blackmail and cyber security

Lily Canter, a principal lecturer in journalism, has written a piece published in The Sun about the risks of the social network Snapchat, following the news of a UK hacker targeting an individual’s account with blackmail. Scott Storey, an associate lecturer in cyber security, has also been quoted

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