Is 2018 the year you take on a challenge? Then join the team running the Sheffield Half Marathon!

We are bringing staff together to join #TeamHallam and run the Sheffield Half Marathon on Sunday 8 April 2018  for the Hallam Fund.  Last year 40 staff set off on the picturesque route from Sheffield and raised almost £4,000 to support our students.  Some of our 2017 team are back for more running and fundraising this year – will you join them?

By taking part, you will be raising money to support our students from care backgrounds, those estranged from their families and young carers to help improve social inclusion and ensure family breakdown does not act as a barrier to education, opportunity and success. Funds raised last year had a great impact and helped launch the Estranged Student Transition Fund  which meant Josie (who has been estranged from her family since she was 14) had  help to move to Sheffield to start her course.

Joining #TeamHallam means you benefit from discounted race entry  and 2 months free membership to Hallam Active – including access to all fitness classes, the City Athletic Stadium, access to physio and personal training advice. You will also be supported to fundraise throughout the campaign.

Even if you do not take part in the event, you can still support your colleagues who are and donate to the Hallam Fund. The team target is £5000, please donate here: If you have already secured your place for the half marathon, it is not too late to join #TeamHallam.

If you would like to get involved and support the Hallam Fund, please e mail Louise Syder in the Development and Alumni Relations Office by Friday 9 February.

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Book your place: Transforming Lives strategy update sessions

Starting this month, there are new monthly Transforming Lives strategy update sessions, which will give you the opportunity to hear directly from the project leads who will update you on the strategy implementation happening every day at Hallam. There will also be the chance to ask any questions you may have.

The following sessions are now live and tickets can be booked here:

Wednesday 24 January (1-2pm), Adsetts 6620 and

Thursday 25 January (12-1pm), Heart of the Campus HC006

  • Christina Hughes (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience) will be speaking about the work under the Shaping Futures pillar board. This will include how the programme is organised, the areas of work including current priorities, deliverables, milestones and how these will achieve the KPIs and positively impact the student experience. Christina will also provide current thinking on future focus areas, next steps and how colleagues can contribute within their roles.
  • Sarah Swales(Assistant Director of Human Resources & Organisational Development) will be providing an update on the Hallam Deal, in particular reflecting on the feedback we’ve received from staff in the open sessions that we’ve been running.

Slides and notes will be shared following the sessions; these will be available on the Strategy intranet page as quickly as possible.

Coming soon – save the date

Monday 26 February (12-1pm), Heart of the Campus HC006

Wednesday 28 February (1-2pm), Adsetts 6620

  • Speakers and booking information will be confirmed soon; these, and subsequent months’ events, will be advertised on the staff intranet homepage.
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Dozens of projects announced as EPSRC welcomes Year of Engineering

As the Year of Engineering gets underway, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced support for 28 pioneering new research projects.

EPSRC, alongside the UK’s other Research Councils and Innovate UK, is supporting the Year of Engineering, a year-long government-wide campaign to celebrate UK engineering and inspire a new generation into engineering careers.

Throughout 2018, hundreds of organisations across the UK will showcase the world of engineering and look to inspire the next generation of engineers by bringing young people face-to-face with engineering experiences and role models.

And as the Year of Engineering is launched, Monday 15 January 2018, EPSRC has announced an investment of £6.6 million through the Engineering for a Prosperous Nation call to support projects with potentially transformative impact in fields ranging from autonomous vehicles to energy storage and healthcare technology.

As part of the Engineering for a Prosperous Nation call, EPSRC encouraged bids for creative, novel engineering research projects with the potential to contribute to EPSRC’s four Prosperity Outcomes for the UK.

Applicants submitted anonymous outline proposals before pitching their ideas in a Dragon’s Den-style interview process.

Twenty-eight projects at 17 different universities, including Sheffield Hallam University have been supported, with grants awarded to researchers across all career stages and representing a diverse range of fields.

Read more about the EPSRC’s article  here

Read more about Dr Paul Bingham’s (MERI) successful bid here

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DESIGN: Newspaper design expert unpicks The Guardian’s major redesign

Arlene Lawler, associate lecturer in newspaper, magazine and web design at Hallam, has written a piece for The Conversation analysing The Guardian’s most significant format shift, from Berliner to tabloid format. Arlene unpicks their redesign effort and whether the paper is staying true to its identity.

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FILM: Hallam lecturer featured on BBC Radio Sheffield talking about upcoming film awards season

Dr Ruth Deller, a reader in media and communications has spoken to BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards about the film awards season [listen again from 2:09:45]. Chatting about the nominations for the Golden Globes, the BAFTAS and the Oscars, as well as the latest releases and all things film

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New funding awarded to Odd: feeling different in the world of education

Sheffield Hallam University is a partner in a new project, led by Manchester Metropolitan University, to explore the troubling experiences of young people who do not find it easy to ‘fit in’ at school. The project has been awarded a large research grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). This research was developed in partnership with the school where the research will be located, selected for its diverse local communities.

 The research will run for three years. It aims to:

  • investigate the experiences of, and repercussions for, children who do not find it easy to ‘fit in’ at school;
  • identify what odd-ness gives to culture and mobilise its potential for children, school staff and families; 
  • develop alternative inclusive education practices, and inform policy and professional training;
  • contribute to interdisciplinary theory and methodology, and develop protocols for collaborations across the fields of art, anthropology and education.

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FOOD ENGINEERING: Expert comments on how the UK lags behind in automation

Dr Martin Howarth, director of the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, was interviewed by The Economist for a feature on potential gaps in the UK workforce following Brexit. For use of robotics is one solution but Dr Howarth points out that Britain is lagging behind other countries for use of automation in industries such as food manufacturing

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JOANNA BURNS: Maths event takes place to encourage more girls into maths, in memory of former student

A maths workshop event featuring more than 100 local school pupils in memory of a former Hallam student who died last year has taken place. Joana Burns had just finished her degree in maths when she died after taking MDMA. Her mother, Mosca, attended the event, organised by Claire Cornock, course leader, and met some of the students who attended. Mosca was interviewed by BBC Look North about Joana, her time at Hallam and how she hopes her daughter will be remembered. You can watch the interview with Mosca from Look North from 07:50 in the above link [available until 7pm tonight]. Excerpts from the interview have been used on the BBC News website and also on BBC East Midlands

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WHAT LIES BENEATH: Lecturer writes about Sheffield’s secret tunnels

Journalism lecturer, Dr David Clarke speaks to Exposed magazine about his forthcoming public talk at the Central Library about what really lies beneath the streets of Sheffield.

“Imagine: some Games of Thrones style hall waiting to be discovered. Old paintings of the actual castle showed a drawbridge, two large vesting towers on top – it was quite the structure.”


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SELF-HEALING MATERIALS: Hallam’s project has received wide news coverage

The three-year project with the University of Bristol, which is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will look into developing new materials made up of biological and non-biological parts which could be capable of self-healing, with MERI co-leading on developing the implementation and testing of these new materials. The story has been picked up by the BBC website (scroll to the 16:09 entry on 10 Jan), was on throughout earlier news bulletins on Radio Sheffield (listen again from 03:36), the Yorkshire Post, the Bristol Post (PDF versions of these articles available on request), Eureka Magazine and Engineering Materials magazine. You can also read the full story on our Media Centre

Dr Paul Bingham was interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield. You can listen to the interview again from 01:24:45. Dr Paul Race, from the University of Bristol is the principal lecturer on the project and was interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme [listen again from 01:43:55]. Additional coverage has also appeared in Global Manufacturing, Bionity, and The Manufacturer

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