Furniture Design Graduate wins national Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Design Award

Bea Bray a recent SIA Product + Furniture Design graduate was awarded the Young Furniture Makers Bespoke Design Award at the Exhibition in London.  Bea was encouraged to enter this National design competition and happily, she was able to claim the top prize in a high quality competition, which comprised of work submitted by some of the best recent furniture design graduates and postgraduates in the country.

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SHU Fashion Graduate talks to Texintel

Recent SHU Fashion Graduate Aminah Hamzaoui talks to Texintel about fashion and the future – read the full article here

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Introducing the Skills Centre

The Skills Centre brings together two previously separate teams (Academic Skills and Specialist Study Skills) into one new service.

The Skills Centre offers workshops, small group forums, and drop ins for all students as well as 30 minute one to one tutorials for students who have declared a learning difference like dyslexia.

They have been developing a new referral process for the 1-1 tutorials and  will send out details about this in a few weeks.

Sessions are available at Adsetts and Collegiate Libraries and they also offer off campus support including webinars and online resources.

Students can access information about our service on our website ( and book themselves onto sessions via the website or through UniHub.

They have also produced a new induction video about the Skills Centre (

The Skills Centre are keen to raise awareness of  their service and to develop collaborative working to better understand and meet the needs of students and staff.  They are happy to attend a team meeting or induction event to give a short presentation and /or discussion about our service. They are also interested in discussing ideas for ways in which we can work together effectively and in a sustainable way.

If you have any questions, please contact Susannah Diamond.




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Heritage Open Days 2018

See behind the scenes of the Old Head Post Office, now beautifully restored as the Sheffield Institute of Arts and explore the 175 year history of Sheffield’s art school.

Derelict for twenty years, the Old Head Post Office, fondly remembered by generations of Sheffielders, reopened in 2016 after careful restoration as Sheffield Institute of Arts (part of Sheffield Hallam University). This year, the Institute celebrates its 175th birthday and for Heritage Open Day we will showcase our own rich history – from humble beginnings in a rented room above the Glossop Road public baths in 1843, to one of the UK’s leading art schools.

Behind-the-scenes tours of our building, led by our lectures, will show visitors how the former sorting offices and telephone exchange provide workshops and studios for our students, whilst the old counter area is a beautiful gallery and café.

In our gallery our exhibition ‘The Augmented House Museum’ shows researcher Caroline Claisse’s work with volunteers at historic house museums on interactive heritage exhibits. On Friday, there will be a public preview of the exhibition, introduced by Nick Rosco from Sheffield’s Bishop’s House.

Our display of our 175 year history focusses on some of the extraordinary women who have studied and worked here, from Pre-Raphaelite Lizzie Sidal to pioneering feminist film practice the Sheffield Film Co-op. We’ll be screening Esther Johnson’s ‘Without Brutality’, a collection of films made by students 1969-1993, and our history project ‘Where Bombs Fell’ documents the Sheffield Blitz – see for information on the project and to book onto a guided walking tour.

Opening Times

Friday 7 September: 1800-2000
Saturday 8 September: 1000-1600

Booking is required for tours and events, no booking necessary to see our exhibitions and visit our café.

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Sheffield Hallam research finds UK manufacturing are preparing for a no-deal Brexit

A new report from our Department on Engineering and Mathematics and SSG Insight has found that 83% of British manufacturers are preparing for a hard Brexit and actively forging new relationships with ‘Rest of the World’ territories.

Nearly half of manufacturing companies have identified Asia (44%), as well as the Americas, Africa and the Middle East as focus areas for the future. The proactive, global outlook is helping to cement what could be viewed as a bullish mood among British manufacturers about their prospects post Brexit, despite an expected dramatic drop in orders from EU-based countries.

This latest industry snapshot draws on extensive research amongst the UK’s leading manufacturing executives. The report, Harnessing Brexit, Technology and Insight: British Manufacturers, a Competitive Edge in an Age of Uncertainty and Opportunity, is co-authored by Dr Hongwei Zhang and Professor Sameh Saad from Sheffield Hallam University and Jon Moody of SSG Insight, an asset management company.

It discusses the optimism and concern around two of the most critical challenges facing modern Britain: Brexit and the relentless rise of technology, particularly in the form of Industry 4.0.

The report reveals that manufacturers are more than twice as likely to point to global competition than Brexit when asked what they consider to be the biggest challenge disrupting the industry, closely followed by the Internet of Things and capability to handle data from connected technologies.

With a requirement to scale up volume easily to meet demand from Rest of World territories, Brexit and the shift of focus beyond the EU is expected to accelerate the use of AI and automation on UK factory floors, driving down the cost of production and speeding up product development on the route to new markets. As such, more than half (59%) of UK manufacturers are intending to invest in smart, connected technology to drive forward international growth. This compares to 20% planning to invest in machinery and hardware, 18% investing in research and development and 17% investing in sales and marketing.

Dr Zhang, principal lecturer in the Department of Engineering and Mathematics, said: “With numerous Brexit scenarios on the horizon and hard Brexit a very real threat, our research has found that Britain’s manufacturing sector is showing determination to remain resilient through this tumultuous period.”

Key recommendations of the report include:

  • Manufacturers should plan for the most disruptive Brexit outcome to mitigate the immediate structural changes triggered by the UK leaving the EU
  • Technology should be harnessed to ensure that British manufacturers compete and thrive with their new trading partners
  • Strategies for the continuous upskilling of employees should be developed to ensure British manufacturers keep pace with technological innovation

Jon Moody, chief product officer at SSG Insight, said: “It’s clear from our research that British manufacturers are resolute as the UK enters a new era. Although there are concerns over tariff rates and regulatory barriers, many are actively forging relationships with new territories throughout the world. A confidence is very much emerging from the uncertainty.”

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The Knowledge Gateway – updated 2018 schedule

Work has already begun on the Knowledge Gateway, transforming the corridor running from Fitzalan Square outside the Head Post Office, through the Hallam campus to Brown Street just past the HUBs. Sheffield City Council has shared their current project timeline for 2018 although the work is expected to continue into mid-2019. We will keep you up to date on any major disruptions and changes to the schedule.

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Robots not war

A student project between Sheffield Robotics of the University of Sheffield and the Institute of Arts of Sheffield starring robots as actors was featured on RoboHub. The film has been partially funded by the OnCampUS Placement framework.

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Introducing ‘Random Coffee at SHU’

Are you interested in meeting colleagues from other areas? Do you want to find out about other areas?  If so, why not sign up to ‘Random Coffee at SHU’

Random Coffee is a simple idea* where colleagues from across the university are paired up at random each month to meet for a coffee (or another drink) and a chat.  The idea is that this will get us connected with people we wouldn’t necessarily meet through our day to day roles, helping us to make connections and to understand more about our colleagues and the different areas of the university.

To find out more, or to sign up see

* the original idea, known as ‘randomised coffee trails’, was developed by Nesta – the innovation foundation.

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Hallam student wins New Designers Kingfisher Design Talent Award

Congratulation to Samuel Heath who has designed a drill for use by climbers.

The Kingfisher Design Talent Award, will be given to a product design that reflects a deep understanding of consumer needs and demonstrates solutions and functions that make everyday life in the home easier.  It will also demonstrate creativity, sustainability and commercial understanding.

The judges commented on the solution driven product with clever functions.  Potential versatility in terms of evolving and growing, clearly communicated idea and design intent.

Samuel will be awarded a 6 months paid internship with the Kingfisher Design Team in their studio based in London or Lille

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Sheffield Pride 2018 – Join the march

As Sheffield Hallam University continues to be involved in a number of LGBT+ initiatives, new opportunities present themselves. This year we want to make a large impact in the march and the city. We should be proud of how diverse & inclusive the University is. So this year we have a 6ft Sheffield Hallam branded Pride banner. The idea is to get as many people as possible to walk behind this banner to show solidarity.

Details: Saturday 28th July, March: 12pm-1pm, Please sign up and we will be in touch with more details.


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