TACKLING HATE CRIME: Hallam has been awarded funding to address concerns of hate crime

Hallam has been awarded funding to address concerns of hate crime and harassment on campus

Sheffield Hallam is one of over 40 universities and colleges to be awarded grants totalling £1.8 million from the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund.  The project at Hallam will enhance positive relationships between different groups across the University and Students’ Union. It forms the second phase of HEFCE’s Catalyst Fund, which previously awarded the University funding for its project to address concerns about sexual violence and harassment on campus. The second phase of funding has been issued in response to a report by the Universities UK Harassment Task Force, which explored the nature and scale of hate crime in higher education, and highlighted a need for institutions to respond more effectively. It has been covered in The Yorkshire Post and you can read more on our Media Centre

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HERTHA AYRTON STEM CENTRE: New centre officially opened

Last week saw the official opening of Hallam’s Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre. BBC Radio Sheffield reported live from the new facility  and news reports about the centre ran throughout the day on the station’s news bulletins, including interviews with Rhiannon Jones [listen from 03:01], a recent electrical engineering graduate who hosted the event. Radio Sheffield also recorded a video with Rhiannon and Dr Karen Vernon-Parry, deputy head of department for engineering and mathematics, which appeared on their Facebook and twitter feeds. You can also read more on our Media Centre.

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Opportunity to contribute to the University’s work on gender equality

The Athena SWAN charter was originally established to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employment in higher education and research. The Award has now been extended to encompass gender equality across all academic disciplines, for all staff groups and students, as well as work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

The University’s Athena SWAN work is overseen by the Gender Equality Operational Group. We are looking for an enthusiastic student, male or female, to work with this group to input from a research student perspective.

If you would like to contribute to this work, please contact Professor Nicola Woodroofe n.woodroofe@shu.ac.uk  (Head of the Biomedical Sciences Research Centre and Chair of the SHU Gender Equality Operational Group) by Friday 20th October. Please include a short (max. 200 words) summary of why you’re interested and what experience or perspectives you would bring to the group.

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Physics World Publication

Well done to Robin Smith, who recently joined us as a lecturer in physics, he has had the following article published in Physics World (link below)

“Experiments shed new light on how life-giving carbon is forged in stars”

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2017/oct/11/experiments-shed-new-light-on-how-life-giving-carbon-is-forged-in-stars

 

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AlgoMech Festival – 08-12th November 2017

AlgoMech festival is a celebration of Algorithms and Mechanisms in the arts, taking place in Sheffield UK 8-12th November 2017.

Robot musicians, hacked accordions & gramophones, e-textiles, live coding, kinetic art, sonic machines and a full-on algorithmic rave. A weekend of performances, talks and workshops which celebrate mechanisms and algorithms across music and the arts. Taking place in Millennium Gallery and Access Space venues in Sheffield City Centre, supported by Arts Council England, PRS Foundation and European Research Council.

This is the second edition of the festival, and is curated by Alex McLean (http://slab.org), co-founder of the Algorave movement.

See http://algomech.com/ for the full programme, including installations, talks and hands-on workshops

 

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Refurbishment work in Adsetts Library

Refurbishment work is being undertaken within the Adsetts Library to convert former staff offices into bookable student group work rooms on levels 2, 3 and 5, with the staff space on level 7 also being refurbished as part of this project.

The Estates department is working with the contractor to minimise the disruption caused to students within the building, including the lecture theatres, however it is likely that some disruption will be caused at times. With this in mind we are working with the contractor to review all potential mitigation options to reduce the disruption, including moving some works out of hours.

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience this work causes and we are grateful for your patience whilst this work is undertaken. The work is due to be completed by 15th December 2017. Please contact the Estates office on 0114 225 2069 if you have any questions

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VIRTUAL REALITY: Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University receive £50,000 funding

VIRTUAL REALITY: Researchers from Sheffield Hallam University have received £50,000 in funding to lead on revolutionary work looking into how virtual reality can help injured children through painful rehabilitation

In a partnership between Hallam, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust the project, currently dubbed ‘VR Rehab PlayRoom’, aims to develop interactive VR scenarios which will require the children to perform the required exercises for them to progress through a game. The research is featured in Sheffield Chamber. The story has previously been covered by the Yorkshire Post, the Sheffield Telegraph and Business Quarter

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FINGERPRINT TECHNOLOGY: Extensive national coverage of pioneering fingerprint technology

Dr Simona Francese from the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre has been speaking about a ground-breaking fingerprint profiling method, developed at Sheffield Hallam, which can provide an in-depth analysis of fingerprints at crime scenes. The technique uses a form of mass spectromerty to detect traces of various substances within a fingerprint. The pioneering technology has been on trial with West Yorkshire Police which saw it successfully implemented during an investigation into a case of harassment. The technology can test for traces of drugs, blood, hair and other molecules to provide a bigger picture of the criminal and assist the case. The sophisticated technology can also detect whether the suspect had handled a condom, what gender they are and what food that had eaten. Project lead Dr Simona Francese said the technology had been used to detect blood in a 30-year-old print, meaning it could be used in cold case reviews. The Home Office has invested funding in the project and it could soon be admissible in court and researchers hope to see the technology be used in high-profile cases.

Dr Francese appeared live on BBC Breakfast (with the interview at around 8.10am), she was also interviewed on Radio 4’s Today Programme (listen again from 02:56:37), Radio 5 Live (listen again from 00:54:57), BBC World Service and regional BBC radio stations across the country.  It also is the most-read story on the BBC website and you can read more on our media centre.

Further coverage has appeared in the Metro, Independent, The Sun, The Times, ITV News, Mail Online, international titles such as MSN Germany and the BBC World Service.

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World Mental Health Day – University Mental Health Hub

Today is “World Mental Health Day” and this year’s theme is “Mental Health within the workplace”. In support of this a university mental health hub has been created on the staff wellbeing site.

The hub aims to centralise all existing mental health support available to members of staff at SHU. A broad range of support is available from 1-2-1 confidential support and self-help resources through to guidance for line managers when supporting teams.

As part of the hub launch, 2 brand new training courses are now being offered to staff via the CORE portal: “Mental Health First Aid” and “Mental Health & Wellbeing: Supporting your staff”.

For more information on all of the above, please visit the Mental Health hub.

 

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FOOD PACKAGING: Design Futures packaging expert discusses food packaging in the NHS

Healthcare catering operators, NHS buyers and suppliers are being urged to use their influence to help make food and drink packs easier to open. A coalition of caterers, NHS staff, dietitians, suppliers, academics and patients is encouraging the catering industry to get behind moves to make single-portion food and drink packs easier to open. Alaster Yoxall, principal research fellow in Hallam’s Design Futures, spoke to Cost Sector Catering about the issues.

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