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
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 email@example.com (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.
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”
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
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
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.
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.
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.