On the road – to the Outer Hebrides

Two for the road: producer Grant Keir of Faction North and Virginia Heath looking forward to world première of Lift Share at EIFF. Photo: Richard Mowe

Director and Art and Design Research Centre Professor of Film, Virginia Heath and producer Grant Keir of Faction North will screen their short film, Lift Share, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) on the 27th June.

Edinburgh International Film Festival offers what the curators collectively describe as “a thrilling showcase of the finest brand-new short films from across the globe” in various thematic sections – Dream Images, Optics, Resistant Bodies and for UK talent Firecracker and Kaleidoscope.

The EIFF world premiere of Lift Share (in UK2: Kaleidoscope) marks the start of what they hope will be an attention-grabbing summer for the film with submissions to Locarno and Toronto to follow and who knows what else.

Shot over a crisp six days on the Isle of Harris and Lewis (Outer Hebrides), Lift Share is a road movie of sorts about a Romanian woman seeking to reunite with her lost child. She signs up for a lift with a musician setting out from Edinburgh to attend his estranged father’s funeral. Both have personal journeys and family conflicts to reconcile, unfolding in different time frames, as they head North.

The world première of Lift Share is part of EIFF Shorts – UK2: Kaleidoscope screening at Cineworld 18.20 on Wednesday 27 June.

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Getting ready for Windows 10

University PCs are being upgraded to a new operating system soon. Here are some things you can do now to prepare for it

Microsoft’s newest operating system will soon be installed on PCs across the University. It will be rolled out in phases over Summer and during the 2018/19 academic year. This is the same operating system many staff and students use on their own equipment and will be familiar to most people. We will be publishing more information about this soon and you will receive detailed instructions about what to do before you move but it’s worth making sure you’ve tidied up your files and that everything is stored in the right place – especially if you’re planning to be away over Summer.

What should I do now?

  1. Check all your files are stored in the right place so you don’t lose themWhen you move across to Windows 10 (or upgrade from an earlier version of Windows 10), Microsoft requires a reformat of your hard drive so anything you have stored on your C:Drive, D:Drive or desktop should be copied to another place. You will lose access to everything currently on your PC’s internal drive  (partitioned into your C:Drive and D:Drive) including your desktop. Make sure you’ve tidied up your files and saved everything you need so you will be able to find it after Windows 10 has been installed. This table may help you decide the best place to save files.  We will ask you to confirm that there is nothing important saved on your hard drive before you receive the new operating system.
  2. Watch out for the desktop assistant which will pop up on your PC screen shortly before the roll out.  You will be asked a series of questions so we understand the way it’s set up, what software you are using and check you have nothing saved on your hard drive.
  3. Get to know OneDrive so that you are used to working with it when you get the new version of Office. You can access this now through a browser by visiting go.shu.ac.uk/Office365. If you’re asked to log in, enter your username* in the format username@hallam.shu.ac.uk and your normal University password. (* Your username is the code you use to log into your University account  – eg if you log in using the code xy9422 then input xy9422@hallam.shu.ac.uk). If you’re planning to transfer a lot of files to this storage space, you might find it takes a little while. Some people prefer to leave it to run overnight. Also bear in mind that anything saved to a person’s OneDrive space will not be available after they have left the University – even if they have shared a link to the files.

Why is the University upgrading to Windows 10?

Using the Windows 10 operating system allows us to have the latest features and security updates which are required to keep the University protected. It also allows access to up-to-date software, including the latest version of Office, and automatically connects to files saved in your University OneDrive cloud storage area.

Windows 7 is no longer compatible with the latest hardware and some software – and the operating system is becoming out of date.  Most new equipment is now supplied with Windows 10 installed so we need to move to a more modern desktop.  It’s also what many students are already using and future employers are likely to expect people to be familiar with it.

There have been a few questions about D:Drives:

Why am I losing my D:Drive?

The new Windows 10 operating system provides frequent updates direct to your PC and there will also be a yearly deployment to all workstations to ensure we continue to have the latest operating system.  For most workstations, this update will be achieved by what’s known as a re-image which will reinstall a new version of the operating system on the disk, replacing all existing data.

When we installed the first University Managed Desktop in 1998, we used partitioned drives – back then, staff had very little network drive space and there weren’t alternative methods of storage. There are much better solutions now which are more secure and accessible from multiple devices. These are compliant with IT regulations, security and GDPR. Our Microsoft subscription provides us each with 1 terabyte of cloud storage in OneDrive which is easily accessible from different devices through a browser – and from your desktop in Windows 10. It integrates very well with other Office applications.

What’s the difference between my C:Drive, D:Drive and my Desktop?

The C:Drive is the partition used to store the operating system, applications and the special user folder known as the User Profile where some personal files and settings are stored by applications and the operating system.

The D:Drive is an additional partition, created on the hard disk that was created to allow users to store personal data before the advent of large amounts of personal network storage, USB drives or cloud storage.  Most people don’t use this storage space and having the D: partition causes a number of issues which are resolved by removing it.

Your desktop is one of the special user folders within a User Profile. It has always been recommended that important files are not kept on the desktop because they could easily be lost and are not retrievable.

What if I have a separate, stand-alone hard drive?

Some users have an additional separate external drive (which people occasionally refer to as a D:Drive) for a specific reason. This is not the same as your D:Partion and you will not lose access to files stored there when you receive Windows 10. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact IT Help.

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Huge student debts are unfair. Let’s move towards a graduate contribution

Chris Husbands (Vice-Chancellor) has written an article about student fees for The Guardian.  Read the article here.

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Work on the Knowledge Gateway begins

This project to transform the corridor running along the Lower Sheaf to the Porter Valley, including Sheffield Midland station is underway. The site compound is to be on Esperanto Place and contractors have begun to establish themselves on site, with initial works starting on Harmer Lane. The full programme is still being developed but we will keep you up to date as we know more.

The project is led by Sheffield City Council to improve links between several key destinations, including the Cultural Industries Quarter, Digital Campus and Sheffield Hallam University campus. It will enhance accessibility and safety as well as the environment in order to encourage new investment and jobs in an area with significant potential for growth. Key locations such as Fitzalan Square and streets such as Esperanto Place and Paternoster Row will be transformed as part of the initiative.

For more info you can visit: http://www.welcometosheffield.co.uk/business/developments/the-knowledge-gateway

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Hallam top of the class for being disability confident

Sheffield Hallam University is celebrating after being named a top ‘Disability Confident’ employer.

The University, which employs over 4,000 staff, is one of only two in Sheffield to have achieved the status.

Staff worked with disabled employees to find out how their lives could be improved at work through a survey and discussion groups.

SHU had already attained Level 2 Disability Confident status – the second highest rating – but has now been named a Disability Confident Leader – the top rating.

In order to achieve the status the university had to show evidence of its current policies, support and practice and pledge an ongoing commitment to improving the experiences of disabled staff.

The evidence was verified by an independent external organisation and submitted to the Department of Work and Pensions for approval.

Sally Jackson, director of human resources and organisational development at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We are delighted that our efforts to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment for our disabled staff have paid off.

“We made a commitment to create a safe and welcoming environment and last year began a piece of work to try and understand the experience of disabled staff at the university.

  “We contacted all staff who declare a disability on their record and asked them a number of questions through a survey and discussion groups.

“We’ve been working hard over the past six months to act upon the feedback we received.”

Three themes emerged – improving transparency of support and information, improving the consistency of support from managers and workplace adjustments and giving disabled staff the confidence to progress and develop.

Sally added: “The work will not stop here. We will be reviewing and updating all guidance available for staff and managers related to disability to include further information relating to reasonable adjustments; we are looking into the introduction of disability work experience placements across the university and we are relaunching our Staff and Disability Network Group.”

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Revolutionary neck support technology transforms lives of MND patients

A revolutionary neck collar designed to ease pain and make everyday tasks such as eating and communicating much easier for patients living with motor neurone disease (MND) is now available to healthcare professionals and individuals across the world.

The Head Up collar, which was funded by the National Institute for Health Research’s (NIHR) Invention for Innovation (i4i) programme and the Motor Neurone Association, is the first of its kind and has been brought to market as a result of an innovative five-year project by Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield, and the NIHR Devices for Dignity (D4D) MedTech Co-operative, which is hosted by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Patients with MND helped to design the unique collar which, unlike those currently available, offers personalised support to the collection of small muscles in the neck which are particularly vulnerable to the wasting effects of the debilitating disease.

Following a successful multi-centre clinical trial the collar has been made available to purchase from Chesterfield-based manufacturing company TalarMade, who have more than 30 years’ experience in developing clinical innovations for use in rehabilitative and orthotic practice.

MND is a debilitating condition that destroys the cells that control movement, leaving sufferers unable to move, walk, talk and eventually breathe. Treatments are very limited, and most patients with the disease are only expected to live two to five years after diagnosis.

A frequent problem caused by MND is the loss of strength in the neck, causing patients heads to droop to the side or the front. Until now, many head supports available to MND patients resemble the restrictive braces used after a trauma – such as a car crash. Alternatives include soft fabric collars.

The trauma collars typically restrict any residual head movement with many patients finding them very uncomfortable, bulky and visually unappealing and therefore choose not to wear them. The soft fabric collars offer little support and tend to make patients feel hot and sweaty.

MND patients experiencing problems with the existing collars approached clinicians and researchers from the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust who, with the help of designers from Sheffield Hallam University’s Lab4Living, have invented the pioneering collar.

Andrew Stanton, medical design researcher at Lab4Living and a member of the team that designed the Head Up collar, said: “The whole ethos of this project, from the very start, has been collaboration. The project team was made up of healthcare professionals, designers and engineers.

“As a group, we worked with those people living with MND and their carers, to understand their needs and hopes for the product and their contribution throughout the whole process helped us to get where we are today.

“By working together, we all learned from each other and collectively helped to design and develop the Head Up neck orthosis, bringing forward a prototype that suited the requirements of the healthcare professionals and, most importantly, the lives of those people living with MND and their carers.”

He added: “We are excited that the product is now available to patients around the world, with Sheffield – the universities and local NHS – bringing a life-changing and life-enhancing healthcare product to market.”

Lead clinician in the Head Up project, Chris McDermott, professor of translational neurology at the University of Sheffield and Consultant Neurologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, said: “MND is a terrible disease, and what we need is a cure that stops people from dying from the condition.

“While something like this collar is not going to change the disease course, we hope it will help improve patients’ quality of life and help them get the most out of what they can do.

“The Head Up collar was very much designed by patients for patients. We listened to what matters to them and what will have the greatest impact on their quality of life.

“The special collaboration of leading clinicians, researchers, designers, manufacturers and the patients themselves have been working tirelessly for the past five-years to bring the idea to life.

“The concept itself seems extremely simple and we couldn’t believe something like this hadn’t been developed and patented before.

“We are hoping the collar will continue to evolve and be improved as further advances are made, however the feedback we have already received from patients is extremely promising and it is wonderful to hear the impact it is already having on their lives.”

Produced in collaboration with NIHR Devices for Dignity (D4D) and the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA), the Head Up collar has already been trialled by over 100 MND patients – 80 per cent of whom felt the collar helped them and they wanted to carry on using the collar after the trial.

Clinical Director of NIHR D4D, Professor Wendy Tindale, said: “D4D has been a real catalyst in enabling the Head Up collar to be developed and made accessible to patients.

“Gathering the evidence about how it has helped people with MND has been a really important part of the journey and has helped in ensuring the product got to market.”

Manufacturer TalarMade enhanced the original design of the Head Up collar to provide patients with extra comfort, better aesthetics and the use of Outlast thermal regulatory material in order to keep patients cool.

TalarMade Managing Director, Ian Leddy, said: “When TalarMade became involved in the project, we were able to quickly identify a number of material improvements to the original prototype based on our vast knowledge of material technology and technical design within the orthopaedic marketplace.

“We used Outlast technology which is a temperature regulating material designed initially for NASA to line space suits. It uses phase change materials that absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort.

“The improvements we made to the collar included support struts which can be moulded to form fit any shape, a microgrip lining to the struts to allow multiple re-positioning without slippage and changes to the fastening to allow for better conformity and fitting to the individual patient.

“The combination of all of these materials has resulted in a fantastic product which will deliver high levels of patient outcome and compliance.”

Martin Hunt, NIHR i4i Programme Director, said: “The Head Up device is a vital innovation demonstrating real improvement in quality of life for people living with MND.

“I’m proud that the i4i Programme has supported the development of Head Up from the outset. For me it’s a shining example of what we set out to achieve through the i4i Programme – a bridge between promising innovations and provision of interventions for patient benefit.”

Significant interest has been shown in the MND neck collar, with 25 NHS Trusts already using the product with suitable patients.

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HESA Staff Return 2017/18 – Please check your record

The University is required to return anonymised staff data to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Agency) every year. This return is high profile and important to the University as it is used to inform:

  • Funding decisions
  • Government policy
  • League tables
  • News and media coverage
  • Monitoring of equality and diversity in the sector
  • Internal performance reviews and planning

All uses of the HESA Staff Record must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. From 25 May 2018, the DPA will be replaced by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All uses of HESA information will comply with the GDPR from that date onwards. You can find out more in the HESA Staff Collection Notice.

New fields have been added for this year so please check your record is complete and as accurate as possible including any new qualifications. This should only take a couple of minutes.

Please access the Staff HESA Return page on this link and follow the step by step instructions.

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GDPR – how you play your part

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was applied to the UK on the 25th May,  is intended to update and strengthen the data protection legislation in EU member states and although many requirements are the same as the current UK Data Protection Act 1998 there are some key changes. Many of these are being addressed centrally but as members of staff we all have a personal responsibility to ensure that the University is compliant. The information below will help you do that:

Some staff groups such as researchers have already received dedicated guidance but as more support (e.g. training) is offered to all staff you will be notified via Eview (the University staff newsletter), your faculty/directorate channels (ACES News, The ACES Brief)  and your area’s respective GDPR Implementation Group member (Sue Hughes for ACES).

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We’re taking part in the Move More Workplace Challenge – join us!

The competition runs from 1-30 June and includes many organisations and companies across Sheffield all aiming to make our city the most active city in the UK by 2020.

By joining this challenge you can help SHU and your team climb the rankings whilst enjoying the benefits to your wellbeing.

It isn’t always easy to keep active, especially at work, but you might be surprised at how a small increase in your physical activity and being part of a team can have a big impact on how you feel.

Taking the stairs or getting off the bus or tram a few stops early are great places to start. You’ll also notice a Move More Hopscotch appear outside the Heart of the Campus as part of the ‘Turn the City into a Playground’ theme. Take a look at the Move More Finder to browse or search for activities in Sheffield and keep an eye on the staff wellbeing page to keep up to date on events in and around SHU.

Know of a Move More event happening in your area? Let us know by e-mailing ! Staff Wellbeing or via Twitter @HallamStaff.

How do I get involved?

We are already registered as a competing organisation so you can register your account and sign up or join your team by visiting the Workplace Challenge webpage or via the Move More app.

Teams are limited to 10 people per team, but feel free to ask others to set-up rival teams if your directorate/department is bigger than 10. If you can see your team name from previous years feel free to use it again.

How it works

Your ‘active minutes’ are added up and contribute to the total for your team and the organisation. You can download the Move More App to track all of your active minutes or use your own devices and apps like pedometers, Strava or a Fitbit. You will be able to choose how you’d like to measure your minutes once you’ve signed up.

If you use a pedometer you will be able to manually input your steps to your Move More dashboard, which will convert these into active minutes.

More about Move More

Move more is a city wide initiative aimed at making Sheffield the most active city in the UK by 2020, leading to meaningful improvements in the health and wellbeing of the population. You can learn more about MoveMore here: https://www.movemoresheffield.com/about


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Review of Milan Design Week by Design Insider Live – featuring work from SHU students

This year 6 of our final year product and furniture students and 1 SHU alumni travelled to exhibit at the Salone Satellite, Salone del Mobile – the biggest design exhibition in the world – during Milan Design Week.  The students had a fantastic experience, gained important creative and commercial insight and made some important contacts. This was a great platform for not only our students and their design work – but also for the course, SIA and the University as a whole.

Please see the link below to view a film produced by Design Insider Live (BCFA) during Milan Design Week.  

It features some of the work exhibited by our students (notably Bea Bray and Sam Petz). Bea can be seen in the short video being interviewed by representatives of the BCFA design insider team. Further films are due to be released in due course.



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