Good luck SHU Racing Team!

Our SHU Racing Team will be at Silverstone this weekend, racing their nifty new car.

In celebration of all their hard work, take at look at their journey…

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Family Fun Day 2018

Join us for a for a fun-filled day of subject-themed interactive activities such as arts and crafts, competitions, experiments, sports and the launch of our Art-themed treasure hunt around the campus.

The Family Fun Day,  suitable for children aged 4-13 years old and their families, is a free fun-packed day that takes place on Friday 27th July at City Campus from 10am – 3pm.

No need to book – just turn up and head to Hallam Square to get your sticker and programme of activities.

For all the latest information, make sure you follow the Facebook event page. You can find it by clicking here.


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Internal Communications Survey – deadline 13th July 2018

The Recruitment, Reputation and Outreach (RRO) strand of PSOM has identified internal staff communications as a priority area for immediate focus. To help inform the evidence gathering stage, there is a very short survey which all staff are invited to complete to share their views on internal communications that they receive. We would value your input into understanding current thoughts and feelings on how we communicate with and engage staff.

You can access the survey at:

This short survey should only take 3-4 minutes to complete; it covers all internal comms and engagement activity, both in terms of the central internal comms teams and dedicated resource within Faculties and Directorates, as well as a range of channels – for example: emails and newsletters; meetings, events, and staff sessions; the staff intranet; blog posts; and social media. When responding to questions, please consider all the above in general – there is also an opportunity to provide greater insight and detail in free-text questions at the end of the survey.

This survey will close at the end of this week, on Friday 13 July at 5pm.

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Sponsored Walk – Thank You and Well Done

Well done to everyone who participated in the sponsored walk for Chris Breen on Saturday and to everyone who has sponsored us so far.  It was a great day with good turnout of MERI staff, PhD students, friends and family and some of Chris’s family participated too. Well done to everyone who participated, particularly to the hard-core who made it to the end – attached are the before and after pictures of everyone who took part.

If you would like to make a donation, there is still time. We will leave the donations page up for a few weeks:

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Environmentally friendly-version of classic boardgame wins student award

Design student Shannon Williamson has won a RSA Student Award in the Fair Play category for her work developing ‘PolyPoly’ – a version of the Monopoly board game, created by recycling the cardboard from the original game itself, but with an environmentally conscious message, reports Digital Arts

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BGI announces Sheffield as its new national HQ

It was announced last week, that the British Games Institute (BGI) will be moving to Sheffield, along with the National Videogame Arcade (NVA), currently located in Nottingham.

This is a fantastic coup for Sheffield and a great testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff on the games courses, which were cited as one of the key reasons to bring the BGI to Sheffield.

“Our move to Sheffield is a big statement for BGI.  After looking at multiple locations across the UK, we’ve chosen Sheffield because it has a vibrant creative technology sector, a fantastic track record in games led by Sumo Digital, one of the best games universities in Sheffield Hallam and a growth-focused culture.” – Rick Gibson, CEO of BGI

Sheffield Hallam will be working with the BGI on some exciting projects going forward, You can visit the National Videogame Arcade when it opens in its new Castlegate site at the end of October this year.

Read more here – TheBGI


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‘Life is Beautiful. Always.’ – Virtual Reality experience

‘Life is Beautiful. Always.’ is a virtual reality (VR) experience created as part of an ongoing collaboration with multi-disciplinary expressionist artist, Marcel Schreur. Featuring a cyclical, non-linear narrative, the VR experience presents an emotive, thought provoking and challenging exploration into Schreur’s unique life experience and approach to art practice as a thirty year oral cancer and seven year vascular dementia survivor. The work generates a space that allows participants to view aspects of their own mental process through a lens of difference and disability, and to reflect on the varying foundations and formations of these processes between people of all levels of ability.

The work calls for integration, compassion for the vulnerable and weak in life threatening illnesses and mental health issues and a shift in the benchmark about our thoughts on life. The VR experience allows participants to connect with the personal life-experience of Schreur and some of the physical and emotional aspects of mental disability in an innovative and highly intimate way. Participants are invited to connect with the foundations of their own mental processes, to break through these processes as they are habitually understood and reveal the underlying common elements shared between people of all abilities.

 ‘Life is Beautiful. Always.’ has been developed to be presented on the Oculus Rift platform as part of an installation that includes projection, sound, painting and sculpture work by Marcel Schreur. Participants are invited to view the installation, within which they can then engage with the VR experience. After participating in the VR experience, response will be captured in the form of short recorded audio and/or written comments.

This will be the first exhibition of the work to the public. The exhibition opens on 28th June and continues until 1st July at Access’s Grace Unit, Fitzalan Square, Sheffield, S1 2AY

Opening times 12pm – 6pm daily.

There will also be an opening reception with a glass of wine and some nibbles on Friday the 29th of June – 6.30pm – 10pm

Entrance to the exhibition is free

You can watch a trailer of the VR work here

Facebook Event

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Transforming Lives – July Strategy Sessions

This is your invitation to a Transforming Lives strategy session in July. The sessions give all staff the opportunity to hear updates directly from the project leads on the strategy implementation plan happening every day at Hallam. There will also be the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

For more information on the Transforming Lives strategy visit:

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

  • Tuesday 17 July (11.30am-12.30pm), HC.0.06 (Heart of Campus lecture theatre – Collegiate).
  • Wednesday 18 July (11.30am-12.30pm), Adsett-6620 (City) Please be aware in response to feedback this session will be filmed.


  • Deborah Harry (Chief Finance and Planning Officer) – will deliver a financial environment update, including how external factors are likely to affect our financial position in the future.
  • Leon Etherington (Chief Information Officer) – will explain what our Technology Strategy is, how implementation is progressing and what the future holds for HE.


We plan to share video footage and slides following the sessions; these will be available on the Strategy page as quickly as possible.

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Degree apprenticeships key to improving social mobility in the north

Degree apprenticeships are key to improving social mobility according to employers, education experts and academics who attended a national conference hosted at Sheffield Hallam University.

The Degree Apprenticeship National Conference: Delivering Quality and Social Mobility,  a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University, the University Vocational Awards Council, and Emerald publishing examined the progress on degree apprenticeships, and explored how increased government funding is vital in helping grow the economy and improving social mobility – particularly in the north of England.

The conference coincided with a letter sent to the Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, from Sheffield Hallam University, the Northern Powerhouse Partnership and the University of Vocational Awards Council (UVAC) calling for more government support for degree apprenticeships.

The letter sets out five recommendations, which were outlined at the conference, to boost and give greater prominence to degree apprenticeships including better access to information, simplification of process, streamlined procedures, stable funding, and preserving the transferable value of the degree qualification.

Degree apprenticeships combine full-time paid work and part-time university study, to offer new and existing employees the opportunity to gain a full Bachelors or Masters’ degree, while undertaking practical, on-the-job training needed to become occupationally competent. The courses are funded using the apprenticeship levy businesses pay to the government and allow employers to recruit new staff and develop existing employees.

Sheffield Hallam has established itself as one of the leading providers of Higher and Degree apprenticeships in the country, with a rapid expansion in provision and a new Centre of Excellence for Degree Apprenticeships set to open this autumn. The University offers a wide range of degree apprenticeships, including programmes in construction, digital and IT, engineering, finance, food technology, health and social care, and hospitality management.

Sam Moorwood, head of employer solutions at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We were delighted to host this national conference which allowed delegates to discuss the changing landscape of apprenticeships in higher education. In recent years, we have started to offer a range of degree and higher level apprenticeship courses which allow businesses to address current UK skills shortages and access funding. For students, they offer an alternative career path and a chance to access higher education paid for by their employer and government funding.”

Keynote speakers and panel members at the event included Dame Fiona Kendrick, deputy chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships and chair of Nestlé UK and Ireland; Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Sheffield Hallam University Vice-Chancellor; Anna Bird, head of policy, early years and post-16 education at the Social Mobility Commission; and Nicola Turner MBE, head of skills at the Office for Students

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EDUCATION: Digital and science engineering to be taught at new college

Plans for a new University Technical College that will create 750 new school places in Doncaster and meet local demand for world-class engineering and design skills has been announced. Details about the new college set to open in September 2020, have been led by the Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, working with both the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University alongside leading businesses from across South Yorkshire.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: “We welcome the news that the application to open a Doncaster UTC has been approved. Sheffield Hallam is proud to be a partner of the new UTC, building on the successful partnerships we already enjoy with both UTCs in Sheffield. UTCs are a great example of how industry and education can come together to provide opportunities for students to get involved in innovative and applied learning whilst addressing the regional skills gap.”

Read more about the College in Yorkshire Post, Educational Times Supplement, FEnews

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