LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month and there is still time to catch some of the events at the Showroom and Millennium Galleries this weekend:

Hedwig & The Angry Inch (15), Saturday 25 February, 16:30 at the Showroom

Put on some music! Turn on the 8 Track! Grab you golden go-go boots and pull the wig down from the shelf because ‘internationally ignored song stylist’ Hedwig is in town!

Join us in the bar after the screening for Wig Out! the chance to flutter your feathers and dress to impress with a sickening punk/pop disco made in Sheffield but taking in the best of New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Milan!

The Showroom is also proud to support Sheena Amos Youth Trust and Friends of Edward Carpenter’s programme of LGBT+ History Month events running 25-26 February at the Millennium Galleries.

LGBT History Month Celebrations Live Late: 1967, 24 and 25 February, Millennium Galleries

Join us for Live Late as we celebrate LGBT+ History month and the 50 year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

We will be marking this milestone with 1960s themed music, art, interactive activities and so much more to entertain and educate. Our throwback extravaganza features the chance to create kaleidoscopic spinning art, create your own LGBT protest badge or poster or contribute to our collaborative LGBT timeline throughout the night.


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University Mental Health Day Thursday 2nd March 2017

social-sharer-2-2University Mental Health Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March and this year’s theme is Active Mental Health. The day is about student volunteers, University staff and Student Union officers working together to promote key messages relating to mental health.

The campaign gives opportunities to:

  • talk about the relationship between physical and mental health
  • build social networks through physical activity
  • inspire others to take steps to become more physically active

This year there will be table tennis tables set up at City Campus (Owen Level 2) and Collegiate Campus (Heart of the Campus). Staff will be on hand to give information about the benefits of physical activity and how you can introduce and sustain regular physical activity in your daily life.  Why not get involved?

  • Make a pledge to get yourself going with this and put it on one of your pledge boards.
  • Pick up a pass for a free session with SHU Active.
  • Have a go on the smoothie bike at City Campus to make yourself a healthy, refreshing drink.
  • Talk to a Sports Advisor about taking part and being motivated to do physical activity (Heart of the Campus at 10-12 and City Campus at 1-3).

Take steps on 2nd March and throughout the month to become more active and improve your physical and mental health. All staff and students are welcome!

Be Active is one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.  To find out more about these or about the Healthy Hallam Challenge go to

More information for staff go to

Look out for Healthy Hallam Week coming up from 27th to 31st March






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Holy Communion every Monday

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Every Monday at 12.30 pm there is a service of Holy Communion (also known as the Holy Eucharist, the Mass, or the Divine Liturgy) at the Multifaith Centre on Level 2 of the Owen Building, conducted according to the rites of the Church of England.

The service lasts for just under 30 minutes. It includes prayers and readings from the Bible, a short time of reflection, and the giving of bread and wine in remembrance of what took place when Jesus shared a meal for the last time with his followers. This has been the central act of Christian worship for 2000 years.

After the service, tea/coffee is available for anyone who wishes to stop for a chat. All baptised members of Christian churches may receive Holy Communion. If you are not baptised but would still like to attend you are just as welcome and can receive a blessing.

If you would like to know more about the service of Holy Communion please contact The Revd Ian

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Holocaust Memorial Day – 27.01.17

HMD 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy will be marking the occasion with a small exhibition in Heartspace (Level 2, Owen Building). This will be on display from 10am on Thursday 26 January until 5pm on Friday 27 January.

A short film about Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 has been produced, the theme of which is ‘How can life go on?. You can view and download the film.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.

The aims of HMD are laid out in the statement of commitment. This is a real demonstration of how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.

Contact for further information.

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Dark Nights – Stay Safe

Reproduced from Browzer.

As 2017 starts and you start to look forward to the challenges and experiences it will offer please remember that the Spring is still not quite here yet and the evenings and early mornings are still dark.

We want you to stay safe AND have fun on these dark nights, so here’s some advice how:

  • STICK TO BOTTLED DRINKS: This way you can put your thumb, or even better, a bottle stopper to stop unwanted substances being consumed. Keep an eye on them too, don’t leave your drinks unattended.
  • HOW ARE YOU GETTING HOME? Always make sure you have a travel plan before you go on a night out to ensure you are safe coming home. Don’t forget about the Safe Taxi Scheme!
  • STICK TOGETHER: Try to stick with your mates when it comes to a night out as it decreases your vulnerability and chances of being a target for crime.
  • WOULD YOU DO IT SOBER?  If the answer’s ‘no’ it’s probably best to leave it!
  • MAKE SURE YOUR PHONE IS FULLY CHARGED: if it gets to the end of the night and you’re on your phone you need to be able to contact your friends – don’t let your phone die because you came out on 5%.



Dark Nights Stay Safe

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Beating the January Blues

January blues2Beating the January Blues
January is a difficult time of year for many of us,  with cold weather, long hours of darkness and the next holiday a long way off.  In addition, invariably there is a need to recover from the financial impact of Christmas, a period of indulgence in rich foods and New Year’s resolutions that we have perhaps not achieved.

Student Wellbeing aims to offer advice on how to Beat the January Blues and to raise awareness of organisations that can help. There will be a display of useful materials in the Student Wellbeing area on Level 1 of the Surrey Building from Wednesday 14th January.

Eat Well
Omega 3 fatty acids found in oily fish, flax seed oil, nuts and seeds can help combat low mood, as can folate found in cabbage, broccoli and sprouts.  Low blood sugar can affect energy and mood so don’t skip breakfast!  Healthy recipes can be found at here.

Exercise and sleep
Regular moderate physical activity is effective at managing mild to moderate anxiety and depression.  This does not have to be formal exercise and can include going for a 30-minute brisk walk several  times per week.  Student Wellbeing runs an Exercise Prescription Scheme in conjunction with SHU Active to help students manage low mood and other psychological difficulties (contact for more information).  It is also important to establish a regular pattern of sleep – maintaining a consistent getting up time will help with this.

Avoiding contact with others has an adverse  effect on mood.  Countless studies have found that face-to-face contact is essential for our wellbeing.  Arrange to see family and friends regularly.

January blues1Set realistic goals
Setting New Year’s resolutions that we are unable to stick to can leave us feeling negative.  Set goals that you know you can achieve within an identified time frame.

Get professional help
If you are worried about persistent low mood, speak to your GP or contact the Student Wellbeing Service at

Acts of kindness
Giving to others, for example, through volunteering is a great way of connecting, as well as having a positive input to our wellbeing and helping to structure our time. There are small things that we can do daily or weekly that will help other people feel good too.

Organisations that can help

The following organisations can help you to achieve some of the above as well as offering advice and support in relation to mental health and wellbeing: or email
Stay Alive App

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University Carol Service today!

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University Carol Service

Tuesday 20th December

Hallam Hall (Floor 6 Owen), 1pm-1.45pm

 With musical; contributions from Jim Darnill, Cocklebread, and Phil Croft

Further information:, ext 4577.

Followed by light refreshments

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Happy Christmas?


For some, the Christmas season can be a time for feeling sad and lonely.

If you need advice or someone to talk to, you can contact one of the services below.

Organisation Contact details
Samaritans 116 123,
Sheffield Helpline (Mental health issues) 0808 801 0440 (24/7, freephone)
Student Health at SHU (G.P. practice) 0114 225 2134 (City)
0114 263 6100 (Porter Brook)
Shelter (Homeless and housing advice) 0344 515 1515 (Open Mon-Fri)
Salvation Army Sheffield
(Homeless Centre, 126 Charter Row)
0114 272 5158
Advice Sheffield
(Benefits and debt advice)
0114 205 5055
Substance Misuse Service
(Drug and alcohol services)
0114 305 0500
South Yorkshire Police 101
Sexual Assault Referral Centre 01709 427327
Women’s Aid 0808 2000 247

Big White Wall
24/7 peer and professional support, with trained counsellors online at all times, plus a range of wellbeing tools. A safe, anonymous service.
Visit and log in with your university email address.

Student Wellbeing Service
Closed from Monday 26 December to Monday 2 January. Open as usual from 10am on Tuesday 3 January.

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Beautiful work at the Multifaith Chaplaincy

Chalice and paten

The Multifaith Chaplaincy at Sheffield Hallam have just received some striking new communion vessels thanks to an anonymous donor who provided the funding, and a student who completed her studies this year on the BA Hons Jewellery and Metalwork course in the Faculty of ACES.

Rachel2Rachel Hewison (pictured right) took on the commission as an extra-curricular activity under the supervision of her tutor, Jeff Durber. The items are called a chalice and paten. The chalice is used to hold the wine, and the paten holds the wafers that are used in the Holy Eucharist (Thanksgiving) service.

Rachel made the chalice out of sterling silver and carbon steel, and the paten from brass. The person who made the project possible through a kind donation is delighted with Rachel’s finished work and the Revd Ian Maher (University Chaplain) commented:

‘The Eucharist sits at the very heart of Christian worship so I am delighted that we now have a chalice and paten that are fitting for the service in which they are used. Rachel has done a fantastic job and she has created a lasting legacy for the chaplaincy. We are very grateful to her, and also to our anonymous donor’.

The Holy Eucharist is celebrated every Monday at 12.30 in the Multifaith Centre on Floor 2 of the Owen Building at City Campus. All are welcome. The service lasts for approximately 30 minutes with tea/coffee and biscuits available afterwards. All are welcome.

If you would like to find out more, contact Ian at


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Disfigurement in the UK – help with research

Changing Faces logoMessage from Dr James Partridge, Chief Executive, Changing Faces

As we approach Changing Faces’ 25th birthday in 2017, we are launching a major research project, and would very much appreciate your help.

‘Disfigurement in the UK’ looks at the everyday lives of people living with a disfigurement throughout the UK. The project examines how people live their lives, their experiences of education, the workplace, public transport, and personal relationships. We want to build up a body of evidence to use in our campaigning activity for the first Face Equality Day, taking place on Friday 26th May 2017.

We need at least a thousand people to complete the survey in order to ensure we have a big enough evidence base. Every person’s contribution is valuable to us, and helps us build a picture of life in the UK for people who have a condition, mark or scar that affects the appearance of their face, hands or body. By taking part, you will be helping us to create an enlightened society that fully accepts and values people who have a disfigurement.

Please click here to take the survey and help our research. We’d be really grateful if you could share with friends and colleagues for whom it would be relevant, and also share this post on Facebook.

Thank you in advance for your help. We don’t have the budgets of some organisations to be able to commission expensive research, and your participation in this survey helps us immeasurably. Above all, you’re helping us create a fairer society, and achieve our goal of face equality.

With very good wishes,
Dr James Partridge, Chief Executive, Changing Faces

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