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The Development, Alumni Relations & Events Office has received it's 13,000th donation
The 13,000th donation has been given to Parkinson's disease research at the world-leading Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). Read more
That The University of Sheffield has overtaken Cambridge for engineering research income
The University of Sheffield has overtaken the University of Cambridge for engineering research income, confirming the institution as a world-leader in the field. The data, compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) shows that for 2011/12 the University of Sheffield’s engineering research income of £46M surpassed that of Cambridge by almost 10 percent.
That Sheffield students have embraced the Gangnam Style phenomenon.
Visit www.youtube.com/watch to see students take Gangnam Style around the streets of Sheffield!
That the University of Sheffield's student helpline 'Nightline' has reached it's 40th anniversary.
Nightline has achieved 40 years of supporting students, making it one of the oldest Nightline schemes in the country. Nightline is run by student volunteers and is an anonymous phone and email service offering an ear to listen, emotional support, as well as information, from 8pm until 8am when few other schemes are available.
That Coffee Revolution in the Students' Union sold 27,207 lattes between 1st September 2011 and 20th July 2012.
This was 5,139 more than last year!
That David Brailsford, performance director of British Cycling, is also a Sheffield alumnus.
Continuing the University of Sheffield's connection with the London 2012 Olympics, David Brailsford led the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Cycling team. David gained an MBA from the University in 1994.
That Professor Nigel Dunnett and Professor James Hitchmough from the University of Sheffield's Department of Landscape were the Principal Horticultural and Planting Design Consultants on the Olympic Park.
To read the story in full visit Fields of Gold at the Olympic Stadium.
That Peregrine Falcons have bred successfully at the University
A pair of Peregrine Falcons nesting at the University of Sheffield has become Yorkshire's first urban breeding pair, thanks to the concerted efforts of staff and volunteers from the University and the Sheffield Bird Study Group. For more information see the Media Centre webpage.
That the University supports elite athletes who study at the University
The Elite Sport Performance Scheme offers support to elite athletes so that they can excel in the sporting arena whilst achieving academic excellence at the University of Sheffield. To read more information see the Sport Sheffield website.
That prickly pufferfish could hold the key to why humans do not continually replace their teeth
Dr Gareth Fraser of the University of Sheffield's Department of Animal and Plant Sciences has led the research focusing on tooth development in the deadly fish and may lead to advances in dental therapies. For more information see the Media Centre webpage.
Did you know that Sheffield Alumni and honorary graduates are Presidents of three different countries?
1. Dr Nicholas Liverpool (PhD Law, 1965) President of the Commonwealth of Dominica
Dr Nicholas Liverpool came to Sheffield in 1962 to study for a PhD in Law. The focus of his research at University was primarily land law. He liked Sheffield as a city and had a particular affection for the Peak District and city parks. Whilst at Sheffield, Dr Liverpool played in a band alongside other students who regularly performed at the West End pub. He went on to teach at The University of West Indies and The University of Ghana. In October 2003 he became president of Dominica. Dr Liverpool received an Honorary Degree from the University in 2009.
2. Dr Tony Tan, Honorary Graduate (Hon LLD, 1998) President of Singapore
Dr Tony Tan is an Honorary Graduate from the University of Sheffield and became president of Singapore in 2011.
3. His Excellency President George Richards (Hon LittD, 2005) President of Trinidad and Tobago
The President of Trinidad and Tobago is His Excellency Professor George Maxwell Richards, an Honorary Graduate from the University of Sheffield (LittD, 2005).
Did you know that the University now offers an MSc in Micro-brewing?
The development of the new MSc in Microbrewing, offered by the University’s Molecular Biology and Biotechnology department, was initiated by Professor Dave Hornby in collaboration with Kelham Island Brewery. Students on the course learn about all aspects of the brewing industry, focusing in particular on micro-brewing. Fore more information see www.shef.ac.uk/mbb/mscmicrobrewing
Did you know that 81% of the University’s general waste is now recycled or recovered at a Dirty MRF (Materials Recovery Facility)?
The University of Sheffield is actively involved with the ‘Green Impact’ programme. The Green Impact initiative is an environmental accreditation scheme with an awards element designed for departments across the University. Green Impact continues to grow increasingly popular in higher education institutions up and down the country. In 2012, 46 universities and colleges are taking part. The University of Sheffield is proud to be involved with Green Impact which encourages staff and students across the University to make small changes on a daily basis to result in a greener and more sustainable university.
The University of Sheffield - University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards!
The University has been named University of the Year in the 2011 Times Higher Education Awards. Beating off competition from five other shortlisted universities, the University was rewarded for its many imaginative and innovative initiatives as well as exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. For more information see the news article at http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/alumni/2011/university_of_the_year
The University of Sheffield – Top University in Yorkshire!
The University of Sheffield was crowned the best university in Yorkshire by the Sunday Times University Guide 2012. The Sunday Times called the University of Sheffield "Yorkshire's great success story this year" as it rose to first place, overtaking York to become the region´s top university.
Sheffield Students' Union – best in the UK!
Sheffield Student's Union was rated number 1 in the UK in 2011. More than 10,000 students were surveyed for the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, which aims to show which universities offer the best all-round student experience. The Students´ Union which offers more than 200 sports clubs and societies, reopened in October last year following a £5 million refurbishment. Voted the Best Students´ Union in Britain by the Virgin Alternative Guide, the Students´ Union has constantly been reinventing itself and rebuilding since the construction of the Graves building in 1936.
Getting School Children to Dream Bigger Dreams
The Sheffield University Outreach and Access team work with young people from under-represented groups, encouraging them to consider going to university.
The team organise activities in schools and campus visits to help young people prepare for university life. Recently, Sheffield University launched a new website offering free resources to help teachers raise aspirations of primary school children. The website aims to help teachers increase the aspirations and ambitions of primary school children who have little contact with universities through friends or family. The online resource encourages young people to think positively about their future learning.
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