News in brief
2 December 2013
Frances Bell wins the first University of Sheffield Portrait of a Woman Prize
Critically acclaimed portrait artist Frances Bell has become the first person to be awarded the University of Sheffield Portrait of a Woman Prize.Frances Bell trained in the Classical tradition in Florence at Charles Cecil Studios from 2001 to 2004. She has since been invited back to the same school to teach for the summer term from 2005 to 2011.
“I am very honoured to be selected for the University of Sheffield portrait of a Woman Prize," said Frances.
"I agree that the visibility of women in university and academic life needs to improve, and that the nomination of Gillian Gehring to sit for a public portrait project is a great place to start. I am much looking forward to starting the painting."
The University of Sheffield Portrait of a Woman Prize was established by Rosie Valerio on her retirement in March 2011 as HR Director for the University of Sheffield. The aim of the Portrait of a Woman Prize is to celebrate, and make more visible the contributions of women to the University. The subject of the first portrait is Emeritus Professor Gillian Gehring. Professor Gehring was the first, and to date only, woman Professor of Physics at Sheffield, and only the second woman ever to hold a Professorship in a UK Physics Department.
29 November 2013
Law lecturer crowned UK volunteer of the year
University of Sheffield law lecturer, Dr Chamindeeswari Kuppuswamy, has been crowed UK National Parks Volunteer of the Year in recognition of her dedication to the Peak District and its surrounding communities.
Dr Kuppuswamy has managed to balance her incredibly busy schedule as a lecturer with volunteering and qualified as a Volunteer Ranger last year.
Over the last 12 months her focus has been on the Peak District's connection to surrounding communities – in particular ethnic minority communities – the connection between local issues and global environmental challenges, and how all of these things can be discussed and enhanced through social media.
She also inspires and encourages people to consider their environmental impact and uses sustainable transportation herself to get around.
For more information about the award and Dr Kuppuswamy's work please visit http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/press/press-releases/2013-volunteer-awards
28 November 2013
Funding boost to develop video games for children in hospital
Academics at the University of Sheffield have been awarded a grant for a project to develop videogames for children in hospital.
Dr Elizabeth Wood and Dr Dylan Yamada-Rice, from the University’s School of Education, have received the funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council. They will bring together academic researchers from different disciplines, videogames developers and hospital play specialists in a series of workshops.
Currently hospitals tend to have more traditional toys and games for young patients to play with. The network will explore the scope for development in the videogames industry, using expertise from the arts and humanities to co-create digital play opportunities tailored to the needs of children in hospital. The games will be designed to stimulate their play experiences, imaginations and creativity when confined to medical and recovery spaces, and to connect with siblings and friends.
8 November 2013
Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest
The Sheffield Confucius Institute (SCI) will host the prestigious Jiangsu Cup Chinese Speech Contest next weekend as the event comes to the UK for the very first time.
The contest, which is supported by Nanjing University and the Jiangsu Province Government, will see linguists from the University of Sheffield's School of Asian Studies, Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds, Nottingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and London South Bank University compete in three different categories.
Competitors and spectators will also be entertained by University of Sheffield graduate and winner of the Chinese X Factor, Mary-Jess Leaverland, who contributed to the Downton Abbey sound track and sang to 80,000 football fans during the FA Cup final at Wembley last year.
The Consul General of the People's Republic of China in Manchester, Mr Yundong Pan and the Lord Mayor of Sheffield will be in attendance at the event which will be held in Lecture Theatre 4 of the Arts Towers between 10.30am and 4pm on Sunday 17 November.
For more information about the event and the SCI visit http://www.shef.ac.uk/confucius
1 November 2013
From medieval history to the modern era: Why do anniversaries matter?
Critically acclaimed historians will be debating the importance of anniversaries and centenaries at a unique event hosted by the University of Sheffield and the History Society next week (Monday 4 November 2013).
The intriguing panel discussion, entitled: On this day in history: Why do anniversaries matter? is open to the public and will be chaired by Professor Helen Weinstein, broadcaster, historian and member of the BBC History Advisory Board.
Professor Weinstein is a historian of contemporary culture, will be joined by a host of experts from the University of Sheffield who will cover fascinating subjects from the medieval to the modern era.
The event will take place at 5.15pm on Monday at the Humanities Research Institute, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield. Visitors are encouraged to submit a question for the panel via twitter to @unishefhistory, where the event will also be live-tweeted.
The discussion will be continuing after the event on the University's History Matters blog at www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk
For more information about the event visit http://history.dept.shef.ac.uk/events/tag/helen-weinstein/
23 October 2013
Students go to the extreme to raise thousands of pounds for charity
Kind-hearted students at the University of Sheffield have gone to extreme lengths to help raise over £5,000 for charity.
Over the past week members of Sheffield Raising and Giving (RAG) have abseiled down the Arts Tower – the tallest University building in the UK, walked on fire, and even cooked up a culinary storm with a little help from the Great British Bake Off's Howard Middleton to help charities across the country in need of vital support.
Sheffield RAG and Bummit raised a magnificent £174,627 during the last academic year – 82 per cent of which was donated to local causes in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.
The dedicated students are now preparing for their next mammoth fundraising event, the RAG Spiderwalk, on Thursday 7 November 2013. The famous 12.5 mile sponsored star-lit ramble in the Peak District is expected to attract more than 700 energetic students.
To more information about the event or to register visit www.sheffieldrag.com/spiderwalk
11 October 2013
Student Black History Month celebrations largest in UK
Celebrations are under way for Sheffield’s biggest Black History Month yet - featuring events, talks, activities and trips.
The programme is being co-ordinated by Sheffield University’s Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Committee.
A night of poetry and performance will be headlined by American poet Tshaka Campbell and at the Showroom Cinema there are showings featuring directors including Walter Mosley and Charles Burnett. There will also be a live link-up with the National Theatre’s production of Othello starring Adrian Lester in the title role.
Prominent legal officer Nazir Afzal will be giving a talk, as will Zimbabwean princess and women’s rights activist Betty Makoni. There will also be a visit to a Sikh temple, an art exhibition, a jazz evening and a trip to the Slavery Museum in Liverpool.
"It is going to be a great and interesting month. We want to get as many people as we can involved, adults and children. The Committee have worked so hard planning this month and we are looking forward to it ourselves!" Sharmin Jahan - Publicity Officer
10 October 2013
Student start-up success
A student at the University of Sheffield is launching a new start-up company after a successful pilot with six leading UK universities and industry heavyweights such as Astra Zeneca, IBM and Siemens.
‘IN-PART’ is a dynamic platform actively sourcing and promoting the University’s new research to industry for collaboration. The impressive list of pilot clients also includes Rolls Royce, Proctor & Gamble and Blackberry. Co-founder Patrick Speedie received support from University of Sheffield Enterprise throughout his start-up journey, including business incubation, one-to-one business advice and First Steps Funding.
Patrick said: “Our company makes the interaction between university and industry uncomplicated, simply by allowing academics to do what they do best: to create and innovate, and then deliver the knowledge in simple terms directly to relevant individuals in industry looking to collaborate and capable of converting academic ideas into useful, meaningful products and technologies.
“Companies are kept appraised of cutting edge concepts from world leading academics and if they see something of interest commercially – which given the level of research in the UK, there often is - they can simply contact to initiate further discussions, or privately feedback in order to provide beneficial information to help align research outputs with industry need.”
IN-PART is currently free for industry to subscribe: www.in-part.co.uk/signup
Universities interested in IN-PART can contact its co-founders: http://www.in-part.co.uk/