Faculty of Science News

Researchers inspire next generation of scientists at Discovery Night

Families explored the weird and wonderful world of science as the University of Sheffield opened up its laboratories and lecture theatres for a hands-on evening of activities. On Friday (13 March), Discovery Night welcomed visitors of all ages to exciting demonstrations and mini lectures from science, engineering, medicine and dentistry. Visitors heard about quantum computing, saw inside a molecular biology lab and watch research robots and 3D printers in action. Budding […]

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Professor reaches 500th paper milestone

Professor Steve Armes from Chemistry is celebrating a major academic milestone with the publication of his 500th paper. The paper recently appeared online in the prestigious Journal of the American Chemical Society, and explores how the growth of microscopic hollow polymer particles takes place in water, and the process by which the particles are formed. This work, and other recent research carried out by Steve and […]

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SALTS helping to shine spotlight on best tutorial practice

The University’s Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (SALT) scheme provides students with the opportunity to influence and enhance learning and teaching in their Faculty, through a year-long project. Below, Biomedical Science SALT Joanna Barry discusses the team’s current project to assess best practice for tutorials in Science “This year the Faculty of Science SALT team are assisting in the enhancement of the current system of personal and […]

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Maths lecturers in the running for top teaching prize

A radical new approach to teaching mathematics has earned the School of Mathematics and Statistics a place in the shortlist for a major higher education award. The School has been nominated for the Teaching Excellence prize at the Guardian University Awards 2015, which takes place on Wednesday 18 March. Last year, lectures were scrapped in one of the engineering maths courses for first years. To replace them, […]

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Students take early opportunity to boost their careers

Dozens of first year students went along to Mappin Hall yesterday (23 February) to find out about different work experience opportunties. In total, 230 students from across the seven science departments went along to the Careers Service’s Work Experience: Science event to see what opportunities are available. There, they could find out about different ways to put their scientific skills into practice while they study, […]

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Cross-country cyclists tot up charity total

The team of University staff who cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats to help fund hearing research in Biomedical Science have revealed how much money they raised. Students, postdocs, professors, lecturers, cleaners and administrative staff banded together to form Team SUFFER (or Sheffield University Fundraising For ‘Earing Research) in September. The ten day challenge has raised a total of £43,808.25 from 1119 donations. Professor Tony Ryan, team leader and Pro-Vice-Chancellor for […]

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Science researchers compete for policy prize

New researchers working in science found out how to apply their expertise to the political process by taking part in a University competition. The University’s Science In Policy group organised a contest for interdisciplinary groups of postgraduate and early career researchers. They were tasked with producing a POSTnote: a four-page briefing document similar to ones produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. The winning team was […]

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Prizes for exceptional staff contributions

Staff in the Faculty of Science have been handed prizes in recognition of their exceptional contributions. At today’s Faculty Forum, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Ryan presented Dr David Finger with the 2014 award Prize for Best Researcher. David works in Chemistry with Professor Jane Grasby. He was awarded the prize for the wide range of departmental duties he has taken on – from mentoring and training students to helping maintain […]

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Literary support for Sheffield biologists

The Royal Literary Fund has boosted the support it offers to students and researchers in the Faculty of Science. Animal and Plant Sciences, Biomedical Science and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology currently have Writers In Residence Frances Byrnes and Kerry Young three days a week to help staff and students improve their writing skills. This support will soon be increased to four days a week, with Kerry covering two […]

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Forging The Future: Update #2

This is the latest update for Faculty of Science staff on Forging The Future. To find out more about the project go to the Faculty of Science webpages. Forging The Future On Friday, the deadline passed for staff to complete the Forging The Future survey. Thanks go out to everyone who took the time to share their views and experiences of working in the Faculty […]

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