Faculty of Science News

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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Animal Academy inspires hundreds of schoolchildren

Hundreds of schoolchildren packed into the University of Sheffield’s Octagon auditorium to find out how humans and animals learn. Animal and Plant Sciences hosts an annual Christmastime Lecture. This year’s event, Animal Academy, was hosted by Dr Nicola Hemmings, who entertained and educated 1,000 pupils from Sheffield schools. She explained: “The lecture was about learning in animals and humans.  Highlights were a clever raven doing the […]

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Forging The Future: Update #1

This is the first of the monthly Forging The Future updates. To find out more about the project go to the Faculty of Science webpages. Forging The Future By now staff will have received the initial communication from their Head of Department setting out what Forging the Future is all about. Some staff attended the follow up surgeries and there will be more surgeries planned as the project […]

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