News in brief

8 April 2015

Seeking better futures for people affected by dementia

dementiaPioneering research aimed to make a difference to those affected by dementia will be showcased to the public in a unique event at the University of Sheffield next month.

The Dementia Futures conference, which will take place on Wednesday 20 May 2015, will give people with dementia, their families, carers and health care professionals the opportunity to discover some of the ground breaking post-graduate research being undertaken in order to tackle the debilitating syndrome.

An estimated 850,000 people currently live with dementia in the UK and the University of Sheffield is leading the way through cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research to enable those with dementia to live well for longer and to move one step closer to a cure.

Researchers from the world-renowned Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) and School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) will be amongst those presenting their work at the half-day conference which will be held at the University’s Pam Liversidge Building on Mappin Street.

The event is part of the 7th annual South Yorkshire Dementia Creative Arts Exhibition. Delegates will be invited to visit this year’s art work currently on display at the nearby Jessop West Exhibition Space on Leavygreave Road.

Tickets to the conference are free but spaces must be reserved.

For more information or to reserve a place please visit: Dementia Futures@The University of Sheffield

11 March 2015

International honour for dedicated dentist

Martin ThornhillA dental researcher, who helped reveal the serious impact of oral health on the heart, has been honoured with a global award for his ground breaking study.

Professor Martin Thornhill, from the University of Sheffield’s School of Clinical Dentistry, was presented with the Distinguished Scientist Award for Oral Medicine and Pathology by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at a special ceremony in Boston today (11 March 2015).

The prestigious award recognises Professor Thornhill’s dedication to his field, especially his ground breaking research which identified a significant rise in the number of people diagnosed with a serious heart infection alongside a large fall in the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis to dental patients.

The pioneering study is the largest and most comprehensive to be conducted with regards to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. These guidelines recommend dentists should no longer give antibiotics before invasive dental treatments to people considered at risk of the life-threatening heart infection, Infective Endocarditis (IE), which in 40 per cent of cases is caused by bacteria from the mouth.

Professor Thornhill and his colleagues found that there are now an extra 35 cases of IE every month. They also identified that the prescribing of antibiotic prophylaxis fell by 89 per cent from 10,900 prescriptions a month before the guidelines were introduced in 2008 to 1,235.

The Distinguished Scientist award is the highest research honour given by the IADR and recognises outstanding and sustained peer-reviewed research that has contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms governing the health and disease of the oral cavity.

04 March 2015

Researchers to take budding scientists on a journey of discovery

The weird and wonderful world of science will be explored next week as the University of Sheffield opens up its laboratories and lecture theatres for a hands-on evening of activities.

PosterBack by popular demand, Discovery Night will take place at the University on Friday 13 March 2015 from 4pm-8pm in Firth Court and the Alfred Denny Building. Open to visitors of all ages, the event will feature exciting demonstrations and mini lectures from science, engineering, medicine and dentistry.

Visitors will be able to hear all about quantum computing, see inside a molecular biology lab or watch research robots and 3D printers in action, as well as don a lab coat and get stuck in. Budding scientists will also be able to try some liquid nitrogen ice cream, meet the skeletons in the zoology museum and see themselves in infra-red.

Held as part of the Festival of Science and Engineering, the event is one of many in which world-renowned researchers will be hoping to inspire the next generation of young scientists.

The Festival, which kicked off on Monday 2 March 2015, will see more than 60 fun and free public exhibitions, talks and demonstrations and 250 school events taking place throughout the month.

At the last festival Discovery Night attracted 1,000 people and this year’s event is expected to be just as successful with the chance to find out everything from animal behaviour to dentistry and nuclear energy to psychology.

For a full programme of events for the Festival of Science and Engineering visit:

3 March 2015

Show stopping celebration of city culture

InternationalTalented performers from across the globe are set to dazzle on stage at the University of Sheffield Student's Union’s International Cultural Evening (ICE) on Saturday (7 March 2015).

The audience will be taken on a mesmerising journey around the world through vibrant cultural performances including stunning dances and spectacular vocal performances.

This weekend celebrates the 43rd annual ICE and will include students from over 15 countries representing their national societies.

All performers will shine in the spotlight in traditional dress and colourful costumes at Sheffield City Hall from 7pm.

Tickets priced £4.40 to £5.50 are available from the Students’ Union at

25 February 2015

University study now possible for asylum seekers in Sheffield

Asylum seekers in the city of Sheffield will now be given the life changing opportunity to study at a world-leading institution thanks to a campaign lead by the University of Sheffield Students' Union.

The Equal Access campaign will see two asylum seekers each year provided with full fee waivers for any undergraduate course and a £10,000 bursary.

Until now asylum seekers who apply to study at any UK university are treated as international students and therefore must pay international level fees which can reach up to £18,750 a year. This is unthinkable for most asylum seekers who are denied the right to work and live on £36 a week.

Jack Wyse, University of Sheffield Students' Union Development Officer, said: "Education is a fantastic gift and I've taken so much from being part of the University of Sheffield. It's amazing to think that asylum seekers in the city will be able to benefit as well."

The Equal Access work was part of the Sheffield Students' Union 'No Borders' campaign, which seeks to break down the barriers which prevent international students from playing a full and varied part in the university community and UK as a whole.

For more information please visit:

24 February 2015

University’s Energy 2050 team and partners represent UK in International Carbon Capture and Storage Test Centre Network

Carbon Capture and StorageThe University of Sheffield’s Energy 2050 team is part of a consortium of six UK universities which have taken the UK into the International Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Test Centre Network.

The consortium of the universities of Sheffield, Edinburgh, Cranfield, Nottingham, Leeds and Imperial College manage and operate the Pilot-scale Advanced Capture Technology Facilities, part of the UK CCS Research Centre.

The PACT national facilities are funded by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

They support and catalyse industrial and academic research and development, by providing open-access testing facilities.

These bridge the gap between bench-scale research and development and large-scale industrial pilot trials, enabling users to develop their technologies and provide the necessary commercial confidence before committing to the significant costs of large-scale trails. This helps accelerate the commercialisation of technologies for carbon capture and clean power generation.

The PACT Core facilities – which include a 1 tonne a day carbon capture plant – are located in Beighton, on the edge of Sheffield. Other satellite facilities are located in Edinburgh, Nottingham and Cranfield.

Professor Mohamed Pourkashanian, PACT Director, a Member of the UKCCSRC Coordination Group, and Professor of Energy Engineering at the University of Sheffield, said: “PACT enables industry and academia to develop and demonstrate their technologies, and gain the necessary commercial confidence before committing to large scale trials. This lowers the overall technology risk and enhances chances of commercial success for leading technologies.

“Joining the Test Centre Network means our expertise can be shared on an international scale and is a real landmark for PACT and the UK CCS Research Centre.”

The International Test Centre Network was initiated by Norway in 2012 to enable carbon capture test facilities around the world to progress the technologies that will be a key component of a global clean energy future. The network aims to share knowledge that can accelerate technology commercialisation, including, for example, next-generation technologies that can sharply reduce the costs of electricity generation (and industrial products) using CO2 capture.

Since its launch, some of the world’s leading CCS test centres have been sharing knowledge of construction and operation of large test facilities in order to establish a level playing field for technology vendors to reduce costs, as well as the technical, environmental and financial risks currently associated with CCS.

The University of Sheffield’s activities at the PACT national facilities are part of the University’s wider Energy 2050 initiative – investing in energy research and innovation, in partnership with industry and government, to help the UK meet its 2050 targets tackling climate change in the most affordable way.

17 January 2015

The first 3D printed wedding bouquet

A 3D printed bridal bouquet has been produced by University of Sheffield expert on 3D printing, Dr Candice Majewski, for her wedding to manufacturing supervisor, Bret Hughes, in Indianapolis.

3D bouquetThe distinctive white roses are believed to be the first 3D printed flowers to be used as a wedding bouquet.

The flowers were designed by senior lecturer in product and industrial design, Dr Guy Bingham, from the University of Loughborough and printed by Wendy Birtwistle, part of the team at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Advanced Additive Manufacturing (additive manufacturing being another term for 3D printing).

The intricate design took 18 hours to print and was carefully packaged to travel with Candice to the USA for her wedding ceremony with Bret in the Butterfly House of Indianapolis Zoo, where the couple spent their first date. They’d met online two years earlier while playing the popular online game, Evony.

"I carry out research into 3D printing and I love what I do, so I thought it would be really cool to make it part of our wedding,” explained Candice. "However, having such a special bouquet meant I certainly wasn’t going to throw it to my wedding guests! The great thing about having a 3D printed wedding bouquet is that it won’t decay like natural flowers, so we’ll now be able to keep it as a permanent reminder of our special day."

To find out more about the University's Faculty of Engineering, visit: Engineering in Sheffield.

16 February 2015

Medics highlight underrepresentation of women in the field

ThumbnailWomen hoping to overcome personal and workplace barriers to lead successful careers in medicine are being invited to meet a group of inspirational speakers at the University of Sheffield’s Medical School next month (Tuesday 3 March 2015).

The event hosted by the Sheffield Women in Medicine Network (SWiM) will be a unique opportunity for women to hear personal stories from a diverse group of successful entrepreneurs and share experiences.

More than half of all new medical students are female and 40 per cent of all doctors are women, yet fewer than 28 per cent of consultants are women. In 2007 only 12 per cent of all clinical professors on university contracts were women and in 2006, six medical schools in the country had no female professors and just two out of 34 medical schools had female Deans.

The Sheffield Women in Medicine is a professional forum launched by a group of junior and senior doctors at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and academics from the University of Sheffield in February 2014.

Dr Alenka Brooks, a specialist registrar in gastroenterology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Women in medicine face many challenges in reaching their full career potential, which are often compounded by complexities of care-giving roles whilst trying to pursue demanding, high-powered jobs.

“This free, informal event will give junior and senior doctors the chance to hear from women and men who have successfully reached the top of their careers so they can share experiences on how to get started, what skills they need and what pitfalls they need to avoid.”

The event will take place at the Medical School’s Lecture Theatre 1 from 5.30pm onwards and will be hosted by Professor Wendy Tindale OBE, Scientific Director of Medical Imaging and Medical Physics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Other speakers include Adrian Allen Commercial Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing; Pam Garside, who has created her own management consultancy, Newhealth and teaches at Cambridge in the Judge Business School; Lucy Rocca; founder of Soberistas an online network supporting women with drinking issues and Professor Dame Pamela Shaw Professor of Neurology and Director of the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN).

To register for the free ‘Building Your Future - SWiM dives in with the Entrepreneurs’ event visit SWiM or email