High definition images at graduations in UK first
Photographs of the University of Sheffield’s graduation ceremonies will be taken in high definition offering exceptionally clear, crisp pictures with vivid colours and up to five times more detail in a UK first.
The University of Sheffield is leading the way across institutions in the UK by using the state-of-the-art technology – normally reserved for only the most prestigious events – to offer thousands of students the highest quality ‘gigapixel images’ at its graduation ceremonies next week (Monday 16 July until Friday 20 July 2012).
Continuing to push the boundaries and remain at the forefront of new technology, the University will even be streaming live video of the ceremonies at www.sheffield.ac.uk/eventsteam/watch – which will also see the Prime Minister of Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker and ABC singer Martin Fry receive honorary degrees – across the world through the internet.
Building on its reputation as the most receptive and responsive social media University out of leading American and UK institutions, students will be able to ‘tag’ themselves and their friends in the high definition images through the social networking site Facebook.
Philosophy and Psychology student at the University of Sheffield Edward Richard Miller and winner of the Sheffield Business Planning Competition, who will graduate in the same ceremonies this month, has created the gigapixel images and is setting up his own imagery and marketing company at www.reaxive.com.
He said: “The University of Sheffield has been fantastic in providing a platform for students to develop skills outside of their degree course and I look forward to looking back at the imagery from our graduation in years to come.
“In addition to gigapixel imagery, the University of Sheffield has also commissioned me to create a series of 360 degree images to showcase the campus and the vibrant students that help bring it to life.”
For more information and to view the images please visit: www.shef.ac.uk/eventsteam/gigapixel.
The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).
These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.
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