Dr Tom Rutter, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the School of English, tells us about his project which has received support from the Engaged Curriculum funding stream.
Students meet sixth formers at a University outreach event.
This initiative will support a group of students to plan (in 2014-15) a project that will first run in 2015-16 on the LIT3052: Project Module convened by Dr Brendan Stone and Dr David Forrest. The students will be funded to take part in discussions with staff and pupils from High Storrs School, Sheffield about how undergraduates from the School of English might support the teaching of Shakespeare in schools within the parameters of LIT3052. Continue reading
Dr Renee Timmers, Lecturer in the psychology of Music at the University of Sheffield, tells us about her project which is being delivered in collaboration colleague Professor Stephanie Pitts.
Students on the MA in Psychology of Music will visit a dementia care ward and conduct a research project on responses to and uses of music in the ward. This project will build on existing research on uses of music in everyday life for social and emotional purposes, and investigate in what ways music can indeed be of value for elderly people suffering from dementia. Rather than demonstrating the benefit of music, the aim will be to explore ways in which music is used to address emotional and social needs of people with dementia living in a care home. This will be done primarily through interviews and observations.
The project is part of the students’ training in qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Engaged Curriculum funding allows them to look beyond the ‘lab’ and the university and to do applied ‘real-life’ research. The funding will be used to organise training to prepare students to go into a care home, and to set up an infrastructure to continue the research in future years. The research will be designed in consultation with the care home in February. Data collection and analysis will follow in March and April 2015. More details on this project will be made available as it progresses.
Dr Claire Garwood, post-doctoral research associate in Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, tells us about her project which has received support from the Engaged Curriculum Funding Stream.
Dementia, a word used to describe a number of brain disorders which lead to memory loss and cognitive impairment, can severely afflict the lives of those suffering with the condition, as well as their loved ones. The incidence of dementia is increasing worldwide and there is currently a large focus on research in this area; this includes research to understand the risk factors for developing dementia, research into new treatments for the various forms of dementia, and research which is focused on how we care for those living with the condition. Continue reading
Dr Cristina Cerulli tells us about her joint project with Dr Beatrice De Carli and Dr Florian Kossak, based in the School of Architecture.
MA Urban Design student running Design Charrette at Sheffield Urban Design Week 2014
The project consolidates, disseminates and capitalises on work around tools and methods for creative engagement within urban design and transformations in the city, developed within the context of MA in Urban Design over the past 6 years, building on research by members of the Agency research group and with contributions by researchers and practitioners around the world. This will result in increased professional skills, and a collection of accessible tools that can be used by students, professionals and lay people to engage with urban design issues. Continue reading