Public Health, Wellbeing and Inequalities: Identifying Local Authority Staff Educational Needs

Dr Richard Cooper, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, tells us about his project within the School of Health and Related Research.

The links between the University of Sheffield and key organisations in the area like local councils are very important. In ScHARR, a key activity involves public health – both in teaching and also research.

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Voices of the Bottle Ovens: Oral history in Stoke-on-Trent

Dr Chris Montgomery, Lecturer in Dialectology at the University, tells us about his project’s progress.

The project is now complete, and the new audio files have been uploaded to the phones in the Gladstone Pottery Museum. The project permitted the update of exiting audio files, and the installation of a new phone and audio sample in the mouldmakers’ room, further enhancing the visitor experience at the museum. Continue reading

Shakespeare in Schools: A project update

Dr Tom Rutter, Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama in the School of English, gives a brief update on the progress of his project.

March 11, and I’ve received an email from Julian Fisher at High Storrs about likely pupil numbers. We’ve all-but-confirmed a date this summer (I’d better not give it here just in case it changes) so things are progressing.

Julian also mentions the Shakespeare texts that will be most familiar to Y11s and Y12s, or most useful for their studies. These are Twelfth Night and Macbeth – an appealing blend of festive comedy and murderous violence!

The next milestone will be to advertise to students the module informed by this project that is to run in 2015-16. It’s a little strange to be doing this before the project has been carried out. However, my hope is that students interested in doing the module will apply to work on the project, creating a helpful synergy between the different stages.

Supporting isolated adults via the Six Book Challenge in Sheffield: An update

Briony Birdi tells us about how her project, which received support from the Engaged Curriculum funding stream, is progressing.

Happily, I have plenty to report since the previous blog! The student volunteers signed up for this project early in the academic year, were allocated to specific English language and/or conversation classes around Sheffield, and then the first semester was spent undertaking DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – essentially a criminal record check required for all official voluntary work) for each volunteer, which all went very smoothly despite having 3 non-UK (and 2 non-EU) students participating. Thanks are due both to the students for their cooperation, and to SAVTE (the Sheffield Association for the Voluntary Teaching of English), the partner organisation in this project. Continue reading

Achieve More and the Engaged Curriculum

India Woof, Engaged Curriculum Project Assistant, tells us about synergies between the Engaged Curriculum and Achieve More.

The University’s flagship undergraduate curriculum initiative, Achieve More, shares many priorities with the Engaged Curriculum, and although our project is distinct from Achieve More, there are naturally several areas of overlap. As Achieve More develops to encompass activities at levels one, two and three/four of the undergraduate curriculum, its crossovers with the Engaged Curriculum are likely to deepen. I therefore thought it might be useful to highlight some of the key areas of collaboration which have occurred during the Level 1 Faculty Challenges. Continue reading

Computer Science Undergraduate Ambassadors Module

Professor Guy Brown, Deputy Head of the Department of  Computer Science at the University of Sheffield, tells us about a new project which has been developed with support from the Engaged Curriculum initiative.
In the Department of Computer Science (DCS), we’re excited to be starting an Undergraduate Ambassadors scheme with the assistance of the Engaged Curriculum Fund. Our aim is to develop a new third-year module that gives undergraduates in DCS the opportunity to develop and deliver computer science teaching in local secondary schools. It will provide valuable experience to students who are considering a career in teaching, whilst also providing much-needed support to schools in the delivery of new GCSE and A-level Computer Science curricula. The module will be closely based on the one currently run by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, which has organised a successful “maths ambassador” scheme for several years.

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The Social Work Living Library Legacy Project

Robin Sen, Lecturer in Social Work in the Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield, tells us about this project, which he is jointly undertaking, with Nora McClelland and Bev Jowett from the social work team.

Increasingly social work education has sought to involve, engage and make use of the ‘expertise through experience’ of those who have used social work services or cared for those who have. However, such involvement is not without its own challenges: going beyond tokenistic involvement , trying to ensure that service users’ contribution to course delivery is a positive experience for them and developing a meaningful learning experience for students are three key challenges. Continue reading

Shakespeare in schools module planning project

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.

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

Improving knowledge of dementia research across disciplines

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