Sheffield Hallam University Laboratory Ablaze

A small fire has caused minor damage to the 7th floor of Norfolk building. Around 6 fire engines were spotted outside the front of Sheffield Hallam’s Adsett’s building at midnight March 05 after being alerted by the fire alarm.

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue arrived at the situation quickly and well equipped, minimising the damage. They began leaving the scene around 1:30am.

Security guards at the scene originally told students that it had been a false alarm. However, several students and an official Statement by the university have proven this to be wrong.

It is now known that the fire occurred in the Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC) where current sources are claiming it was due to an electrical fault.

Possible causes have been identified as an autoclave machine may have been left running without water which would quickly become a fire hazard. These reports are not yet confirmed and we are told investigations are still on going and a student mistake has not yet been ruled out.

Sheffield Hallam University released an official statement on Twitter in the early morning of March 06:

“The fire brigade were called in at 11pm last night to deal with a small fire in our Norfolk building at City Campus. It was quickly extinguished and we are now working to investigate how it happened. We will be open today as usual.”

This article has been updated from our initial posting as more information has come forward. We will update this article as more information arises. The Sheffield Star and Telegraph have also not yet commented on the event.

A look back on last week’s Technology Fair…

People flocked to Canter building last Wednesday to see the different stalls and attractions that were put on to promote and encourage careers in digital technology. There was everything from new video game VR headsets to The Ministry of Justice. This also included showcasing computing student’s work progress and work although all Sheffield Hallam students were welcome to attend and participate in the stack event. There were also employers offering graduate, placement and summer internship jobs in the hope that this would create a window into the industry for current SHU students.

The highlight of the Tech Fair was an interactive humanoid robot named Pepper, whose skills included voice and touch response, walking, human face tracking and emotional recognition. Pepper was created by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank, designed to be a robot companion. Pepper costs about $1,700 upfront and an additional $134 a month for 36 months for maintenance and $89 a month for 36 months for insurance. This is worth it since Pepper can also dance to Thriller…

Sheffield Hallam’s Ethical Hacking Society demonstrated an attack with two PC’s, one being the victim and the other performing the attack. With consent, by-standers could log into a website with their username and password on the victim PC and be shown how easy it is for their details to be collected. They explained how this could even occur on wireless networks such as in coffee shops. Despite this being quite intimidating, it was highlighted that this tactic could be used for the greater good.

The large amount of displays, games to try and activities to get involved with made the event a great success, paving the path for those who want get involved in the industry and enlightening those who do not.

BRIT Awards 2017: Bowie dominates as grime loses out.

The late David Bowie, the 1975 and Drake were just some of the winners on at this year’s BRIT Awards. The yearly event honoring some of the best music from the last year returned with performances from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Little Mix and Emeli Sande. The biggest performance of the night though was Katy Perry’s abstract rendition of her new single “Chained to the Rhythm” which saw her surrounded by flouting houses and skeleton mannequins of Theresa May and Donald Trump.

The biggest winner of the night was the late great David Bowie who’s 2016 album Blackstar picked up British Album of the Year. The legendary singer who passed away last January also won the award for Best British Male adding to his Icon Award from last year. Newcomer Rag’n’Bone Man also picked up two awards, the 32-year-old London native won Critic’s Choice and British Breakthrough Artist beating acts such as Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa and Skepta.

This year also highlighted the rise of the UK grime scene with artists such as Kano, Stormzy and Skepta all up for numerous awards. Skepta and Kano were both nominated for Best British Male, Stormzy for British Breakthrough Act and Kano’s Made in the Manor was up for British Album of the Year. However, this year wasn’t the year of grime as all nominees failed to capture the awards.

Chris Martin’s moving performance of “A Different Corner” in tribute to George Michael was another highlight to the show. The Coldplay frontman was joined on stage by Wham! co-member Helen De Macque who said about George: “He understood love, loss, happiness and grief… he lives on in his music and in our hearts, and I will never forget my wonderful friend.”

An unlikely duo of Ed Sheeran and Stormzy also managed to get the O2 Arena moving with their remix of the current UK number one “Shape of You”. The double act will release the single on Friday following rave reviews of the performance.

Adele was recognized with the BRIT Global Achievement Award for her record breaking global sales, which she accepted via video, holding the Zaha Hadid trophy she said: “Have a great night and get a bit swervy, like her.”

This year’s BRIT Awards ended with a bang honoring the Icon Award with Robbie Williams singing his newest singles “The Heavy Entertainment Show”, and “Love My Life” after collecting his record breaking 19th BRIT Award.

The endless rise of more student accommodation being built in Sheffield

Planning permission has been approved for an 11-storey block of student flats at Mayfield Court, West Street.

Former local favourite bar West Street Ale House has been scheduled for demolition to clear way for the construction.

With more and more plans being forwarded and approved by the council Sheffield residents have started to question the supply of accommodation in Sheffield and how there may be too much compared to the students coming in.

With University of Sheffield student Holly, 21, stating “There’s too much accommodation in Sheffield and the supply might start outweighing the demand”

And Alice, 24, a resident of Norfolk Park simply saying that “There’s too much student accommodation in Sheffield”

However, not everyone is as opposed to the idea of more student accommodation being added into the city.

Cav, a resident of the neighbouring Broughton House, said “It is a minor issue and as there is already plenty of student buildings nearby I doubt much will change”

And Adam, 19, a student at Sheffield Hallam University, added that “Students are a driving factor for the economy in Sheffield and the more students that are coming in the better it is for the city”

The designs for the new complex will feature three blocks consisting of studios and one bedroom apartments with red brick walls with glass and aluminium on the upper floors.

The location of the new site will be ideal for students of both universities, being close to the city centre as well as within walking distance of both unions.

This construction is in unison with more approved flats to be erected along Ecclesall Road and Hollis Croft with plans also being forwarded for a 550-bed complex on Rockingham Street.

These plans will provide over 1000 new beds for students with more plans already under consultation.

Burglars target Student village

Student accommodation in the Norfolk Park area has recently become victim to a string of supposed ‘sneak in’ burglaries, after multiple incidents were reported to the police last week.

South Yorkshire Police issued a statement saying that their patrols in the local area would increase and they are appealing for people with information regarding potential stolen property to come forward.

Speaking to a resident of Norfolk Student village, who wished to remain unnamed, they described the recent break-ins as a ‘shame’.

“It’s a shame to be honest, I mean, it’s an area supposed to be for students, so you know, you’d think there were enough security measures in place”

“I mean we’ve got the gates locked, but I guess it must just be their fault for not locking their doors and the windows.”

Campbell property, a company which manages student houses in the Sheffield student village said:

“Campbell property was very sorry to hear of the break-ins at 2 of the properties that it manages in Sheffield”

“Unfortunately, both incidents took place via doors or windows that were left unlocked and we have re-iterated previous advice given to all residents in October that opportunistic break-ins are largely preventable by following basic security advice”

In the Autumn, Campbell property hosted a Safety and Security advice day by South Yorkshire Police for all its residents.

Applications to study nursing down 23% at Hallam

Nurses are a key aspect of the medical world, the people you first interact with whilst at a hospital, nurses are the people you create a relationship with whilst ill. So why in 2017 did applications to do nursing degrees 23%? One word, cuts.

The government has cut the bursary that students studying an NHS based course receive completely. Given that student nurses now face paying annual tuition fees of more than £9,000 and resulting in debts of £50,000, the removal of any form of bursary was a step too far for some.

Sheffield Hallam University is one of the biggest nursing schools in the country and our university saw the same drop in applications – 23% – as the national average.  The implementation of the unpopular teaching excellence framework is unfairly affecting our students because Hallam’s students are more often than not from less well-off backgrounds. The year before the maintenance grant was cut, Hallam received the third most grants out of any university in the country, now if you add the additional removal of the bursaries it is easy to see why nursing is becoming less attractive.

When talking to current first-year nurse students, they gave a list of logical reasons in that they believe have contributed to the drop in applicants. One of the key reasons is time: when being a nurse the hours you work whilst on placement are 12-hour shifts, not including the additional 2+ hours you may be expected to travel to your location.

“The travel, as well as hours, are both physically and mentally draining,” stated a first-year student, you are working long shifts and once you’re home, you do not have the energy to do anything other than to sleep, work on assignment’s and get ready for the next shift. The hospital becomes your life and without having a bursary to help with the cost of travel and other expenses, such as washing your uniform, what’s the point? You may be helping others but you’re straining yourself, the only good thing about the course is that you do not have to stress about funding and if that goes that’s another stress that would be added.”

Another student had a different view “you wouldn’t want to do this course if you are young because you may be moving away from home for university, then being at a different location for your hospital that is already a lot of stress. Now adding on to that, we now would have to worry about finances, it makes sense that no one wants to do it.”


The Grammy’s 2017: A Record Winning Year for Adele.

Adele came out on top at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards held last night in Los Angeles. The soulful songstress bagged five Grammy’s including Album of the year for “25” and record of the year for “Hello”. Beating fellow nominees including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Drake, and Twenty-One Pilots in what could be the closest Grammy Awards ever.

The night also contained performances from multiple artists including Adele, Chance the Rapper, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd; and there were special tribute performances for the late greats George Michael, Prince and David Bowie. The late Bowie picked up five awards including best rock performance for his 2015 work Blackstar. But for many the highlight of the night was when Beyoncé performed her newest hits Sandcastles and Drought. Displaying her baby bump, the 35-year-old singer graced the stage going on to win best urban contemporary album.

The moment of the show that broke social media was Adele’s speech which she used her to honour Beyoncé and her album Lemonade, the 28-year-old singer said: “I’m very humbled and I’m very grateful and gracious, but my artist of my life is Beyoncé and this album to me, the Lemonade album, was just so monumental, Beyoncé. It was so monumental and so well thought out and so beautiful and soul-baring.”

Aside from the awards, a lot of controversy surrounded the event as singer Rihanna was shown numerous times drinking out of a bejeweled hip flask. 21-Pilots also shocked the audience when they decided to accept the award in their underwear, something which created a stir in the media

Other highlights of the show included Metallica & Lady Gaga’s performance of “Moth into Flame” facing technical difficulties along the way; James Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke where Jennifer Lopez, Neil Diamond and John Legend joined him and A Tribe Called Quest’s politically driven performance in which rapper Busta Rhymes referred to Donald Trump as “President Agent Orange”.