Latest news from the Sheffield Live! teams

Campaign grows to save archaeology department

Hundreds of supporters joined a campaign rally this week to save the University of Sheffield’s world-renowned archaeology department. The department is scheduled to be closed over the next few years with university bosses blaming a “difficult external environment” and a “significant reduction” in the number of undergraduate students. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Umberto Albarella, a professor of archaeology at the University of Sheffield.

Volunteers sought for Covid booster research

Grounded Research, the research team at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust, has been selected to join an international Covid-19 booster trial. The team is seeking volunteers to take part in Covid-19 vaccine booster research and are calling on members of the public in Sheffield to help them understand the impact of the booster jab on new variants. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Dr Adrian Phillipson who is leading the trial for Grounded Research.

Vigil held for migrant deaths tragedy

A vigil outside Sheffield Town Hall has been held to remember the group of at least 27 people who drowned last Wednesday while trying to cross the English channel in a small dinghy. The deaths are the worst single accident involving attempted crossings by migrants seeking to reach the UK from France. Sheffield Live! reporter Ballor Jalloh spoke to Maxine Bowler and Ebru Garnett from Sheffield’s Stand Up to Racism campaign group.

Public urged to maintain Covid safety measures amid new variant concern

Sheffield’s public health boss Greg Fell is urging residents to maintain hygiene and other Covid safety measures as more research is awaited on the Omicron variant. The UK Health Security Agency confirmed this week more cases of the variant in England. The individuals who have tested positive are not connected to one another or to previously confirmed cases. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield’s Bryony Page wins gold in World Trampoline Championships

Sheffield’s Bryony Page has added her name to the history books once again by becoming the first British female trampoline gymnast to win a World Championships gold medal since Sue Shotton in 1984. Thirty year old Page won the individual gold at the Trampolining Gymnastics World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. The medal adds to her team gold from 2013 and silver and bronze Olympic medals from Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Page’s personal trampolining coach Paul Greaves.

Hundreds join march with midwives vigil

Hundreds of people gathered on Devonshire Green at the weekend as part of March with Midwives Day, a national day to highlight the crisis in maternity care. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to midwife Radha Wilson and Cat Ross, chief executive of family support charity Baby Basics.

Sheffield cricket coach urge caution on racism row

Shahid Ali, coach for Allama Iqbal Cricket Club, told Sheffield Live! he is not surprised with the allegations of racism at Yorkshire Cricket Club but urges people to be cautious as investigations continue. His comment came as over 35 people have contacted Yorkshire Cricket Club’s whistle-blowing hotline since it was launched just a week ago. It was set up after Azeem Rafiq spoke up about enduring years of racism whilst playing at the club. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield travellers react to scrapping of HS2

Sheffield rail travellers spoke to Sheffield Live! following the government decision to axe the eastern leg of HS2. The plan to connect leeds and Manchester to the the HS2 network are to be replaced with the Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) which promises faster train journeys between the East and West Midlands, Yorkshire and the North West, with £96bn expected to be invested into the upgraded rail network. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield students celebrate graduations

Live and in person graduation ceremonies have been taking place at Sheffield two universities for the first time since the Covid pandemic struck 18 months ago. Graduates have been permitted to bring friends and family members as well as to meet without social distancing. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Thousands join climate rally

Over two thousand demonstrators marched through Sheffield city centre at the weekend to demand more action on the climate emergency. The event was one of hundreds of similar events around the world including in Glasgow where the COP26 summit has been taking place. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!