A group of students have occupied the Arts Tower at the University of Sheffield in support of lecturers on strike over pensions. The University and College Union (UCU) is in dispute with Universities UK, the employer organisation for universities nationwide, over changes to staff pensions arrangements. The students say university management are complicit in “attacks” on pensions as “part of a wider agenda of marketisation” of the education system. A University of Sheffield spokesperson told Sheffield Live: “The University is aware of the situation and will be providing information as appropriate to staff and students”. Baillor Jalloh reports.
An Iraqi student in Sheffield has spoken of the distress he faced whilst he was detained by the Home Office at Morton Hall detention centre. Ahmed Sedeeq, an atheist who came to the UK in 2011, told Sheffield Live! “detention is not a picnic” and living an uncertain life is distressing. Ahmed was detained and threatened with deportation by UK border officers on 18 December 2017 but released a week later after more than 11,000 signed a petition asking the Home Office and The University of Sheffield to let him continue his studies.
More than 11,000 people signed a petition calling on the Home Office and the University of Sheffield to allow a PhD student to continue his studies. Ahmed Sedeeq was detained and threatened with deportation by UK border officers on 18 December 2017 but has since been released by the Home Office. Sanaz Raji, of Unis Resist Border Control, accused The University of Sheffield of “colluding with the Home Office” and doing little to support Ahmed following his detention. A University of Sheffield spokesperson told Sheffield Live! “Our student support staff have been in regular contact with both Ahmed and his solicitor since we were made aware of the case some weeks ago, including liaising with his legal advisers over the Christmas period. We have now received confirmation in regards to Ahmed’s immigration status which has enabled us to restore his university registration and continue to support him in resuming his studies at the University”. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Scientists at the University of Sheffield have found that an arthritis drug could be effective in the treatment of blood cancer patients. Polycythemia vera is a type of blood cancer which affects 3,000 people a year. Current treatments dont slow progression of the disease and provide little relief from symptoms.The University of Sheffield research group found that a commonly used to treatment for arthiritis, Methotrixate, could also slow the blood cancer disease by directly inhibiting the molecular pathway responsible. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Martin Zeidler, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Biomedical Science.
Skywatchers in Sheffield have been enjoying a ‘supermoon’ sighting as the Earth’s satellite makes its closest approach since 1948. The supermoon was at its brightest on Monday night when, for observers, it appeared about seven per cent larger and fifteen per cent brighter than normal. The moon will not be this close again until 25 November 2034. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with astrophysicist Professor Simon Goodwin from University of Sheffield.
University of Sheffield have announced ground breaking research into the prevention of secondary breast cancer. The research in partnership with the University of Copenhagen has found that high levels of a particular enzyme is what leaves to secondary or metastatic breast cancer. The pioneering research, co-led by Dr Alison Gartland at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Human Metabolism, could lead to a better prognosis for cancer patients in the longer term.
Geography students from University of Sheffield returned from a field trip to Nepal three weeks ago. They worked and lived in the areas that have been devastated by the earthquake.
Senior Lecturer in Economics Jonathan Perraton explains how some of the measures in the The Autumn Statement will affect the people of Sheffield.
Sheffield students are celebrating cultural diversity and the city’s international connections in a week long series of events commencing with a parade to Barker’s Pool. World Week 2014 is organised by the University of Sheffield International Students’ Committee, One World and Global Campus.
Professor Milton Wainwright works at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Last week he attracted national and international media attention after writing in the Journal of Cosmology that he has recovered biological entities from between 22 and 27 kilometres above the earth that – he concludes – may originate from space.
And this week Professor Wainwright spoke with Sheffield Live’s Andy Cooper about his conclusions.
You can listen to Andy’s 49 minute interview with Professor Wainwright here:
Or you can listen to an abridged 11 minute version of the interview within the Communities Live programme from 26/09/2013, here.
Wainwright claims that it would be impossible for particles of the size he has recovered to ascend from Earth to this distance above the earth without an event such as a violent volcanic eruption, and that nothing like this occurred within three years of the sampling (done via a special balloon). He’s also emphatic that no cross-contamination occurred.
“Potentially a history making story,” says Andy. Listen to the complete interview, above.