Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Pop-Up University Engineers Tackle Climate Change

Bertie Knight, Cohort 2019

From September 20-22, SELA Cohort 2018 ran the first-ever undergraduate-led installation in the Pop Up University – the University of Sheffield’s city-wide engagement event. Throughout the weekend, the Cohort showcased engineering, in all its disciplines, helping visitors of all ages to see how engineers create and shape the world around us. The event utilised many of the stands that our cohort used for the ‘Get Up To Speed With STEM’ event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham, back in late March. The exhibition included a pinball machine, a marble run activity, a cog puzzle and an electrical engineering-related joystick game – all built by students from the cohort – as well as robots and lab demonstrations.

Monday, 9 September 2019

Insight into Defence Technology: My Placement in Colombia with Tecnolgías Marte

Bertie Knight, Cohort 2018

Right now, I’m halfway through working for the defence technology company Tecnologías Marte in Medellín, Colombia for my first summer placement as part of the SELA programme. From when I started writing my application till now, I’ve received a tonne of support from plenty of people associated with the academy, so I deemed it only fair to write a blog or two about what I’ve been up to. I want this blog to provide some details about the project I’m working on out here. I’m also writing a separate blog to give some insight on what my first experience has been like in the developing world, and how it all ties into a wider and global engineering context - look out for it here soon!

Thursday, 5 September 2019

SELA's industry-linked integrative projects shortlisted for National Enterprise Educator Award

SELA is delighted to have been shortlisted in this year’s prestigious National Enterprise Educator Awards in the Higher Education Team Category.

SELA has been shortlisted for its integrative projects, which use enterprise and entrepreneurship to connect students’ learning to real issues in our city, with national relevance. The year-long projects have stimulus briefs that provide wide scope for students to create, communicate and realise their own vision, whilst delivering real value to our University, businesses and wider stakeholders.

Thursday, 22 August 2019

88 Pianists, 1 Piano, and a new World Record!

Jack Trethewey, Cohort 2018

If I was to get you to write a list of what you would expect to see at a major conference, you would probably write down things like, smartly-dressed executives, immaculate business cards flying all over the room and leather-bound briefcases and handbags. You may even note down a plethora of delicately arranged “nibbles” and drinks, acting as a safety net for any executive keen to break free from conversation. What I wouldn’t expect you to list is a life-sized wooden giraffe, a brightly-coloured rainbow-shooting unicorn, an extendable, enlarged and multicoloured wooden hand, or a giant rabbit on a catapult - all playing the piano. Objects at the mercy of 88 primary-school children arranged in a semi-circle, under the watchful eye of Julian Lloyd Webber. Yet, fantastically, this is exactly what I saw, thanks to the work and commitment of The University of Sheffield’s Dr Candice Majewski, SELA cohort members James Rayson, Robin Watkins-New, James Whitehead and many other fantastic engineers and musicians from universities all over the country.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Energy Insights: My Placement at Professional Energy Purchasing

Mark Harris, Cohort 2018

During summer 2019, I completed a 7-week placement at a company called Professional Energy Purchasing, working as a social media analyst. So first of all, you may be thinking that a social media analyst isn’t exactly something an engineering student might do, but hear me out. This opportunity came about mostly by chance, but that’s not to say it was a complete fluke.

Like the rest of the 2018 SELA cohort I was involved in Get Up To Speed with STEM (a big Science and Engineering event, to inspire 3,000 young people about their potential to succeed through engineering), and during the day we were all given the chance to look around the rest of the exhibits and do some networking.

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Conferring Benefits: How integrated learning projects developed my skills

Ben Sharp, Cohort 2017

It was approaching the end of my third year in Sheffield when Gary Wood (Head of SELA) approached Dan Habbershaw (Cohort 2017) and me to co-author a paper for education conference ESLTIS 19 (Enhancing Student Learning through Innovative Scholarship). This meant that both my time with SELA and my Bachelor’s degree were concluding at an alarming rate of deadlines, reports and exams. But I bit Gary’s hand off at the opportunity to co-author a paper on Integrative Learning Projects. Despite my finals, I was coping and managing my workload effectively because of the Projects that I had been involved with in my time in SELA, that were integrated into the series of workshops and guest talks that Gary had organised.

Monday, 5 August 2019

Head of SELA awarded National Teaching Fellowship for outstanding impact in higher education

Head of SELA, Dr Gary Wood, has been honoured with a national award in recognition of his work to transform student and academic learning.

Dr Wood is one of three academics from the University of Sheffield to have been awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships by Advance HE, recognising the outstanding impact of their teaching and support for learning in higher education.

From his innovative work around teaching linguistics, to his exceptional contribution in embedding enterprise education into the curriculum and most recently, his success in championing skills and leadership development among engineering students, Dr Wood has consistently had a transformative impact on the students he works with.