Alumni Foundation Case Studies

Departmental and Academic Projects

Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering – Freescale Cup

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in November 2014
  • Awarded £500

In November 2014, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering applied to the Alumni Foundation on behalf of a student project team hoping to compete in the Freescale Cup. The Freescale Cup is a global competition with over 23,000 students taking part in building, programming and racing an autonomous model car around a track for speed. Using only cameras and motion sensors with no human interaction it was an exciting challenge for the Sheffield students.

After receiving the grant, the team was able to compete at the event hosted by the Deggendorf Institute of Applied Sciences. Before their departure to Germany, the team tested out their cars on a specially built track funded by the Alumni Foundation. The competition helped students to develop programming and circuit creation skills and allowed them to represent the university at an international competition.

Departmental Freescale Car

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering - iGEM

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in March 2014
  • Awarded £600

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering applied to the Alumni Foundation for a grant to support an inter-disciplinary team from the University of Sheffield in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition. The iGEM competition is an annual, worldwide, synthetic biology event aimed at undergraduate university students. Multidisciplinary teams work all summer long to build genetically engineered systems using standard biological parts called Biobricks.

Using funding from the Alumni Foundation, the University of Sheffield team developed a novel system designed to prevent the emergence of fatbergs in sewers, large accumulations of fat and hair waste that can lead to blockages in urban drainage systems. The programme enabled students to gain experience in the development of new technologies, responsible and safe research practices, and project design. The team was awarded a gold medal, the highest achievement that the University of Sheffield has received since first entering the iGEM competition.

iGem Jamboree iGem Team

School of English – Postgraduate Colloquium 2014

  • Applied to the Alumni Foundation in March 2014
  • Awarded £310

The School of English Postgraduate Colloquium Committee organises and hosts an annual one-day conference, inviting postgraduate speakers to engage with a given theme. The colloquium is run entirely by postgraduate students in the School of English.

Thanks to the funding received from the Alumni Foundation, the School of English Postgraduate Colloquium 2014 was a notable success, attracting an audience of around seventy-five postgraduates and staff from universities across the UK, including twenty-seven speakers. Many of these attendees had become aware of the event through the publicity materials created using the funds provided by the Alumni Foundation. Due to the effectiveness of the publicity materials provided by the foundation the colloquium attracted delegates from across the UK. The funding received also allowed for each delegate at the colloquium to receive a full programme and book of abstracts containing details of the event, acknowledgements of support and the papers presented, as well as individual name badges to aid networking and social interaction. As a result the colloquium achieved its goals encouraging interdisciplinary and cross- departmental interaction as well as promoting Sheffield’s research community on a national level.

School of English Postgraduate Colloquium