Upcoming events organised by the Events Team
You can watch our past public lectures here. For queries on any of the upcoming events please email firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Rethinking our thinking: 21st Century Justice' by Lord Burnett of Maldon, the Lord Chief Justice of England & Wales
Tuesday 5 March, 6.15pm
Lecture Theatre 4, The Arts Tower
The judiciary is helping to shape the most ambitious courts and tribunals modernisation programme in over 100 years. In this short address, the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales will outline the importance of this work and how it will improve access to justice and the way in which the courts work.
The Lord Chief Justice, who is bringing the Court of Appeal to Sheffield for two days, will also touch on the widening diversity of the judiciary. After hearing from the Lord Chief Justice, Professor Richard Percival from the School of Law and Gul Nawaz Hussain QC, Bank House Chambers, will share their thoughts. A Q & A session will then follow chaired by Louise Glover, Director of Civic Engagement, School of Law.
Public Lecture with Professor Dave Petley
Wednesday 6 March, 6.00pm
To mark forthcoming British Science Week (8-17 March), Vice-President for Research and Innovation, Professor Dave Petley will be delivering a public lecture.
'Things are going downhill fast: understanding massive landslides'
Landslides are an under-appreciated natural hazard, killing an average of about 10,000 people per year. Even in the UK they can represent a significant threat – for example, the 1966 Aberfan landslide in South Wales killed 144 people, most of them children, whilst Network Rail suffers an average of about 75 earthworks failures per year. Landslides are a natural phenomenon, usually triggered by heavy rainfall or by earthquakes, but there is strong evidence that human activities such as road building in marginally-stable mountainous areas, is increasing their impacts. This talk will use examples from the UK, China, Pakistan and elsewhere to explain how and why landslides occur, and to explore the human and social costs that they incur. The talk will examine the disastrous impacts from the 2008 earthquake in China, and of a single enormous landslide in the mountains of Pakistan in 2010, showing the ways that these events affected the local population for years after the failure. Finally the talk will look at future prospects for landslides in light of climate change and increasing populations.
The 13th Roberts Lecture
Wednesday 27 March
Professor Neil Rackham will be delivering the 13th Roberts Lecture.
'University Teaching in a Post-knowledge Age'
Historically, the business of universities has been to create, teach, test and certify knowledge. In an age where the Internet has made knowledge a freely available commodity, what will be the consequences for university teaching? Will knowledge teaching vehicles like lectures disappear and, if so, what should come in their place? If, as has been widely suggested, there will be a shift away from knowledge learning towards the learning of skills, which skills should be at the core of the new university curriculum? And, because skills learning is fundamentally different from knowledge learning, how must we rethink our teaching philosophies and techniques? Existing methods of skill development are disproportionately costly and labour intensive compared to knowledge teaching. Can the experiences of the business world in teaching skills give us some ideas about how universities might scale skills learning and make it an economic reality?
University Quiz Night
Thursday 2 May
The annual University Quiz Night for staff, students, alumni and friends. Save the date!
Former Staff Event
Wednesday 10 July
An invitation only event for former staff of the University of Sheffield.
Summer Graduation Ceremonies
Monday 15 - Friday 19 July
The Octagon and Students' Union
Visit our graduation web pages for more information.
Friday 20 - Sunday 22 September
Sheffield City Centre
An event led by Partnerships and Regional Engagement, the Mobile University is back in 2019! Bite size talks about the University's research on a bus over three days across the city centre.
Elite Sports Performance Scheme Awards Night
Thursday 14 November
An awards night for students on the Sport Sheffield Elite Sport Performance Scheme.