GLOSS award helps Landscape student move around the world

Jiayue Jiang with Dr Clare Rishbeth in Bryant Park, New York

Third year Landscape student Jiayue Jiang is one of only five University of Sheffield students to have become a GLOSS Research Associate, enabling her to conduct international research into moveable seating.

The award, which is given by the Faculty of Social Sciences, aims to promote student engagement in global learning.

Jiayue travelled to New York, Paris and London, in June and July this year, to conduct research on the flexible use of public space, in conjunction with Dr Clare Rishbeth.

Jiayue mapped eight sites that contained moveable seating. By recording the position of tables and chairs at regular intervals, the project aims to examine the role of design and management of public spaces with movable seating.

Jiayue said: “GLOSS is a really great scheme that provides the opportunity for students to participate in international research. Through this research, I gained valuable experience outside of my course, as well as the opportunity to explore the world. I gained better communication skills by talking to people from different culture backgrounds. Traveling by myself was another challenge and taught me how to work in a new environment.”

Global Learning Opportunities in the Social Sciences (GLOSS) provides students with unique opportunities to understand their courses in an international context, actively engage with international policy makers, stakeholders and partners, and be involved in international research undertaken within the Faculty of Social Sciences.

More information on the GLOSS scheme can be found here.