Welcome back! Summer news round-up

Pencils have been sharpened, sketchbooks dusted off and module choices made, as new and returning Department of Landscape students settle into our Arts Tower home for the start of a new semester.

Our undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students have all been busy over the summer months, with work placements, conferences and awards galore.

Below is a summer news round-up - click on each link to find out more about the ever busy lives of Department of Landscape students.


Undergraduates gain practical experience at Sussex Prairies

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Four undergraduate students got stuck into planting this summer as they took up placements at Sussex Prairie Garden.

BSc Landscape Architecture students Alistair Mockett, Christina Goodband, and Hoang Vo as well as BA Architecture and Landscape student Natasha Jackson, gained valuable, hands-on experience at the eight acre site, known for its naturalistic planting and perennial schemes.

Alistair said: “Doing a placement at Sussex Prairies has been really valuable in terms of plant ID and actually learning how to work hands on with plants in a garden and public setting. Not only have I learnt to propagate, divide, maintain and deliver plants as key skills, but really learnt to appreciate how they can change and develop in the short month I was there. Not to mention, Paul and Pauline being a huge help in visiting nearby gardens and events such as the Chelsea flower show to gain a wide experience of plants in use. It has been a fantastic use of my time working with such great people in the garden, I can’t wait to visit back again!”

University teacher Dr. Sally O’ Halloran, who set up the placements, is keen to encourage other gardens to take on landscape architect students as this has traditionally has been a role filled by horticultural students.

"I am so grateful to Paul and Pauline as the first-hand experience our students gained is invaluable in their understanding of the relationship between design and management," she said.

Alistair and Natasha now return to Sheffield for their third year, while Christina starts her Erasmus placement in Sweden and Hoang begins his Year in Practice.


Yi tackles landscape regeneration at Tongji Summer School

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MA Landscape Architecture student Yi Cheng attended the annual international design summer school organised by the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University in Shanghai.

The 10-day event attracted 36 postgraduates from all over the world to address issues around landscape regeneration and revitalisation of waterfronts.

The students considered re-designs for Wusong Port, a confluence area of the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers that the Baoshan government plan to transform into greenbelt.

Working in groups, the students undertook site visits and analysis, conducted research to create design schemes that improved both the ecological environment and the quality of public space.

Yi, who said the summer school had been a “wonderful experience”, was awarded the prize for most creative design with his group.


Josepha hosts Chinese studies conference in Sheffield

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As the President of the British Postgraduate network for Chinese Studies (BPCS), PhD student Josepha Richard organised the BPCS annual conference, which this year was held at the University of Sheffield on 14 and 15 June.

The interdisciplinary event attracted 40 postgraduate students from the UK and abroad to present their work on China and greater China, in topics as diverse as migration, women and gender and Taiwanese pop music.

Josepha received a £250 event grant from the Faculty of Social Sciences to organise the conference, which she did along with Dr Marjorie Dryburgh from the School of East Asian studies and Dr Tehyun Ma from the Department of History.

Photos can be seen here.


Gulsah wins outstanding student presentation award

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Gulsah Bilge, PhD student in the Department of Landscape, won the award for outstanding student presentation at the 2017 JpGU-AGU Joint Meeting, 20-25 May in Chiba, Japan for her presentation Surveying preferences for an urban park and visualizations of potential scenarios.

Gulsah, who is supervised by Professor Eckart Lange gave the presentation as part of the International Comparison of Landscape Appreciation session.

The Outstanding Student Presentation Award (OSPA) is given in recognition of excellence in presenting their work amongst students in each section.

Gulsah said: “My paper contributes to the body of knowledge by investigating user preferences in the urban parks and their influences on the park use and sense of place. It also develops an approach for users to share their opinions through newly emerged technology and new application on mobile devices before the decisions are made. It provides an ideal platform for public to meet professionals and experts to design more sustainable and user-friendly site with the contribution from the stakeholders.”

Further details of Gulsah's presentation are here.