Upcoming events for staff

Events, webinars and workshops that may be of interest to University staff

If you are running an event, workshop or webinar for staff and would like it to be included on this page, please tell us via this Google Form

Please submit your event by Wednesday at 12 noon for it to be included in time for that week's Staff Update. If you have any questions, email internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk

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November 2020

Mesmerising saxophone, and coded music in 3D: November streams from University of Sheffield Concerts

Despite the lockdown, University of Sheffield Concerts is busy as ever with an exciting run of streamed concerts to keep you entertained throughout this dreadful month! Don't forget, staff can get 10% off all concert/stream tickets with the staff discount code STAFF10.

Thursday 26 November: Illuminate Women's Music

7.30pm - £8 for a high quality exclusive recorded concert

Naomi Sullivan and Yshani Perinpanayagam will perform new pieces from four emerging women composers; Angela Elizabeth Slater, Charlotte Bray, Ray Gibson, and Nina Danon. Alongside these new pieces the programme will include historical works and existing repertoire including Morfydd Owen's Four Welsh Impressions for solo piano and Paule Maurice's Tableaux de Provence for alto saxophone and piano.

Followed by a talk from Angela Slater on the project, which looks to elevate women composers and performers in the classical music genre.

Tickets for all events and further info


Brexit and the UK Judiciary: Boon or Curse?

Friday 27 November 2020, 11.30am - 3.30pm

Join the School of Law on Friday 27 November for Brexit and the UK Judiciary: Boon or Curse? The morning session will explore the role of the courts and speakers include Paul Craig (Oxford), Aileen McHarg (Durham), Alison Young (Cambridge). The afternoon session will focus on court criticism, democracy and the rule of law, with speakers Jack Simson Caird (UK Parliament), Irini Katsirea (Sheffield), Chris Hanratty (Royal Holloway).

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ReTraCE Webinar: Circular economy as an essentially contested concept

Friday 27 November 2020, 3pm CET

You are kindly invited to attend a webinar hosted by the ReTraCE Projects:

Circular economy as an essentially contested concept
Speaker: Jouni Korhonen, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The Circular Economy (CE) is currently a popular notion within the policy and business advocacy groups. Despite being visionary and provocative in its message, the research on the CE concept is emerging. The two intertwined objectives of the talk are; first to identify, discuss and develop the various definitions provided by the emerging literature. Secondly, to suggest an initial research approach with which research on CE can be conducted. Our analysis shows that the existing CE work is mainly done on the practical and technical levels of the actual physical flows of materials and energy in production-consumption systems. The focus of the extant literature is on concrete metrics, tools, instruments and computations. Therefore, the basic assumptions concerning the values, societal structures, cultures, underlying world-views and the paradigmatic potential of CE remain largely unexplored. We argue that CE has already become what Gallie (1955) more than six decades ago termed as an “essentially contested concept” (ECC).

Please, join via this link: https://www.gotomeet.me/USFD/ce-as-an-essentially-contested-concept

New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts. You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (571) 317-3122 - Access Code: 242-395-661


SHEFF-Yield: Introduction to hydroponics

Friday 27 November 2020, 6pm

SHEFF-Yield is the Grantham Centre's Green Impact project which aims to teach the Sheffield community how to grow your own food at home so that we can become more sustainable and rely at least partially on our own harvest. They are doing this via webinars, blog articles and sharing useful online resources.

Using hydroponics means that you don't need to have a garden or an allotment plot to grow food - indeed you can grow your own food indoors, and the tools to do that are easily available to anyone. In their first webinar, PhD student Harry Wright will explain how hydroponics work and he will show a practical demonstration and explain how you can grow food using this method at home. Harry will also talk about his PhD research on recyclable polymer foams used as synthetic soils. Harry has been involved in Desert Garden project which is teaching the residents of Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan how to grow plants in mattresses.

Find out how to get started with hydroponics in Harry's blog post on the SHEFF-Yield website.

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Disability Day of Action 2020: Impact of COVID-19 on Disabled Workers by Elane Heffernan (UCU)

Monday 30 November 2020, 1 - 2pm

Link to attend: https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/4655a4112a7e4e3dba79dc3b3bd08f6c

Elane will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on disabled people, including the removal of rights to inclusive education and independent living 25 years after militant protest won the first disability rights legislation in the UK. She will look at the additional stresses caused to disabled workers by the pandemic, lockdown and return to face to face working. Elane will help us to think about organising disabled workers to be more effective within the union for disabled workers’ rights, whether as allies or disabled workers ourselves.

Elane Heffernen is currently the Chair of the Disabled Members Standing Committee and sits on the National Executive Committee representing further education. She also sits on the Trades Union Congress (TUC) Disabled Workers Committee.

December 2020

Disability Day of Action 2020: Sick, but not sick enough: Exploring Experiences of Individuals with Rare Neurodiverse Conditions by Tallulah Clark

Tuesday 1 December 2020, 1 - 2pm

Link to attend: https://eu.bbcollab.com/collab/ui/session/guest/abdbcc0490954b3fbb51925ee0223de3

This paper will draw upon some of Tallulah Clark's recent work for her final year dissertation project.

This was a qualitative mixed-methods study exploring the lived experiences of individuals with neurological differences who have found their learning experiences more challenging than the neurotypical majority who dominate society. Two semi-structured interviews were carried out with thematic analysis identifying the tangible and more abstract barriers within the education system, as well as the detrimental effects of stigma and stereotypes. Participants discussed the concept of ‘invisible illness’ as something highly significant in shaping their academic and social experiences. The implications of the study suggest that the education system must do more to encourage students who are eligible to take their place in higher education by supporting their application and continuing to provide necessary guidance throughout their studies. Equally, the findings suggest the need to better equip staff with specific training about neurological differences, ‘invisible’ symptoms, and their implications. This research has the potential for further development, as the conclusions show significant gaps in research around the lived experiences of neurodiverse individuals and there is still a lack of disability awareness.

Tallulah Clark graduated this year from the University of Sheffield with a BA Education, Culture and Childhood degree. She was awarded the School of Education Undergraduate Dissertation Prize for her research. Tallulah has a blog which talks about her experiences juggling her rare neurodegerative condition called Ataxia and daily life, providing an insight into her thoughts and feelings about navigating her way through society whilst having a disability.


Grantham Centre Annual Symposium

1 - 2 December 2020

The Grantham Centre Annual Symposium showcases multidisciplinary sustainability research across the University of Sheffield. A range of speakers will talk about their research, including how it may have been impacted or influenced by Covid-19. The theme of this year's symposium is 'Is Covid-19 the catalyst needed to enable environmental sustainability and climate justice?'. You can use this Eventbrite link to sign up to the event which will take place online on 1 and 2 December 2020.

We will be hosting a special panel discussion: ‘No climate justice without racial justice’. Our panellists are: Magid Magid (activist, writer, former Green Party MEP and Lord Mayor of Sheffield); Charise Johnson (The British Academy) and Aarti Iyer (Department of Psychology, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity). Other speakers include Sarah Storey (Active Travel Commissioner, Sheffield City Region) who will talk about how COVID-19 kick started active travel, Bhavani Shankar who will discuss global food and nutrition security in the shadow of Covid-19 or Vanessa Speight who will explain how to track Covid-19 through wastewater based epidemiology.

Open to all staff. The full programme and more information about the speakers are available here.


CIRCLE Seminar: Private labor market intermediaries in the evolving market for live-in care

Monday 7 December 2020, 12.30 - 2pm

The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour & Equalities (CIRCLE) warmly invite you to a virtual seminar with Professor Simone Lieber from University of Duisburg in Essen, as part of their Sustainable Care seminar series.

Private Labor Market Intermediaries in the evolving market for live-in migrant care work between Germany and Poland

This presentation deals with private companies involved in organizing so-called live-in care arrangements between EU member states, with a particular focus on Germany and Poland. Due to gaps of the public long-term care system, employing live-in migrant care workers in private households has become a widespread individual solution for growing long-term care needs in Germany. Since eastern EU enlargement, private brokerage agencies placing Polish live-in migrant care workers in German households have grown considerably. The analysis presents so far unique data of the field by combining an online survey among brokerage agencies with semi-structured qualitative expert interviews with agency heads and other political stakeholders. Building on approaches conceptualising the role of intermediaries in formalising domestic work, this research aims to provide a more fine-grained typology of private brokerage agencies, taking into account not only the legal environment and structural features of these private enterprises, but also their strategic positioning under conditions of high legal uncertainty in the EU multi-level governance system. By analysing corporate as well as political strategies of these intermediaries, we distinguish three different agency types we call pioneers, minimum effort players and followers.

Professor Simone Lieber

Simone Leiber is professor for social policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany. She has been a doctoral and postdoctoral researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Studies of Societies, Cologne, and senior researcher at the Institute of Economic and Social Research at the Hans Böckler Foundation - a research institute funded by German labour unions. Her research interests are: comparative welfare state research with a particular focus on care polices.

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For more information, please contact Kelly Davidge (k.s.davidge@sheffield.ac.uk). Please share with your PhD students and anyone else interested.


Supporting managers to respond effectively to domestic abuse

Tuesday 8 December 2020, 10am

For many at risk of domestic abuse, we know that home is not a safe space, and across the country working from home has often coincided with increased incidents of abuse.

To help managers, and other interested colleagues, recognise the signs of domestic abuse and support staff who are enduring domestic abuse, we will be holding a live one-hour webinar at 10 am on Tuesday 8 December 2020, run by a qualified Independent Domestic Violence Advisor (IDVA) from the Everyone’s Business Advice Line.

The session will cover:

  • A brief overview of what domestic abuse is, including abuse which is non physical.
  • Recognising possible workplace signs of domestic abuse and what a supportive response could be.
  • Guidance on referring/signposting.
  • Closing live Q&A session.

The session is aimed at managers but is also open to all colleagues who may be interested.

To register your attendance please email staffwellbeing@sheffield.ac.uk and a meeting will be added to your calendar titled ‘Everyone’s Business Webinar’.

The workplace is often the only safe space for those at risk of domestic abuse. As many members of staff will no longer be seen every day by their colleagues, it is crucial that line managers stay in regular contact with their team members. Further guidance on domestic violence and abuse


Confucius Institute: Turning farmers into sages. Chinese philosophers on wealth, want and labour

Thursday 10 December 2020, 2pm

The Sheffield Confucius Institute is delighted to announce the next China Seminar Series, which will be held on Thursday 10 December 2020, at 2pm UK time.

The talk will explore what the ancient Chinese thought about wealth, poverty, and how one should aspire to become a productive member of society.

Which professions make a good person? What types of labour ought to be encouraged? Is it morally correct to generate riches and accumulate wealth? What attitude should a good ruler display towards the poor and have-nots? These were questions that figured highly on the agenda of China's "masters of philosophy" during the age of Confucius, and they remain topics of debate in China today. Today, politicians still hail agriculture as the foundation of Chinese civilization. But how accurate are these reflections?

In this seminar, we will explore what the ancient Chinese thought about wealth, poverty, and how one should aspire to become a productive member of society.

Guest speaker Roel Sterckx is the Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science and Civilization at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Clare College. He is the author of several books on the cultural history of early China. His most recent book, Chinese Thought. From Confucius to Cook Ding (London: Penguin, 2019) was nominated by the BBC History Magazine as one of its Books of the Year.

Sign up via Eventbrite

If you have any questions, please contact confucius@sheffield.ac.uk


Elevate: Learning and teaching development events

Good feedback practice:

Thursday 3 December 2020, 1 - 2pm

This workshop will provide a range of techniques to give effective feedback to students. This workshop is aimed at staff new to teaching or wanting a refresh of their practice.

Small group teaching seminars:

Tuesday 8 December 2020, 11am - 12pm

This session is intended for people who design or teach small group sessions. The aim is to talk through some key considerations for seminar teaching and work collaboratively to address your challenges. The content of this session applies to face to face and online teaching. The session is for those new to seminar teaching and those adapting to new models of delivery. GTAs are advised to attend the STA session.

All Elevate events can be booked via the Elevate section of the LMS


Research IT Forum: Machine / deep Learning

Wednesday 16 December 2020, 3 - 4.30pm

Research IT are hosting the second Research IT Forum on 16 December 2020. The theme for the event is Machine/deep learning at The University of Sheffield and the new Tier 2 GPU clusters.

You can expect the following four exciting talks:

  • Engineering effective machine learning pipelines - John Oyekan, ACSE
  • Deep learning for real world medical imaging problems - Bilal Tahir, The Medical School
  • Jade II - Tier 2 GPU cluster - Twin Karmakharm, RSE
  • Bede - Tier 2 GPU cluster - Paul Richmond, RSE

Register for this online event via Eventbrite

NOTE: the event link will be emailed to all registered attendees by close of business on 15 December.