Christmas dates for your diary 

Sustainable Festive Fayre

Tuesday 17 December 2019

11am-2pm, Activities Zone, Students' Union

The fayre is a great way to get involved in seasonal festivities in a sustainably-conscious way. It will be held in the Activities Zone, in the Students’ Union, and will be open to all staff and students.

There will be stalls selling items, including hand-made crafts created by the University’s needlework and craft group; a festive and sustainable bake sale; and a tombola with locally-sourced and sustainable prizes to be won, kindly donated by local businesses.

Money raised from the Sustainable Festive Fayre will be donated to the Desert Garden appeal. Desert Garden is a project led by our scientists who have found a way of growing crops without soil. They have taken this innovation to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, where it is transforming the lives of people displaced by war. Now, over 650 families are growing fresh produce, such as tomatoes and mint, in foam from discarded mattresses in place of soil. There will be members of the team on hand at the fayre to explain their work in more detail.

If you are interested in getting involved in the fayre and activities or fundraising for the project, please contact the Green Impact coordinator in your department or Maddie Sinclair from our Department of Alumni Relations and Events (DARE) team who will be able to share further details with you.

Christmas jumper jumble sale

Donate your unwanted Christmas jumpers by Monday 16 December!

We will also be holding a Christmas jumper jumble sale at the Sustainable Festive Fayre.

Did you know there are 65 million Christmas jumpers languishing in wardrobes across Britain and two out of five of these are only worn once over the festive period. 95 per cent of Christmas jumpers on sale are made wholly or mostly from plastic.

Please dig out your old jumpers and donate them at one of the drop-off points across campus:

  • Arts Tower reception
  • Diamond reception
  • SU Volunteering Office
  • The Edge reception

These will be sold for a small donation at the fayre; giving your old jumper a new home. Also come along and buy yourself a new jumper!

The more the merrier - There is no limit to how many jumpers you can donate - just as many as you can carry in. The money raised from jumpers sold will be donated to the Desert Garden appeal.

Man wearing Christmas jumper with tinsel and bows

University Carol Service

Monday 16 December 2019

1.10-2pm, Firth Hall

Come along and join us for the annual University Carol Service.

Our annual University Carol Service is a celebration of Christmas for staff and students from across campus. With a variety of music and readings as well as all your favourite carols, it's the perfect way to get into the festive spirit.

All welcome. We look forward to seeing you there.

Local Christmas carol workshops

Friday 20 December 2019

12.30-1.50pm, St Andrew's URC Church Upper Hanover Street

By popular demand, the local carol workshop will be held again this year for University staff and friends - a chance to sing some well known and lesser known Christmas carols, many originating from the villages to the north of Sheffield. These workshops were originally put on for staff in what was LeTS, and expanded quickly to include friends in other parts of the University as well as family members.

Supported by members of Worrall Male Voice Choir (Musical Director: Nigel Russell-Sewell) and Broomhall Community Choir (Musical Director: Stephen Vickers), due to popularity the workshops have grown from a few people meeting in the Union TV studio, to Firth Hall, to moving five years ago to St Andrew's.

If you have a copy of "The Blue Book-The Joy of Christmas" please bring this with you, otherwise the carols will be available on the day (and copies of the Blue Book will be available for purchase).

The Snowman: Live

Saturday 21 December

3pm, The Octagon

Briggs’s heartwarming tale of a snowman that comes to life, and his adventures with the little boy who built him is magically brought to life in this breath-taking performance! A full orchestra (Sheffield Rep.) will play Howard Blake’s musical score live as you watch the film.

The orchestra will also be playing a medley of music from the film "Frozen", alongside other Christmassy favourites; timeless Christmas magic for the whole family!

Celebrate the festive season with Sheffield Concerts and don't forget to use the code STAFF10 for a 10 per cent discount.

Book here

The Snowman

Make sure your mail arrives on time

It’s a busy time of year for the Royal Mail, so if you need something to arrive on time, take a minute to note these last recommended posting dates:

  • Wednesday 18 December: 2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For
  • Friday 20 December: 1st Class and 1st Class Signed For and Royal Mail Tracked 48 Saturday 21 December: Royal Mail Tracked 24
  • Monday 23 December: Special Delivery Guaranteed

Visit the Royal Mail website for further information

The last collection of items for franking from University departments will be 11am on Tuesday 24 December 2019.

Christmas and New Year closures

Tuesday 24 December at 4pm – the vast majority of University buildings will close at this time and re-open on at 7am on Thursday 2 January 2020.

  • Wednesday 25 December 2019 - Bank Holiday
  • Thursday 26 December 2019 - Bank Holiday
  • Friday 27 December 2019 - Closure day
  • Monday 30 December 2019 - Closure day
  • Tuesday 31 December 2019 - Closure day
  • Wednesday 1 January 2020 - Bank Holiday

University Christmas card

Our digital Christmas card, inspired by an innovative project born out of great science at Sheffield, is now available to send to your colleagues, friends and family!

Send a Christmas e-card

Switch off for Christmas

Support sustainability at Sheffield by switching off before you leave for the holidays:

  • Make sure monitors are switched off, not just on standby
  • Make sure all windows are closed
  • Unplug all chargers and other unnecessary equipment
  • Switch off the lights

Have a sustainable Christmas

Our Juice Health and Wellbeing team have shared their 10 top tips for a sustainable Christmas:

  • Choose decorations to last a lifetime
  • Use brown paper to wrap gifts
  • Take reusable bags when you Christmas shop
  • Give battery-free gifts
  • Send an e-card rather than physical cards
  • Avoid disposable plates and cutlery when hosting a party
  • Make sure your Christmas lights are LED
  • Use tape sparingly when wrapping gifts
  • Consider secret Santa
  • Choose gifts that are designed to last

Christmas gifts wrapped in brown paper

Recycle your Christmas tree on campus

Saturday 11 January 2020

8am-2pm, IC car park

The University's Landscape Team is offering free Christmas tree chipping in the IC car park from 8am-2pm on Saturday 11 January 2019.

Just arrive with your tree at any point between these times and they'll put it through their chipper. Once the chippings have broken down, they'll be used as mulch across campus to keep it bright and beautiful throughout 2020.

This chipping service is open to everyone, not just staff and students, so do share with your friends and neighbours.

Christmas tree in boot of car