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Engineering students get an £11m new home at Sheffield Hallam

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Issued:28/06/17

Sheffield Hallam University engineering students are getting used to a vibrant new home that joins two buildings with a modern £11m atrium.

The Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre is the latest part of Hallam’s City Campus directly adjacent to Sheffield station, with the new £11m centre acting as a hub of excellence for science, technology, engineering and maths subjects.  

Facilities include cutting edge robotics, automotive, electrical and biosciences laboratories, 11,500m sq of floor space for teaching and a stunning new atrium. 

This addition reinforces Sheffield Hallam's place as a leading institution for industry collaboration, learning and research, demonstrating the University's ambition to become the world's leading applied university.

The Centre, which joins together the Sheaf and Eric Mensforth buildings, is named after Hertha Aryton, an award winning English engineer, mathematician, inventor and physicist in the nineteenth century. 

Rhiannon Jones, an electrical and electronic engineering student, said: "Before, it was just an open space with no cover between the buildings - which caused a problem if you were carrying project work.

"But now, it's a lot easier to move around the buildings and it's just a really nice place to come and do revision, or meet friends. I've seen academics use the space for meetings as well; it's a very universal space."

Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences (ACES), said: "The important thing is students leave here with the skills and knowledge to be highly employable. And this new space gives them more freedom, space and facilities to develop their work further."

The Hertha Ayrton STEM Centre

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The centre is named after Hertha Ayrton (1854 - 1923) who was a pioneering British engineer, mathematician, physicist and inventor and the first female member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (now part of the Institution of Engineering and Technology).

In 1906, she was award the Hughes Medal by the Royal Society for her work on electric arcs and ripples in sand and water.

The Centre will be officially opened with a special event in Autumn 2017.

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