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Issued:11/10/16

As over 30,000 Sheffield Hallam University students start the new academic year, the University has released an interactive online tool which explores the positive impact of students, graduates and research upon communities across the Sheffield City Region.

From today, local people can see how the University is delivering jobs, skills, applied research and opportunities in their area, at the website shucityregion.org.

Sheffield Hallam adds an annual £424m to the Sheffield City Region economy. 18,500 students from the region have studied at the University over the last five years, with approximately 2,750 training as nurses and midwives, over 2,700 training as teachers and nearly 1,500 training in creative and digital skills.

Local examples show:

Sheffield Hallam's research impact includes the development of a £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) to help tackle inactivity and obesity, hundreds of partnerships with regional business to solve industrial problems through innovation and a project using virtual reality technology to help amputees.

Since coming into post in January, Sheffield Hallam Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Husbands has placed a renewed focus on the University playing a leading regional role. From the start of this academic year, a senior academic, Professor Karen Bryan, will be leading the university’s regional engagement.

Commenting on the release, Professor Chris Husbands said: - 

"From Doncaster to Derbyshire and Sheffield to Barnsley, Hallam is playing a crucial role in shaping communities."

"Whether it be providing local people with the skills to lead public services, or training the next generation of talent to drive forward our growing digital and advanced manufacturing industries - Sheffield Hallam is key to the city region's success.

Graduate impact
Research impact
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At the heart of the Sheffield City Region
Economic Impact

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"More than ever Sheffield Hallam University is at the heart of the Sheffield City Region, driving economic growth, providing opportunity and shaping the skyline with award winning buildings to host our outstanding students and staff".

This year the £30m flagship Charles Street building at City Campus opened, which is home to the Sheffield Institute of Education. The Sheffield Institute for Arts has taken up residence in the restored former Head Post Office, providing a stunning creative space and a new cultural hub for Sheffield and the wider region.

Next year the £10m refurbishment of the Sheaf and Eric Mensforth buildings will be complete, which will provide world leading chemistry laboratories and a new atrium as part of an impressive new entrance to the University, close to Sheffield Station.

Furthermore, the £14m Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) is also in development. Situated at the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park in the east end of Sheffield, it will be the most advanced centre for physical activity in the world, tackling the key global issues of static levels of physical activity and rising obesity.

Learn more about the University's applied research and how it makes a difference to people's lives.

For press information: Contact Ian Turgoose in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2074 or email i.turgoose@shu.ac.uk.