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Sheffield Hallam University has bagged three medals in a national competition that celebrates the contribution of higher education to the London 2012 Olympics.

The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at the University will walk away with at least two silver medals from The Podium Awards after its Sports Lab exhibition was shortlisted for The Get Set Award for Inspiring Outstanding Learning through the London 2012 Games.

It was also shortlisted for The Research Councils UK (RCUK) Award for Innovative Research Contribution for its work with sporting organisations such as GB Boxing and British Swimming.

The Podium Awards is a prestigious one-off celebration recognising the vital role colleges and universities across the UK have played in delivering the London 2012 Games. The medals will be confirmed as either gold or silver at an awards ceremony at Forman's Fish Island, the first restaurant to open at Olympic Park, on May 3.

The University also scooped a bronze medal for its press operations volunteer programme in the Award for Invaluable Volunteering Project.

Through the development of a unique partnership with LOCOG, the University has jointly created a set of academic modules for sport students.  The partnership makes Sheffield Hallam the only university in the UK to officially partner with LOCOG in this way.

The students who took the modules we developed with LOCOG had the opportunity to apply for internships within LOCOG's Press Operations team prior to the Games themselves, and more than 150 will head to London in July.

Guy Masterman, from the Academy of Sport and Physical Activity at Sheffield Hallam, said: "It is tremendous to see the University's strong and unique relationship with London 2012 recognised in this way.

"To have a bronze and be fighting it out for two golds at the Podium Awards shows Sheffield Hallam has a sport teaching and research offer that is the envy of other universities across the UK."

Professor Steve Haake, director of CSER, said: "Sports Lab was a huge success when it was held at Sheffield and has now travelled to London as part of the Beautiful Games exhibition.

"It is especially pleasing to see our long-standing work with top sporting organisations, who  are developing the champions of the future with the engineering help of our research centre."

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