Alumni from 1963 celebrate their 50th anniversary

Several 1963 Sheffield architecture graduates celebrated their 50th anniversary in June this year. They are pictured in Wells, Somerset, along with their wives and husbands.

The graduates in the photo are Brian Hill, Brian Harrison, Margaret Graham (nee Mccalister), David Parry, Barry Wheat, Reg Lees, Lesley Lees (nee Kelsey), Bob Goldthorpe, David Pearson and Peter Knowles.  Howard Watson also attended the reunion, but had to leave before this photo was taken.  Chris Tucker was unable to attend, he lives and works in Switzerland. The group studied when the School of Architecture was based in Shearwood Road, where the drama studios are now.

The group has held reunions regularly for the last 25 years.  They plan to hold their next reunion in three years time.

Women in Property Award

Second year student Rebecca Nixon has won the Women in Property National Student Award for Yorkshire and North East Region. She now goes through to the national final. She wins £300 and a trophy.

Rebecca beat students from Huddersfield University, Leeds Metropolitan, Newcastle University, Northumbria University and Sheffield Hallam. The judges for the competition were Mick Sherdel from HLM Architects, Gary Finney from VINCI Construction UK Limited, Ann Clements of AC Design, Cathy Stewart of NBBJ and Nick Townsend from Turner & Townsend.

Keith Shivers from sponsors VINCI Construction said, “One of the criticisms often leveled at graduates and colleges is their lack of preparation and ‘career readiness’ when facing job interviews. I’m really pleased to be involved in a competition which will undoubtedly give these students a supportive steer in the right direction.”

More details of the Award can be found on the Women in Property website.

Research Associate position

SSoA is seeking to appoint a Research Associate who will work with Professor Sarah Wigglesworth and a multi-disciplinary team of academics and researchers from Architecture, Town and Regional Planning and the School of Health and Related Research, developing Research by Design within the Community, Participation and Wellbeing cluster. The successful candidate will work on a research project entitled ‘How better design can facilitate mobility, connectivity & wellbeing for older people: a participatory approach to design research’. The research project is jointly funded by the EPSRC, the ESRC and the AHRC under the overarching title “Design for Wellbeing: Ageing and Mobility in the Built Environment”.

Applications are invited from candidates with recent practice experience post RIBA Part II and must have either RIBA Part III or a recently completed Design Research MA or PhD in architecture (or both). The candidate must demonstrate design and research ability, resourcefulness and creativity, and an understanding of the relationship & connectivity between design, development economics and social life.

Full details about the post are available on the University’s website.  Enter the Job Reference Number: UOS006660  (Please note: if you have a pop-up blocker you may need to temporarily disable it).

The post is also advertised in Building Design.

(Image © Russell Light)

Flexible Formative Feedback

Ian Hicklin and a team of colleagues has been awarded a research grant by the Higher Education Academy to develop the University’s work on feedback for students.  The project budget is £164k, £58k of which is HEA funded.

The Flexible Formative Feedback (F3) project is a large-scale collaboration between teachers and students to address low levels of student satisfaction with the effectiveness of feedback in deepening learning, a strategic priority area for this and other comparable institutions.

F3 will use a spectrum of exploratory tools and pilot flexible delivery methods to generate evidence-based best practice exemplars, forming the foundation for an institutional framework and series of resources for effective formative feedback in a range of contexts. Chief among our outputs will be a Freesource Toolkit that will act as a practical guide to implementing this framework.

The grant was won in collaboration with Dr Chris Stokes of the School of Clinical Dentistry (bid leader), Dr Penny Simons of the Department of French, Professor Alistair Warren of the Department of Biomedical Science, Claire Allam of Learning and Teaching Services and Graham McElearney of CiCS.  The project will start in June 2013.

In 2012 Ian published the Sheffield School of Architecture Feedback Handbook, developed with Leo Care The HEA grant will build on this strand of Ian and Leo’s work.

AJ 100 – SSoA amongst the best in the UK

SSoA has been ranked second in the UK by the highly respected professional publication Architects’ Journal in their AJ Top 100 special issue (9. May 2013).

The School was voted second in the UK by architects in practice, an important mark of distinction that seals its reputation as a place where students gain a broad range of useful skills for a practice environment, including technical ability, team working, collaborative working with clients, as well as the ability to innovate and think outside the box.

Strong links with numerous high profile practices in London who are keen to recruit Sheffield students is another asset of the School, setting it above the majority in the UK. The University of Sheffield is the only school outside of London in the ranking’s top 4 and boasts a more collaborative studio-focused environment than any of the London schools.

The AJ Top 100 also recognised a number of practices that involve distinguished alumni and visiting professors of the School. Visiting Professor Paul Monaghan’s practice AHMM won ‘Practice of the Year’ and  ’Fastest Growing Practice’, our alumni Roger Hawkins’ practice Hawkins Brown (who recently restored Park Hill) is ‘Employer of the Year’ and ‘Sustainable Practice of the Year’.

More details are available on the AJ website (registration required).