Where do I go from here?

It’s a question everyone faces several times in their life, the first time this thought struck me was just after my AS results came through. It was a good day for me, I’d done pretty well and I was getting ready to start my second year of A levels when I realised that having good…

A substantial degree of experience

Hello all, My name is Holly Pearce and I’ve just started my 4th year of the MEng Material Science and Engineering course which has a focus on preparing you for work in industry. This is my first time blogging for the department and it’s all about my experience on placement at Philips in The Netherlands….

#WeAreInternational

Multiculturalism is an often used word in this day and age, but I do wonder how many of us actually embrace it fully. Sheffield, as one of the major UK universities, welcomes thousands of international students to the City every year and therefore every department becomes a rich mixing pot of cultures. On the 12th…

Back to basics: science communication

Sometimes we don’t focus on the latest cutting edge research, we think about the basics (and we might get a surprise). This is particularly important when we think about Science Communication (what we also call Outreach or Public Engagement). I supervise an Outreach Materials module, and recently paid a visit to Magna Science Adventure Centre in…

My advice to MSc students

Meet Mueed Jamal Assistant Manager for Research and Development at Pakistan Ordnance Factories. Industry: Defence, Manufacturing Nationality: Pakistani Degree: MMet Advanced Metallurgy Graduation year: 2012 The most important point I can make is for you to focus on your project! Participate in extra-curricular activities where you can but remain focused on your studies as competition…

The life of an MSc student

The rhythm of my days and weeks have been changing during this year. During the first term, I took the core modules of my programme, as the lectures were divided during the week, this allowed me to take part in activities the Student’s Union offers, including ‘Give it A Go‘. I had the opportunity to experience…

5 reasons to stay in Sheffield over the summer!

Originally posted on We Are Sheffield Students:
At the end of the university year approaches, i’ve thought of a few reasons why staying in Sheffield is a great way to spend your summer holidays!1. Tramlines Festival Tramlines is a well-known festival amongst Sheffield students, and the festival has been growing in terms of size, and…

Cement – what is it?

On average each person on the planet consumes more cement each day than food. Whether we like it or not cement has been the material of choice for building the modern world. Undergraduate student Max is studying Materials Science and Engineering (Research). Follow his blog as he studies the material cement as part of his research project….

My Summer placement

Hello again all! Some of you reading may have gone through the application process to the Materials Science department recently – I hope you enjoyed your visit to Sheffield and, even more importantly, you were successful in your application! It’d be great for you to join all of us here in the Department in October!…

An Eggs-cellent Material

You are probably sick of chocolate by now (or maybe not), but I’m sure many of us have had more than our fair share over the last few days.  In all that while though you might not have thought much about how great a material chocolate is! A lot of engineering goes into chocolate, with…

I’m an International Engineering Ambassador

Hello, I am Shunzi Wu. You can call me Darcy. I have a wide range of interests and hobbies. I love to oil paint, dance, cook, do calligraphy and sinology. I also have interest in European literature, classical poetry, music, science and traveling. If you are interested in any of them, you are very welcome…

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived”

The phone rings and I am told: “The tonsils have arrived” Sometimes it’s easy to forget how some of the conversations I have on a daily basis are weird and wonderful to those unfamiliar with the inner workings of a research lab. Recently, when showing a prospective Biomaterials undergraduate around my lab, I saw the…