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…

If only materials research was a bit more like Star Wars…

Hello all, It’s been a while since my last blog post and I naturally have progress on my project! It’s exciting to have my system ready to go and I’ve started to get a few results through. Nothing concrete yet but it’s behaving a bit like I was expecting! I’m going to spend a bit…

Sheffield Formula Student

Hi, my name is Gabby and I am a second year undergraduate on the Materials Science with Nuclear Engineering degree programme at Sheffield University. The course is what initially attracted me to Sheffield and it has quickly become apparent that this is also a great place to be a student. At the beginning of first…

Why I chose nuclear

I graduated with a BEng in Materials Science and Engineering in 2015, and am currently studying MSc Nuclear Science and Technology. So why did I choose to study Nuclear Science and Technology? Nuclear power stations were introduced approximately 60 years ago and they are now currently contributing around 11% of the world’s electricity. More than one…

Plastics or Polymers?

I’ve just read an article on the BBC website as part of their “vocabularist” column on the origin and development of different words: BBC – The Vocabularist: When plastics stopped being plastic It deals with the interesting evolution of the the word “plastic” and how, even though the first plastics were invented in the middle…

My first international conference: part 2

Thursday January 14th – Today is the big day! My talk is scheduled for 1:54pm in the session: Hard Magnetic Materials and Processing II. I have already practised my talk and, maybe due to nerves, I am clocking in at 15 minutes, far too long for the 10-minute time limit! I spend the morning practising…