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10 Things You Need to Know about Sheffield…

Steel City News have come up with a list of 10 things we think you should know about Sheffield….enjoy!

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  1. Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough of South Yorkshire.

2. Its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city.

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3. During the 19th century, the city gained an international reputation for steel production.

4. 61% of Sheffield is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District National Park.

5. Sheffield has two universities: Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield. The two combined bring about 54,000 students to the city each year.


6. Sheffield has along sporting heritage, with: two football teams: Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United, a ice hockey team: The Sheffield Steelers, and Sheffield also hosts the World Snooker Championships each year at The Crucible.

7. The city is also home to some of music‘s most well-known bands, including: The Human League, Def Leppard, the Arctic Monkeys and Pulp (to name a few!)

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8. There are tow large theatres, the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre, and together with the small Studio Theatre make up the largest theatre complex outside London.

9. Sheffield has two newspapers: The Sheffield Star and The Sheffield Telegraph, both published by Johnston Press PLC.

10. The Full Monty, The History Boys and Four Lions are all set, or partly set in Sheffield.

So there it is, our list of amazing and interesting facts about the City of Steel.

By Laura Browse.


Tuition fees soar in Sheffield is to become one of the most expensive UK cities to study in when tuition fees rise in 2012.

The city’s two universities have pledged to raise their fees after the government announced an 80% cut to higher education teaching grants.

The University of Sheffield has planned to charge the maximum amount of £9000 per year, but has also agreed to increase financial support to students from its current £6.7m, to £10m in 2012.

Sheffield Hallam is charging slightly less at £8500 per annum, and said it had carefully considered the fee in order to “set a level that will deliver high quality education”.

Professor Philip Jones, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam said: “We understand that the changes to fees means that choosing a university is a serious decision, but we believe that it is a choice that will pay financial, social and personal dividends throughout each student’s life.”

Almost 75% of universities have opted to charge the maximum amount possible, with the average cost standing at £8,678.36.

According to research carried out by High Fliers, more than half of current final year students said they would not have gone to university if they had to pay the maximum amount of £9000 per year to obtain a degree.

A third said that they would have been turned off by fees of £6000.

It is also thought that Sheffield’s student population could half by 2020 if expensive tuition fees force people to live at home, or pick a university nearby, according to research by LV.

This is expected to hit many university towns and cities in England, including Newcastle and Lincoln.

Last November, over 200 students marched to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg’s constituency office in Sheffield, to protest against rises in tuition fees.

During the run up to the last general election, Nick Clegg publically stated that his party would not raise tuition fees if they were elected.

The Liberal Democrats continuing poor performance in the polls has raised speculation that they could lose half of their councils and around 700 councillors in the upcoming local elections.

The Green Party are now the only group in Westminster who say they would abolish tuition fees if they gained power.

Sheffield Green Party Councillor, Jillian Creasy, said: “We would abolish tuition fees completely and pay for university education from general taxation.

“The fact that Sheffield Hallam has set their fees almost as high as Sheffield University means there is no real choice for students wishing to study in Sheffield. So much for marketing higher education.”

Listen to what some students think about the rise in tuition fees.

By Phil Corker

The Referendum, has it reached Sheffield?

Tomorrow marks the end of the referendum row in the government and can dramatically change the voting system in the U.K. Either way David Cameron or Nick Clegg will be a winner, but is Sheffield that bothered to vote on it?

The referendum will decide whether the voting system in the U.K will stick with Prime Minister David Cameron’s favoured choice the first past the post system- he who gets the most votes wins. Or the alternative vote system favoured by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg- he who gets more than half the votes wins.

The referendum will cost at least £90 million however the No to AV campaign has claimed it can rise to up to £250 million, which has been branded as lies by the YES campaign.

On the 6th May last year at the general election around 500 hundred of Sheffield voters, along with hundreds more in other parts of the country, were turned away from polling stations due to the poor organization of the staff at the stations.

Five polling stations underestimated the turnout, specifically students, and were unable to handle the queues which meant that many could not vote. The poor organization was considered an “absolute outrage” by the Deputy Prime Minister and MP for Sheffield.

Sheffield Council announced they were planning on training more staff for future polls to provide a speedier service.

Kayleigh Leaver, 21, of Liberty Drive, Sheffield, said, “I don’t think I will bother to be honest. I went last time and it took ages and I am just too busy to waste my time and then maybe not even get in.”

Sheffield Hallam student Phil Nicklin, 21, of Alma Road, Sheffield, said; “I will go to vote but I if there are lots of queues then I don’t think I will stick around.”

By Sarah Snow

A Royal Affair To Remember…

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The Royal Wedding: 2011’s most talked about, and eagerly anticipated event of the year….or is it?

The Royal Family has been an integral part in British history and culture for centuries.
Queen Elizabeth II ascended the throne in 1952, and her reign has witnessed unprecedented scrutiny of the monarch’s role and her family’s private life. And the Royal Wedding is no different.
Rumours and speculation about the guest list, Kate’s weight loss and the wedding dress have all coincidently added fuel to the fire, and made the general public even more excited about the big day.

Across the country communities will be closing their streets and celebrating the royal wedding. Sheffield will be joining in on the festivities by holding a number of street parties.
Sheffield Council have nine confirmed street parties, with three in Millhouses on Sterndale Road, Endwood Road and Pingle Road. More celebrations are taking place on Norton Park View in Norton, Fossdale Road in Nether Edge, Cardoness Road in Crosspool, Bromwich Road at Meadowhead, Beauchief Rise in Beauchief and Ringinglow Road in Bents Green. There could be up to 25 events in Sheffield by the end of the month.

Mandy Proudfoot, 47, from Sheffield said: “I’m really looking forward to watching the wedding, I’m holding a small tea party for family and friends to celebrate.”

Wedding merchendise and memorabilia including: key rings, china and toilet seat covers can be purchased in remembrance of the big day.
Eva Middleton, 68, from Sheffield said: “I’ve already bought a key ring and a coin so that I have a souvenir of the big day. I’m really looking forward to it.”

With the Royal Wedding quickly approaching, it seems that some people can not get enough of the big day, while others are not interested at all.

Jessica Browse, 19, from Sheffield said: “I’m really not fussed about anything to do with the Royal Wedding. The only thing I’m excited about is having the day off work!”

Whether you have already picked out your outfit and your wedding hat for the big day, or are opting to sit in a darkened room on the 29th April, you really can’t escape the buzz and excitement.

Will and Kate fever has well and truly hit Britain and the Steel City.

Check out what other people from Sheffield think about the Royal Wedding in the vox pop below….

By Laura Browse.

Sunny Sheffield….

Great Britain, known for its Royal Family, fish and chips and bad weather.

children playing in the peace gardens

But over the last few weeks, the latter hasn’t been the case, as Britain has enjoyed some glorious sunshine…

The mini-heat wave began just as the school holidays did. And in typical British style, the population made their way outdoors to bask in the unseasonal outbreak of sunny weather.

The north of England, which usually receives the short end of the stick, where British weather is concerned, has not missed out, and has experienced sunshine which has rivalled the temperatures in Ibiza and Rome.

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Sheffield has been seeing temperatures reach 20 degrees C, and many wasted no time in making the most of the uncharacteristic British weather. The peace gardens have been extremely busy since the hot weather descended on to the Steel City. Many people taking the opportunity to sun bathe, whilst others opted to cool off in the peace garden fountains.

The sunny weather has coincided with Easter bank holiday weekend, the Royal Wedding, and the Snooker World Championships that are being held at the Crucible in Sheffield.

people relaxing outside The Crucible

Natalie Hare, 32, said: “It’s wonderful that the weather has been so nice over both of the bank holiday weekends. I can’t believe how sunny it is for the time of year.”

The Continental market has returned to Sheffield, and will be here until 2nd May. The market, which has a variety of different products, gifts and food on sale from around Europe, is a perfect way to spend a sunny day in the city.

The warm weather has also seen the sale of BBQ’s rise. Holly Mottershaw, 21, a check-out attendant at ASDA, Handsworth said: “Over the past couple of weeks, BBQ’s have been flying off the shelves every weekend. It’s very strange to see this happening in April!”

groups of friends relaxing in the Sheffield sunshine

The sunny, spring weather is a stark contrast from one of the worst winters Britain encountered last year. The harsh snow and freezing temperatures sent the country into panic.

Tony Gurnhill, 20, said: “The snow we saw last winter was horrendous; it’s great to see the weather has finally picked up. I believe we are all enjoying the weather while it lasts because we all know how quickly the English weather can change!”

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The population of Sheffield are basking in the sunshine, and taking what the fantastic weather has to offer. With temperatures reaching heights of 20 degrees C in the Steel City, many are wondering what the summer months will have to offer, as we all remind ourselves that it is only April!

By Laura Browse.

SHU students lose out!

A whopping 50 students from Hallam have lost out on loans, grants and bursaries due to a Phishing email.
In late February, early March a bogus email was sent through the University Blackboard mail system informing students that they could be entitled to more money than they were receiving.

One student who fell victim to the email was Jenny Saunders, a second year PR and Communications student. “When I read the email my first thought was, good, more money. I thought that this must be the new system of contacting students, I wasn’t suspicious at all, and everything looked so legit.”
The email which was sent had the subject line of ‘student grants’ or ‘university student grants’, therefore at first no query arose.
 The scammers used a bogus SHU website and unfortunately successfully managed to obtain a number of student’s personal details. The details include student finance information as well as National insurance numbers.

David Mckevitt, another student who has become a victim to internet fraud reinforces the fact that he also didn’t have any suspicions, “I had no suspicions what so ever. The e-mail was sent from University and looked like any other e-mail.” David received the email on the 15th of March and it wasn’t until 2 weeks later that he got in touch with the Student Loans Company. “I was supposed to receive my student loan on the 28th March. However, when I checked it wasn’t in the bank. I waiting 2 days and then I got suspicious and rang up Student Finance, who then told me that the money has been paid, but into a different account.”  As student finance had paid out the loans to students as far as they where concerned they could do nothing else. Both Jenny and David went to Hallam for help and were offered payment of £200 to tide them over, barely anything to the £1000+ which most students receive each term, especially those living away from home.

Both students are under pressure about whether or not they can financially stay at Hallam. David explains; “Obviously being a student, our rent comes out in instalments; therefore I have not been able to afford my last rent instalment. I have been in contact with my landlord and am in the process of ending my contract agreement, and looking for a place to stay for the remaining weeks of university and during my exams. I am also a final year student, these last couple of weeks at university are crucial towards my final mark, and with this incident, I have not been able to focus on this, with having more problems to deal with.” 

The two both say this experience has caused them to be extra careful in these circumstances, warning fellow students to; ‘check all URLs and web addresses’ and also read through everything twice. David also encourages fellow Hallam students to join the Facebook group which he has set up since this ordeal, ‘To those been affected and lost their student loan.’

The investigation into the scam is still underway.

By Margaret Repton. 

Happy 140th Birthday Harry Brearley

Harry Brearley

Harry Brearley was born like any other typical Sheffield lad on the 18th February 1871. He followed his father into the steel industry working as a cellar lad at the age of twelve at Firth’s Crucible steel furnaces.

Brearley was took out of the cellar and put to work in the laboratory where he studied metallurgy. In May 1912 Brearley was working in an arms factory as a laboratory researcher for Firth Brown’s. It was here where he made the world changing discovery of stainless steel and buffed up the Sheffield steel industry.

The discovery was not immediately acknowledged in the world for its practicality but was eventually taken on for cutlery. Although stainless steel, or as Brearley originally called it “rustless steel”, is functional in the kitchen it is now used in other areas as technology has advanced. Stainless steel can now be found in most parts of the world for; transportation vehicles, the structure of buildings, medical instruments, water drainage, piping…

Stainless steel is timeless and is one of Sheffield’s proudest discoveries. So we at Steel City News would like to say Happy 140th Birthday to Harry Brearley the “unlikely figure for an industrial hero”.

By Sarah Snow

Published on: Feb 18, 2011 @ 8:41


A Lesson Learnt?

Reckless driving and joyriding are actions or maybe better phrased pastimes that have become increasingly popular in the news. Both the Mexborough and Conisborough area have now lost six teenagers in just over a month. Causing the general public to wonder whether young drivers and teenagers will ever learn from these mistakes.

At around 8pm on the 27th December 2010 four teenagers; Jonathon Scott, 17, Robert Ryan Tepper, 17, Lauren Birkett, 16 and Chloe Newby, 16 were involved in a head on collision while trying to overtake a Fiat Punto on Adwick Road near Mexborough. Their Corsa collided with a Volkswagen Golf driven by an elderly man. Out of the crash only the elderly man and Chloe Newby survived.

Only 34 days later a similar disaster occurred less than four miles away from the original crash. On the 30th January 2011 three young teenagers, Antonia Browne, 14, Tom Hughes, 15 and Michael Gallagher, 16 crashed into a tree at around 4:30am. The impact of the collision split the Honda Civic in half, killing the teenagers. Out of the three victims none were old enough to register for a provisional driving license, the legal age being 17 years old, let alone drive a car.

After this last case of joy riding also known as twocing, taking without owners consent, is this a time for people more specifically parents to panic? Fred Curtis, the Deputy Coroner for Doncaster, said after adjourning the inquest into the deaths of Jonathon, Robert and Lauren, “I don’t yet know the full details of this case but I urge all young drivers to exercise the greatest possible care.” Will young drivers and teenagers learn from these deaths or will all car keys have to come with the label, keep out of reach of children?

By Sarah Snow

Published on: Feb 8, 2011 @ 14:12


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