University of Sheffield

Disability campaigner awarded university honour

A university student from Sheffield who has campaigned for disability awareness has been recognised for her work.

Ellen Mae Watson
The University of Sheffield

Ellen Mae Watson has Usher syndrome, a degenerative condition that affects people's sight, hearing and balance.

The history and politics student has been awarded the Chancellor’s Medal from the University of Sheffield following her academic excellence, the university said.

Her work with the university includes making the campus accessible for people with guide dogs.

Watch: Breakdancing competition coming to Sheffield

Akash Hashmi

BBC Radio Sheffield

A national breakdancing competition is coming to Sheffield next month.

The Break the System event on 4 May has been organised by students at Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.

The sport has been growing in popularity over the past few years since being considered for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Study shows health benefits to green spaces

Funding for green spaces in cities would improve people's well-being, according to a new study.

Botanical Gardens
Sheffield City Council

University of Sheffield researchers found a big improvement in people's health and well-being when they noticed nature.

The research project cost £1.3m and worked with health professionals and planners.

Stonehenge was 'hub for Britain's earliest mass parties'

Evidence of large-scale prehistoric feasting rituals found at Stonehenge could be the earliest mass celebrations in Britain, say archaeologists from the University of Sheffield.

Food at Stonehenge

The study examined 131 pig bones at four Late Neolithic sites, Durrington Walls, Marden, Mount Pleasant and West Kennet Palisade Enclosures.

The sites, which served Stonehenge and Avebury, hosted the feasts.

Researchers, including a team from the University of Sheffield, think guests had to bring meat raised locally to them, resulting in pigs arriving from distant places.

The results of isotope analysis show the pig bones excavated from these sites were from animals raised in Scotland, the North East of England and West Wales, as well as numerous other locations across Britain.

Man takes homosexuality comments row to Court of Appeal

A religious education teacher who was thrown off a Sheffield University course after being accused of posting "derogatory" comments on Facebook is due to take his case to the Court of Appeal later.

Christian Concern

Felix Ngole, from Barnsley, who is a devout Christian, was thrown off a two-year MA social work degree course in 2015 after posting on Facebook that "the Bible and God identify homosexuality as a sin".

Mr Ngole complained that university bosses had unfairly stopped him completing the course, saying he was lawfully expressing a traditional Christian view, but he lost a High Court fight in 2017.

Sheffield University said the decision to remove him from the course was fair and proportionate.

The university said he was taking a "professionally qualifying degree" with the aim of becoming a social worker and argued what he had said would affect gay people he might work with.

Mr Ngole argued that throwing him out breached his human rights, but Deputy High Court judge Rowena Collins Rice ruled that university bosses had acted within the law.