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The BIG Energy Upgrade launched in Sheffield by the Rt Hon Chris Huhne

Friday, September 30th, 2011

An innovative project, which is set to install low carbon measures in houses in some of the most deprived areas in Yorkshire and Humber, was launched on Thursday 29 September 2011 at the University of Sheffield ICOSS centre, by the Rt Hon Chris Huhne, MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

The launch featured a key note address from the Rt Hon Chris Huhne who explained the importance of tackling energy efficiency.

He said: “Energy efficiency is a no brainer because it makes homes warmer and cheaper to run. The Big Energy Upgrade is a great example of different organisations working together to help the most disadvantaged communities in Yorkshire. We want to see more of this collaborative working to help the effectiveness of the Green Deal when it’s launched next year. The new Green Deal will be the biggest home improvement plan since the second world war, helping to insulate people against rising energy prices at no upfront cost.”

The BIG Energy Upgrade takes a `whole house´ approach to energy conservation; UK households identified in ten disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber will benefit from a package of measures highly individual for each of the households and will ensure householders achieve the best energy efficiency performance through the measures. The initiative represents a big step forward in the way insulation and micro generation are integrated and will make a huge difference to deprived communities.

The project is being led by Kirklees Council and partners include six local authorities, four Arms Length Management Housing Organisations, two Registered Social Landlords across Yorkshire and the Humber, Yorkshire Energy Services along with University of Sheffield, who will monitor the performance of the installed measures; look at behavioural issues linked with energy consumption; support the supply chain associated with the programme and monitor energy consumption in some of the households.

The University of Sheffield´s Vice-Chancellor Professor Keith Burnett, said: “We´re delighted to be working in partnership with regional local authorities on this flagship project which we´re supporting through a multi-disciplinary team including architecture, supply-chain, digital technology, civil engineers and psychology. This allows understanding of the problem as a whole: the building, the new energy technologies, and importantly the human behaviour.

“The University´s strength of partnership with our region is rarely more important than in a project of this nature that is piloting solutions to the integrated challenges of carbon emissions, economic growth, and fuel poverty.”

Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability and Associate Dean at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, is the Principle Investigator of The Big Energy Upgrade project said: “This project brings together the University’s cross cutting team from energy and environment, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach to tackle these important energy challenges in society. We look forward to working closely with the local authorities and other partners in pioneering this low carbon direction.”

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Big energy upgrade partners

The project will run until March 2014 and will act as a catalyst in attracting further funding towards energy efficiency projects, which in turn will create more demand for materials and skills in the area of retrofitting and micro generation. As well as creating 114 new jobs, it will also help to prepare the region, in terms of knowledge and experience, for the delivery of a new area-based `whole house` approach to be delivered as part of the Government´s Green Deal post 2012.

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£14.9m awarded for pioneering low carbon programme in Yorkshire and the Humber

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Disadvantaged communities across Yorkshire and the Humber are set to benefit from a ground-breaking new project, which, for the first time ever, will see low carbon measures installed throughout whole houses.

The Big Energy Upgrade will see the University of Sheffield work alongside partners to monitor the performance of the installed measures, look at behavioural issues linked with energy consumption, support the supply chain associated with the project and monitor energy consumption in selected households.

Officially called the Energy Innovation for Deprived Communities, the programme is being delivered by a partnership of organisations throughout Yorkshire and the Humber. A total fund of £14.9m has been made available, of which £7m is being part-financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of Europe´s support for the region´s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Principle Investigator (PI) of The Big Energy Upgrade project, Professor Lenny Koh, Director of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (CEES) and Associate Dean at the University of Sheffield´s Management School, said: “This project brings together the University´s cross cutting team from energy and environment, using a truly multi-disciplinary approach to tackle these important energy challenges in society. We look forward to working closely with the local authorities and other partners in pioneering this low carbon direction.”

The project will run until March 2014 and will act as a catalyst in attracting further funding towards energy efficiency projects, which in turn will create more demand for materials and skills in the area of retrofitting and micro generation. It will also help to prepare the region, in terms of knowledge and experience, for the delivery of a new area-based whole house approach to be delivered as part of the Government´s Green Deal post 2012.

To read read the full news release see: http://www.shef.ac.uk/mediacentre/2011/carbon-project-energy-upgrade.html

Sheffield to deliver business degree in Shanghai

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The University of Sheffield has been granted a licence by the Chinese Government to deliver a Business Management degree in the vibrant and dynamic city of Shanghai.

The new agreement will see forty students completing a four-year degree programme at the Sino-British College (SBC), a HE joint venture between the Northern Consortium of Universities (of which Sheffield is a founder member) and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. The first two years of the degree, which will include a foundation year, will be spent in Shanghai.

The students will then spend their third year of study at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Studying part of the degree in the United Kingdom will provide both Chinese and British business students the opportunity to work closely together and share knowledge of two of the world´s major economies.

The final year of study will be based back in Shanghai. The campus is ideally located for studying a business degree as it is situated in the heart of the beautiful French Quarter in Shanghai, the largest centre of commerce and finance in mainland China. Shanghai has been described as the “showpiece” of the world’s fastest-growing major economy.

Upon completion of the degree, the students will be awarded a BA in Business Management from the University of Sheffield.

The University of Sheffield has a long established relationship with China and it has been welcoming students for many decades, with the first known Chinese student graduating in 1967.

The new degree programme will be the first of several potential collaborations in teaching and research between the University of Sheffield and universities in China and Shanghai. It is intended that the new agreement will also provide UK students with the opportunity to study abroad at the Shanghai campus.

Professor Keith Glaister, the Dean of the University´s Management School, said: “The Management School is proud to be part of this very important development for the University. Internationalisation is central to the School´s strategy. We are delighted to be working closely with SBC and look forward to building on this collaboration in future.”

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “The University of Sheffield is delighted to announce this new and important venture in China. The Sino-British College is one of only three institutions in China to have been awarded a licence by the Chinese Government to deliver full UK degrees taught entirely in English in their country. The University has a long-term commitment to developing stronger academic relations with China. I look forward to building on this relationship and to seeing our students graduate with their degrees in the near future.”

Professor Ian Gow OBE, Principal of the Sino-British College, added: “Sino-British College is delighted that the University of Sheffield, a world-class university, has agreed to offer its degree to be taught in Shanghai. We look forward to working closely with its internationally recognised School of Management and to providing further support to Sheffield in its teaching and research strategy for Shanghai and for China.”

Notes for Editors: The Sino-British College (SBC), Shanghai, is a unique collaboration between 9 UK universities who are all owners of NCUK and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology (USST).

IWP Pre-Conference Workshops 29th June 2010

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

A programme of nine practical, evidence-based workshops will run through-out the day before the IWP conference begins. Each workshop has been individually designed to provide the latest thinking in the area supported by a strong theoretical background.

Would you like to learn more about what is the true meaning of a document; recording or video? Would you like to know how to understand what is going on in a meeting (the social dynamics), how authority can be discretely communicated and maintained, how authority can be disrupted, how to deal with disruptions? Then do not miss our workshop on critical discourse analysis (CDA) with Penny Dick.

As a research tool, for example, CDA offers fascinating insights into the relationship between culture, society and individuals and can show us how the status quo is largely maintained, as well as providing a window into those processes related to social transformation. As a consultancy tool, it can offer individuals a potentially liberating understanding of why some interactions can be difficult and challenging and help people better understand how their own behaviour cannot be understood without considering the social conditions of its production.

IWP are also delighted to offer the following workshops:

· Research in teams: Methodological and statistical issues

· Understanding, measuring, managing and reducing unconscious prejudice

· The secrets of employee engagement

· Understanding positive manager behaviour – session one

· Understanding leadership and authority in TOP Teams

· Promoting positive management behaviour – Session two: train the trainer

· What do you need to know about workplace coaching? Have a go, and find out.

The standard price for these workshops is £140 for half a day, £200 for full day, with discounts available to those attending the conference, students and those attending multiple courses. Lunch, refreshments and workshop materials are included in the price.

Closing date for registration is Friday 4th June, so please contact Carol Tighe c.tighe@shef.ac.uk or visit www.iwpconference.org to download the registration form.

Institute of Work Psychology Conference Programme Now Online

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The IWP 2010 International Conference on Work, Wellbeing and Performance, is delighted to announce that the conference programme is now available to download online. Please visit www.iwpconference.org

The IWP Conference will cover topics such as:

  • Work life balance
  • Safety at Work
  • Workplace mistreatment
  • Older Workers
  • Wellbeing and relationships
  • Diversity
  • Virtual Working
  • Employee engagement and development
  • Managing Change
  • Selection and Assessment
  • Teams and Leadership
  • Career development
  • Stress interventions

The Conference will pose and answer questions such as:

  • Music listening in UK Offices – leisure at Work?
  • Can organisations foster work life enrichment?
  • Working on call – what is its impact on the individual?
  • Can we make driving safer?
  • What are the tensions and paradoxes in a virtual working world?
  • Why do job re-design interventions affect employee wellbeing?
  • How to build trust in politics?
  • Wellbeing in the British Army – what is the role of supportive line management?
  • Can a leader really make a difference?

For more information and to register for the conference, please visit www.iwpconference.org or contact Carol Tighe on c.tighe@shef.ac.uk or 0114 222 3227.

Institute of Work Psychology 2010 International Conference on Work, Wellbeing and Performance

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The IWP Conference 2010; Work, Well-being and Performance: New Perspectives for the Modern Workplace, sponsored by Creativesheffield and Business Advantage, is being held from 28th June to 1st July at the St. Paul’s Hotel, Sheffield City Centre. It is hosted by the Institute of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, a distinctive community of researchers focused on work psychology and related areas, such as organisational behaviour and human resource management.

This conference follows our extremely successful event in 2008 which attracted over 250 delegates from 36 different countries. Once again this conference has been publicised worldwide to much initial interest and enthusiasm from both academics and practitioners across a range of disciplines. We anticipate an audience of some 200 – 300 delegates for whom this will be a major showcase for their research and a unique networking opportunity.

Three internationally recognised keynote speakers have been confirmed for the conference: Gary Johns from Concordia University Canada, Ann Marie Ryan from Michigan State University, USA and Arnold Bakker from Erasmus University, Netherlands. In addition we will also have a keynote from Rear Admiral Philip Willcocks, Royal Navy. We hope to announce a further keynote from the business world in the near future.

A series of ten half day workshops will be delivered on Tuesday 29th June at venues in St Paul’s Hotel, the Novotel and the University of Sheffield. Topics range from workplace coaching, selecting a positive workforce, organisational stress interventions, diversity, work-life balance, leadership and statistics. These workshops will be a marriage of academic theory and reliable work place practices.

The statistics courses include an all day session on Monday 28th June on Structural Equation Modelling (mPlus). On Tuesday 29th June there will be a half day session on Multi-level modelling followed by another half day session on team level statistics by Jeremy Dawson. There will also be a full programme of papers and a poster session. The week kicks off with a follow-up to 2008’s very popular Postgraduate and Early Careers Event.

Visit www.iwpconference.org for more information on conference fees, papers etc, or contact Carol Tighe, Business Manager, on c.tighe@shef.ac.uk

ConsultIWP Business Series

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

ConsultIWP, the commercial arm of the Institute of Work Psychology, regularly hosts free business sessions, designed to help local businesses survive the economic downturn by providing them with valuable industry-leading insight and best practices.
The sessions, which are open to companies and organisations in all sectors and of all sizes, cover topical HR issues relevant in today’s challenging market conditions. Each session features top-class speakers and associates from the Univeristy of Sheffield Management School and the world-renowned Institute of Work Psychology who are at the cutting edge of developments in organizational and work psychology.


Why should you come along?

“From reflection will come even more effective action” – Peter Drucker

Our business sessions provide an excellent forum for stimulating discussion and sharing ideas and views as business leaders from across Yorkshire come together to share their own experiences.
You will walk away with a better understanding of ‘hot’ HR issues, and practical tools and ideas that you can use within your company. Excellent food and a chance to network and promote your own business with other local companies in a relaxed and informal environment help make these sessions the most talked-about networking events in Yorkshire.

Past attendees have their say:

“I thought you and your colleagues put on a great event and I have just booked for the next one!” Paul Kincell, Chartered Management Institute
“A good mix of theory Vs practice and an opportunity to implement theory-based practice back in the workplace”
Tanya Wright, South Yorkshire Police

Upcoming Free Events in 2009/2010

* Tuesday 3rd November 2009 – How to create successful and adaptable work teams
* Wednesday 2nd December 2009 – How to improve organisational performance through innovative supply chain management
* Tuesday 2nd February 2010 – Is unacceptable behaviour at work costing you and your employees?
* Tuesday 16th March 2010 – Job crafting – how to improve the quality of work by engaging employees
* Wednesday 19th May 2010 – How to engage with the challenges and opportunities of corporate social responsibility

These events are free but please do register in advance to secure your place. To register and for more information visit http://consultiwp.iwp.dept.shef.ac.uk/training/business_sessions or contact carol@consultiwp.com 0114 222 3227.

MSc in Human Resource Management receives CIPD accreditation

Friday, February 27th, 2009

The School’s MSc in Human Resource Management has been accredited by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. This means that graduates of the programme will be eligible for Graduate Membership, and can then progress to Chartered status on obtaining the requisite work experience.

CIPD Graduate Membership opens up a wide range of careers for graduates of the Sheffield MSc HRM. The School’s CIPD Centre status confirms the excellence of its teaching and research in the field, and the relevance of learning for practice.