University of Sheffield
By Pallab Ghosh
A dedicated centre for research into mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer, is being launched at the University of Sheffield.Copyright: PA Media
The UK has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world, with 2,700 new cases of the disease - caused in most cases by exposure to asbestos - diagnosed each year.
The new dedicated centre will be the first of its kind in the country and is being paid for by a national charity, according to the University of Sheffield.
Professor Angela Mary Tod, from the university's Health Sciences School, said: "Finding an effective treatment or a cure for the terrible disease is obviously the main priority for researchers and clinicians worldwide.
"But here in Sheffield we are uniquely focused on patients’ experiences in order to drastically improve the support and care they receive.
"Our groundbreaking work will help to establish the gaps in existing knowledge and also help to identify future research priorities."
Face-to-face teaching is restarting from today at a Sheffield university after it was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Copyright: PA Media
In-person teaching was paused in response to an increase in Covid-19 cases at the university earlier this month.
Teaching face-to-face is now restarting again alongside virtual lectures with a "low risk of transmission within teaching spaces", the university said.
It said: "We have worked hard to provide elements of on-campus teaching for our students where it adds most value to their education and will be putting additional risk mitigations in place and reducing the volume of this when we resume our blended learning on Monday 19 October."
It added that it had been "deemed appropriate" by Sheffield City Council and the local public health team.
It said: "We recognise the value of on-campus teaching on both learning and wellbeing, students have told us how much it benefits them and we have been assured by public health teams there is a low risk of transmission within teaching spaces as our own data also supports."
Over 1,000 students and staff have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Sheffield since the start of term, it's been confirmed.Copyright: PA Media
Figures published on the day Tier 2 restrictions were brought in across South Yorkshire show 1,007 students and 12 staff have contracted the virus.
Meanwhile, 784 students at Sheffield Hallam University had tested positive as of 11 October.
Despite the rising number of infections, face-to-face teaching at the University of Sheffield, which is currently suspended, is due to resume from Monday.
The university, which has about 29,000 students, has said the safety of staff and students is its "top priority".
It has taken steps to protect the health of staff and students, including reducing the number of people on campus, introducing one-way systems and regular cleaning of frequently used areas.
Hundreds of students in Sheffield are self-isolating because of a rising number of coronavirus cases at universities in the city.Copyright: PA Media
The University of Sheffield has halted face-to-face teaching after recording almost 600 cases since 28 September.
Meanwhile Sheffield Hallam University says it's has had 373 cases reported to it since 21 September.
Some of those in isolation have taken have taken to putting signs in their window, including these spotted at Sheffield Hallam's The Forge student accommodation.Copyright: PA MediaCopyright: PA Media
In the week to 3 October the infection rate across Sheffield was 320.4 per 100,000 people.
The city was named as an "area of enhanced support" by Public Health England last week.Copyright: PA MediaCopyright: PA Media
The University of Sheffield has announced it is moving teaching online due to the increase in Covid-19 cases among staff and students:
The university confirmed yesterday that the number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus at the institution had risen to nearly 500.
Reported cases in the whole of Sheffield have increased from 91.8 per 100,000 people to 233.1.
Officials said online teaching would end on Friday and not resume until Monday 19 October.
More than 100 students have tested positive for coronavirus at the University of Sheffield in the first three days of term.Copyright: Google
According to figures published on the university's website 114 students and two members of staff have reported testing positive since Monday.
The university says it has about 8,000 staff members and a student body of around 29,000.
It said those affected and their households have been asked to self-isolate as per government guidance, adding that it had "robust processes and procedures" to reduce onward transmission and deep cleaning would be carried out where appropriate.
A spokeswoman said anyone who tests positive while staying in university accommodation will receive a daily welfare call to offer support.
She added: "We are in regular contact with Sheffield City Council, Public Health England and other partners to make sure that we are sharing information about the local situation and responding to the latest guidance."
Sheffield is one of the locations in England named as an "area of concern" by the government, and, according to data analysed by the BBC, had an infection rate of 94.7 per 100,000 in the week to 27 September.
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Freshers week for students in Sheffield will be "very different this year", according to the city council, which is warning against "mega raves" to mark the start of the new academic year.Copyright: EPA
Greg Fell, director of public health in Sheffield, says the council, both universities and the students’ unions were all clear that freshers week – which normally sees big parties every night and events throughout the daytime – will not go ahead as usual due to Covid-19.
In a full council meeting, Mr Fell said: “The freshers weeks have been extensively considered by both universities and the students’ unions.
"All parties are very clear freshers week will look very, very, very different this year. There won’t be students’ union organised mega parties with millions of people all in the students union bar,. It’s just not going to happen.
“What is concerning is I know there are advertised mega raves. Our licensing team have been all over it and have done some extensive investigations, so I don’t think that’s actually happening...It is a concern, no doubt about that."
Both universities’ campuses are as Covid-safe as possible, Mr Fell also said during the meeting.