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Bank Holidays

Please note, the University will provide limited service provision on the following Bank Holiday dates:

Friday 14 April – Good Friday
Monday 17 April – Easter Monday
Monday 1 May – early May bank holiday
Monday 29 May – Spring bank holiday

The majority of buildings will be closed and locked down during these periods and will re-open the following normal working day at 8am.

Firth Court building and North Campus will be accessible and staffed throughout. The Information Commons and Diamond buildings will be open.

Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences meeting in June 2017

Interested in applying your science degree to help combat wildlife crime? The Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences (SWFS) is hosting an International meeting in Edinburgh from the 5th-9th June 2017. From the effects of the illegal wildlife trade on endangered species through to identifying poisons used to kill birds of prey, wildlife forensic techniques can be invaluable to investigators.

At the SWFS meeting there will be presentations from various specialisms, including wildlife DNA forensics, analytical chemistry, morphology and stable-isotope analysis. Workshops include “Introduction to Wildlife Forensics”, “Expert Witness Testimony”, “Field-based Analysis Methods” and “R for Forensic Genetics”. The International Symposium day will be opened by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP, and includes a keynote presentation from Mr John Scanlon, Secretary General for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

We have special discounted rates for student registrations for the week, and one-day symposium, and if you were only interested in a half-day “Introduction to Wildlife Forensics” course it would only set you back £50.

If you have some research you would like to present, the abstract deadline is the 17th March 2017. Student scholarship application deadline is the 7th April 2017.

For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any queries, contact the organising committee on

We very much hope that you will consider joining us for the week, the 1-day International Symposium, or even just for a workshop! Spread the word to friends who may be interested in this meeting.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Webster

On behalf of the SWFS 2017 organising committee

Twitter tiny@SWFS3 #SWFS2017

Save Smithy Wood!

Join our peaceful protest on Saturday 18 March, 11.30am, outside Sheffield Town Hall.

We are once again calling on the people of Sheffield and Rotherham to help us save this ancient bluebell woodland from becoming a Motorway Service Area with fast food court, hotel and car park.

A decision will be made by Sheffield City Council on 28 March and we want to ask them loud and clear to refuse this inappropriate, opportunistic planning application that has received an unprecedented 1,023 objections!

How can you help?

1. Come along to the Town Hall on Saturday 18 March from 11.30am-12.30pm and join our peaceful protest! The programme is currently being developed but we can confirm Angela Smith MP will be one of the speakers.

2. Write to your local councillor – they will make the decision! Follow our instructions at

3. Share this post! We need as many local people as possible to come along to our peaceful protest and contact their local councillor.

Let’s see Smithy Wood become a natural, green haven for local people and wildlife rather than tarmacked over to become a car park! You can still make a difference if you act now…

Room available

Double-room available for rent in shared furnished terraced house in Walkley, Sheffield S6. Five-minute walk to nearest tram stop (Langsett Primrose View), 25-minute walk to University. Looking for responsible tenant for short-term let (up to 5 months). No smokers or pets. Available now. Rent is £370 inclusive of all bills, and includes use of:

Double bedroom

Shared use of kitchen, living room, bathroom and sizeable study room

On street parking


50 mb Broadband

Contact richard.g.davies (at)

We are fundraising for Sheffield Peregrines


Spread the word !

Any donations much appreciated.

Available now – 2 rooms to rent

Two double-rooms available for rent in shared furnished terraced house on Tennyson Road, Walkley, Sheffield S6. Five-minute walk to nearest tram stop (Langsett Primrose View). 25-minute walk to University. Looking for responsible tenants for short-term lets (up to 6 months). Available 4th Feb onwards.

1 large double rooms at £360 including all bills

1 smaller double room at £320 pm including bills

No smokers or pets.

Available 4th Feb

On street parking



Contact: Richard Davies (richard.g.davies (at)

Looking for a room to rent now- June-ish

I am looking for a room to rent near Sheffield University. I will be working in the Molecular Ecology Laboratory from February till May-June.

I’m Agata, 34, research associate. I am a very easy going person. I am a calm, open-minded and cheerful person. I respect others personal space. My life philosophy is to treat others as you want to be treated. I like all kinds of pets. I am from Poland (Gdansk). I am a PhD in the biology field. At work, I’m dealing with the sea organisms genetics/genomics. Some of my interests are connected with my work. I like research innovations in genetics and interesting news. Outside the work, I enjoy cycling and hiking. When I am at home I like cooking (e.g. Chinese cuisine) and reading a good book.

Please email me at agata.drywa.ic (at)

Sheffield’s wildlife on tv

City centre – Kingfishers, dippers and harvestmen, etc

on Wednesday’s Autumn Watch – 51 minutes in =

Otterly Amazing

Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust are looking for more volunteers to do otter surveys along the Rover Don and its tributaries. Training to recognise tracks and signs will be provided.

If you’d like to volunteer or for more info please see Debs

Accommodation required

My name is Michelle, and I’m a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. I’ve been visiting NBAF for a few months now, and I am looking for a room to rent for the months of July and August while I finish up work in the lab. Please contact me at r01mbm13 (at) if you know of a place. Thanks so much!