Sheffield Hallam University To Open 2 New Research Centres

Sheffield Hallam University To Open 2 New Research Centres

13 May 2019

Coming soon - Sheffield Hallam University will open 2 new research centres, with conference and meeting facilities, this year.

Sheffield Hallam University will open the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) at the Olympic Legacy Park in the autumn this year. 

Situated at the heart of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the Health Innovation Park will bring together research and innovation alongside education, health, leisure and business. Providing opportunities for organisations that are active in health innovation to co-locate on the Health Innovation Park, the site will become a model of urban development that will drive economic growth, health improvements and community wellbeing.  Sheffield Hallam University will open the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) and the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE) later this year. 

As a centrepiece of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park, the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) will encourage and enable people to be more active and adopt healthier lifestyles, delivering innovations that help people move by bringing together global businesses and dynamic SMEs, multi-disciplinary academic expertise, and the diverse population of the Sheffield City Region.  It is set to become the most advanced research centre in the world for developing innovations that will encourage people to be more active and adopt healthier lifestyles. 

Sheffield Hallam's National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE), will be situated alongside the OLP. This site will focus on the application of engineering to improve food processing and address an industry-recognised shortage of food engineering expertise.  Designed to tackle food industry challenges such as productivity, health, minimising waste and reducing energy use, the NCEFE will support the food and drink industry through collaborative research and development projects and by developing new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment and creating a knowledgeable workforce with experience of leading engineering systems and processes. 

Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro Vice-Chancellor for research at Sheffield Hallam, said: "The Health Innovation Park will be a pioneering place that will translate excellent research into practical innovations to tackle the world's health challenges and significantly improve global health and wellbeing, UK productivity and export potential. 

"The NCEFE will support the food and drink industry in helping to keep the UK at the forefront of capability and efficiency in a very competitive sector. 

"This project builds on our existing strong track record of attracting investment and providing excellent research and knowledge transfer, working in partnership with industry to develop education programmes that are designed to support organisations in narrowing the skills gap within the region and beyond." 

Both new research centres have already attracted investment and partnerships from government, public and private sector organisations bringing experts to Sheffield. 

The centres will have conference and meeting facilities for up to 80 people and two conferences are already in the process of being confirmed to take place at the venue. 

For more information about the centres, please click on the links above. 

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