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What’s on in the White Building: March 2023

This month the White Building hosts Postgraduate Open Day activities, workshops and seminars with groups of Nursing and Social Care students, community groups, a pop-up exhibition by Art and Design students, and Lab4Living Cinema Club.

As part of a varied programme of activities and meet-ups this month, we welcome a range of community groups, healthcare practitioners, researchers, and students from across the University into the White Building’s flexible space. Our unique space in the heart of the city is a vibrant hub, playing host to an exhibition, seminars, workshops, an Open Day and Lab4Living Cinema Club

MA Design For Health Open Day

On 8 March, Sheffield Hallam University has its first Post-graduate open day of the year. Course leader Dr Carlos Peralta hosted prospective students for the MA Design For Health and PGCert courses in the White Building. Contact Carlos Peralta at for an informal chat if you are interested in the courses.

Care and Kindness workshop

On Tue 7 March, Noémie Soula and Michael Tan led a ‘Care and Kindness’ workshop of creative activities for Sheffield Hallam Mental Health Nursing Students to use during their Community Placements.

Care and Kindness workshop
Care and Kindness workshop with SHU Mental Health Nursing students

The aim for the designed sessions was to promote care, kindness, trust and bonding, and to foster young people’s caring sensibilities and awareness of others. Noémie and Michael put together a suite of activities for students to use for their community placements at three different schools in and around Sheffield.

We hope to create a space where we can share, play, gain new insights and perhaps re-imagine what it is to be older.

Michael Tan – project leader

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There was incredible student engagement at the workshop, with stimulating discussions. We are looking forward to getting more feedback after the students’ placement finishes at the end of June.

Noémie Soula – project assistant and workshop facilitator

Bio-Hacking as Design Practice pop-up exhibition

This pop-up exhibition on 13 March in the White Building presented the work of Sheffield Hallam University MA Design students working with Lab4Living researchers on the theme of BioHacking. Visitors were invited on a speculative journey about the human’s future, challenging us to rethink and reinvent the interplay between humans, nature and technology.

Read more>> BioHacking As Design Practice exhibition

BioHacking exhibition
BioHacking exhibition

Ethics and politics of care and technology

Michael Tan and Noémie Soula led an Ethics and Politics of Care seminar and workshop in the White Building last week with Sheffield Hallam University Social Care students. In the session, they shared research and creative methods to explore the ethics and politics of care and technology and support the students’ learning.

This session was an opportunity to explore and develop partnerships to support learning on the Technology Enhanced Care in Social Care module within the University. Michael Tan, Noémie Soula and Ursula Ankeny designed a session involving two presentations on relevant Lab4Living projects (including JIA, Gestures of Care and Print My Pain) and approaches, a short workshop, and a seminar discussion on ethics and politics of care and technology.

Social Care students trying out one of the prototypes developed by Ursula Ankeny to support young people with arthritis
Michael Tan tries out one of the prototypes developed by Ursula Ankeny (L) to support young people with arthritis

If you are interested in future inter-university events, or learning more about how Lab4Living can support SHU students, please contact Michael Tan or Noémie Soula.

Read more: Noémie Soula’s Hand (me) with care at Hype Dance

Film Club

Lab4Living hosts another Cinema Club session as part of our staff / student cultural networking group. This month, Graham Nesbitt hosts a session exploring the notion of identity, perception, and deception while pushing the audience to value the power of storytelling and its endless creativity. Contact Noémie Soula if you’re a staff member or SHU student who would like to join us at the next session.

Other events this month

SHINDIG: Sheffield Dementia Involvement Group

Once again, Lab4Living (including PhD researcher and OT Marney Walker) welcomed SHINDIG to the White Building, a group which meets four times per year. The group offers people with dementia and their supporters informal networking and the opportunity to have their voice heard around a particular topic or proposal for local services. SHINDIG is part of the Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project (DEEP) national network of dementia voices.

Beautiful Voice workshop

Later this month, Joe Langley and Ursula Ankeny will be running another workshop on the Beautiful Voice project, which supports people who have had a stroke which affects their speech. Patients, carers and healthcare professionals will take part in a variety of activities to explore gamification and use of physical, hybrid and digital interactions to enhance home speech therapy

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