Students Achieve More Tackling The State of Sheffield

— 08.02.16

by Jody Dalton

Two Management School-led teams facing the Faculty of Social Science's 'Achieve More' challenge, have seen great success tackling the crucial global issues that are impacting upon Sheffield and the city.

Achieve More is a new module that allows Year 1 students to work alongside colleagues from other disciplines developing potential solutions for a range of real-life global problems, in faculty-based group challenges. The Faculty of Social Sciences challenged its students with 'The State of Sheffield,' designed to give students the chance to think, look and act upon the larger global issues as a Social Scientist, and propose what could be done to limit the impact upon Sheffield as a City and its people.

One Management-led team examined the impact of social media, and in particular ‘How Can the Social Sciences Stop the Cyber Bullies and the Twitter Trolls?’ .

Consisting of keen students Dafne Achniotou (Management), Jools Arts (Politics), Lawrence Greco (East Asian Studies), Sanaya Knowle (Economics), Wing Lam Lo (Landscape Architecture), Lewis Manning (Geography) and Patience Nasieku (Law) (pictured above), the team was guided by Dr Christine Sprigg from the Management School, with student facilitators Daniella Mokhtar and Gabiela Morales.

Competing against over 1,700 students who took part in this year’s challenge, the team were successful in winning the ‘Citizenship’ prize; one of the four of the overall winning prizes.

Another team investigated the impact of Flood Risks on Sheffield and its economy, and received an honourable mention from the judges for their work. Led by Dr Tina McGuinness of the Management School, she said:

“We were delighted to see how the groups relished the challenge of working across their disciplinary subject boundaries and brought together their different skills to produce stimulating and thought provoking artefacts”

Dr Tina McGuinness, Senior Lecturer in Risk Management and Strategy, academic leader of Achieve More Team

Tina’s team comprised Georgina Allsopp (Law), Chenhao Cao (Architecture), Eilish Hurst (Journalism), Zhen Jia (Management), Nicholas Sinclair (Economics) and Daniel West (Geography).

Congratulations to both teams!

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