Time to switch off?

Nowadays, with modern technology the way it is, it is very easy to fall into the temptation of checking your phone every 5 minutes. What happens if someone has texted? How many people have liked my recent Instagram picture? Who has commented on my Facebook post? But recent studies have shown that we are spending more and more time looking at screens and less and less time interacting with others around us. There is even a syndrome called FOMO: Fear of Missing Out, defined as ‘anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media’. Continue reading

Parkrun? What’s that?

The thought of waking up before 9am on a Saturday may fill most of you with dread. Why on earth would anyone want to be up at that time of day? Well, if you ask that exact question to the 700+ people who make the trip to Endcliffe Park at the end of Ecclesall Road every Saturday, they will say just one thing in reply: ‘Parkrun’.

So what is it? Well Parkrun is a weekly 5km run that starts on a Saturday at 9am. It’s a completely free event run solely by volunteers. Continue reading

Stuck for something to do on a Saturday night?

Stuck for something to do on a Saturday night? Don’t fancy heading into town or nothing on at the cinema?

I think I have found a great alternative, taking a trip to watch the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team at the Sheffield Arena. They are one of the best teams in the country so well worth a watch during your time in Sheffield. So, this is exactly what I decided to do on Saturday night when the Steelers were up against Coventry Blaze in a league match. Continue reading

‘Eccy Road is the place to be’

So, as a newcomer to Sheffield this academic year, not knowing anything about the area, I found myself living on Ecclesall Road. When you mention Sheffield and Ecclesall Road together in one sentence, to people living in Sheffield, or people who have lived in Sheffield, or even people who have never been to Sheffield but know someone who has, they all know Ecclesall Road, or Eccy Road as the locals call it. Apparently (according to my mum, among others) ‘Eccy Road is the place to be’. Continue reading

Joining a sports club as a postgraduate

Joining a sports club is a huge part of a lot of peoples university life and most club members out there will tell you just what an amazing experience it is; training, matches, teammates becoming lifelong friends, and of course, the Wednesday night socials! But what happens if you want to join a sports club as a postgraduate, in particular a PhD research student? It can be a very daunting prospect, perhaps more so than at undergraduate level. Will you have the time? Will you make friends? Will you make the team? Will you be able to fit it around your research? Continue reading