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University of Sheffield's Students' Union voted best in the UK

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The University of Sheffield's Students' Union has been voted the best in the UK for the fifth year running in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.

The Students' Union achieved an outstanding 96 per cent overall satisfaction rate in the annual survey - an increase from last year's figure of 95 per cent and three per cent above its nearest rival, St Mary's University College in Belfast.

The University has also been ranked second in the Yorkshire and Humber Region after the University of Leeds and achieved the third highest score in the Russell Group, the association of leading UK research-intensive universities, with an overall satisfaction score of 89 per cent. This is three per cent above the national sector-wide average of 86 per cent.

"We are extremely proud that our Students' Union has once again been voted the best in the UK.

"This wonderful achievement is a testament to all of the dedicated staff, students and volunteers who work incredibly hard to create a truly inclusive community that Sheffield students love to be a part of.

"Our Students' Union is a place where talented students from across the globe can come together to try new activities, exceed their expectations and make new friends. We are continually striving to nurture and innovate our students to encourage them to make an impact and a difference to people's lives."

– Dominic Trendall, Students' Union President


Honorary degree for Stephanie Hirst

Radio star and transgender role model Stephanie Hirst receives an Honorary Doctorate today from Leeds Beckett University.

Role model: Stephanie H

Stephanie was born as Simon in Barnsley in 1975 and in 2014 she left her presenting position on Capital Radio to begin living as Stephanie, leaving behind her old life as Simon.

She said at the time her decision was made when she realised she would never be happy living as a man.

Stephanie receives the award for her contribution to public life.

Hull school pupils stand up during lessons in health initiative

Pupils at a school in Hull are being encouraged to stand up during lessons in a bid to improve their health.

Alex Sherwood, games organiser at Sirius Academy, and headteacher John Sherwood launched the Hull Schools Stand Up initiative in response to research showing young people spend too much time being sedentary.

Students have welcomed the idea, which could be followed by other schools in the area.

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