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Sheffield University pair offer chance to send belongings into space

An image created by the entrepeneur's cameras
An image created by the entrepeneur's cameras

Two Sheffield graduates are hoping their fledgling business will go to infinity and beyond by offering customers the chance to get their belongings into space.

PHD students Alex Baker and Chris Rose have developed a DIY space flight kit which will allow buyers to send items up into space. It uses a helium balloon and can transport items to more than 30,000 metres.

And thanks to an on board camera the images can be seen back on earth when the balloon finally bursts and comes back to earth.

They've already had some spectacular images and hope their Sent Into Space business will encourage other frustrated astronauts to join the space race.

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Sheffield University acquires castings company

The University of Sheffield AMRC is expanding its research capabilities to include castings technology, after acquiring Castings Technology International (CTI) at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Catcliffe, Rotherham.

“The new centre will develop techniques that will enable the UK sector to compete in current markets, and more importantly, provide the resources to take castings into new safety critical areas, such as aircraft structures. The integration of CTI will bring about substantial leaps in casting technology, comparable to those that the AMRC has made in areas such as machining and composites. Sheffield is the home of engineering, and we’re thrilled to be adding this to our portfolio.”

– Professor Richard Jones, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield has acquired the buildings and assets of CTI and Titanium Castings UK Ltd (TCUK) including the ongoing research work, commercial contracts and consultancy.

York University rises in world rankings

York University Central Hall Credit: ITV Yorkshire

York University has risen up an international league table to just outside the world's top 100 universities. York has jumped from 121st place last year to 103rd in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

But Sheffield University has fallen nine places to joint 110th and Leeds University has dropped from 133rd to joint 142nd

University of Sheffield named as one of the best

Students at Sheffield celebrate the news Credit: University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is celebrating after having been named as the best in Yorkshire and the Humber following a survey. It has also risen six places in what is regarded as the world’s largest and most extensive university ranking this year.

It is now in 66th place out of more than 2,500 institutions across the world - and is also one of just 18 in the UK to be named in the annual QS World University Rankings prestigious top 100.

The rankings taken into account such things as staff: student ratios, and the proportion of international staff and students - and were compiled this year following surveys of more than 46,000 academics and 28,000 employers.

Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said it was a fantastic accolade for the University and one that was well deserved. For other results click here .

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