BUCS Nationals Volunteers

The Student Union is involved in the recruitment of volunteers for BUCS Nationals in February 2019.  If you fancy volunteering, you can choose between:

  • Athletics: Result runner, presentation team, starting block assistants
  • Badminton: Court management
  • Judo: Weigh in
  • Karate: Registration & Information, scorer (full training given)
  • Swimming: Registration & Information, runner, presentation team

Sign up here:     https://www.hallamstudentsunion.com/ents/event/3001/



In the Media: Susanna Dinnage: Premier League gets first female chief executive, but sport remains a man’s world

Susanna Dinnage: Premier League gets first female chief executive, but sport remains a man’s world

Dr. Beth Fielding-Lloyd

The Conversation

The sporting world was taken by surprise recently after a woman was named the new chief executive of the English Premier League. Susanna Dinnage, made her name in broadcasting rather than the world of football, but is now the most powerful woman in English professional sport. Click here for the full article.


April 2018 Update, Uncategorized

Festival of Debate – 18 April-29 June 2018

Founded in 2015, Festival of Debate is a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events in Sheffield, exploring politics, economics and society in 2018.

Festival of Debate is coordinated by not-for-profit company Opus Independents in collaboration with over 40 partner organisations across the city. This year’s programme takes place in April, May and June and features over 70 events of all shapes and sizes.

For more information



The Myths We Live By: Football, History and the Invention of Tradition – Professor Tony Collins

Date: Thursday 22 March

Time: 5:00-6:30pm

Location: HC.0.06, Heart of Campus, Collegiate Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Book tickets (free admission)


The history of sport is a palimpsest. Meanings, interpretations and purposes are written and rewritten over that history as people seek to give a broader significance to the act of play. Details and fragments are reassembled and rearranged to create a story that meets the desires and demands of different generations, social groups and ideologies.

This paper looks at the ways in which the history of football in its different varieties has been continually invented and reinvented. It will look at the re-emergence of the William Webb Ellis myth, the creation story of American football and in particular the invented traditions of early Sheffield football to ask why sport needs a mythology and what this tells us about the role of sport in contemporary society.

Speaker bio


April 2018 Update, March 2018 Update, Uncategorized

Professor Tony Blackshaw Inaugural Lecture

Wed 11 April 2018, 18:00 – 20:00

This is not a professorial lecture

The answer is of course given in the title. All the same I will ask the audience to think hard about what appears to be an outrageous proposition. The first part of the lecture will draw on a parallel reading from the world of art to make the argument that in order to uphold our responsibility to be critical we need to undermine the familiar by placing it (as Derrida would suggest) ‘under erasure’. Applying this inscriptive activity I will next challenge the necessity of certain conventions in leisure studies and sociology.

Drawing on examples from my own work I will next make the case for a particular ‘freedom of thought’ that sets out to create new relations and specify characteristics of language in social forms, cultures and subjects generally ignored in leisure studies and sociology. In this conception a liberated and liberating alternative emerges which elevates skholē by harmonizing with the experience of those who share an experience and submitting that experience to what Wittgenstein would give the name ‘aspect change’.

Tony joined the University at the turn of the century. He is author of 10 books and numerous refereed journal articles. As his professorial title suggests Tony has particular expertise in the sociology of leisure, but he has published on a variety of other topics, including sport and community studies, and is known internationally for his work on the sociology of Zygmunt Bauman. In recognition of the diversity of his expertise, Tony has been invited scholar at a number of universities across the world as well as at organisations outside the academy, such as L’Oréal (Paris).

Refreshments to be served at 18:00 outside of the lecture theatre. The lecture will begin at 18:30 prompt followed by wine and canapés.

To book your ticket, click here.