Is there a New Year’s Resolution that you keep going back to year on year, always promising yourself that this will be the year that you stick to it? Maybe it’s giving up smoking, or biting your nails. Or perhaps it’s learning a new skill or taking up a new hobby, so what better place to start than with a part-time course at The Sheffield College.
We’ve got a wide variety of courses available for part-time study; from hobby courses like Bee-Keeping and Cake Decorating, to professional qualifications that will help you to propel your career in a new direction.
Here’s our top 5 reasons why you should think about studying part-time:
- Courses that fit around your lifestyle
Many of our part-time courses are delivered just one day per week, usually during the evening, so it’s easier for you to fit it around your family commitments or other hobbies!
- Give your career a boost
We offer a selection of courses that are perfect for advancing your career (such as professional accounting qualifications) and because they’re offered part time you can study around your current job.
- Financial Flexibility
Studying part-time can mean that you spread the costs of your course out so you’re not paying as much upfront. Depending on your course and eligibility you might also be entitled to a loan to help cover your course fees. To check eligibility for a loan, please click here.
- Personal Development
Not only does part-time study contribute to your professionalism, but it uplifts personal development and builds self-confidence.
- Just for fun!
You don’t need an excuse to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby other than you enjoy it! If you love baking but want to develop your decorating talents then you might fancy our short course in Sugar Paste techniques.
So what are you waiting for? Head to our website to check out all the part-time courses we have available at The Sheffield College, we’ll see you in 2017!
There seems to be a fair bit of confusion surrounding university level courses at colleges. Not just here at The Sheffield College, but all over the country. People don’t quite seem to know if university level courses at colleges are the same as they are at university. It’s not just the course offering, but the gravitas of the qualifications (amongst other things). Read on as we try and clear a few bits up!
You can only get a degree at university, can’t you?
Right let’s bang straight in with clearing this one up; of course not. For many years further education colleges have been able to offer degree level qualifications. The exact same level qualifications as universities, but with a lot less debt.
But a degree at a college isn’t a ‘proper degree’ is it?
No, it definitely is a ‘proper degree’.
All university level courses that are available at colleges are validated and accredited by universities. Universities approve of the courses that are delivered, they meet the same standards that have to be adhered to and the qualifications given out at the end are the same.
The gravitas is exactly the same, the environment is just slightly different. It may be one that suits your needs better.
Ok, well surely employers prefer degrees from universities?
Not true. We work with many employers in different industries to get their input for the design of our courses so that you graduate with the exact skills they’re looking for. There has been a shift in employer demands; moving away from prestige to a preference for a CV with a high-class degree and plenty of work experience.
There’s a reason many big employers send their employees to us to get their degrees.
That sounds good. How are your links to industry?
The beauty of gaining a degree at a college is that smaller class sizes allow tutors to build close working relationships with many of our students. By the time they graduate and move into industry/start their own businesses, those industry links begin to reap rewards adding to the almost 3,000 employers we already work with.
We give all of our students the opportunities to access masterclasses, work on live briefs (e.g. Design briefs for agencies) and gain first-hand experience through work placements – many of which coming from former students.
Don’t the best tutors work at universities though?
Just because a tutor doesn’t work at a university doesn’t mean they not are at the top of their game. Many tutors have/still do work for both universities and colleges and some also still work in industry.
You will also find your tutors more accessible at a college as they have more time to offer support to students.
Won’t I miss out on the ‘university lifestyle’?
First of all, the stereotypical lifestyle is not for everyone. People in different stages of their lives want different things from university. We’re primed in a position to cater for all.
The general experience is different, but only if you want it to be. Those who are looking to get their head down and improve academically are afforded the space and resource to do so.
But we are located right in the city centre of Sheffield. You have access to some of the same accommodation as university students in Sheffield meaning you’ll socialise with fellow students of the city – and you’ll have less debt so you’ll never miss a night out!
It’s all sounding good, decent facilities as well?
Yes definitely. Our facilities at the college are as good as they are at most universities. Our creative subjects have just undergone an overhaul as we’ve built a new theatre, television, photography and music studios all supported by the latest software to add to our training kitchens and media makeup studio.
We also have onsite construction facilities, a dedicated engineering and motor vehicle campus and much more.
To view the wide range of university level courses The Sheffield College has to offer you, please follow this link.
It’s Christmas Eve Eve and hopefully all shopping missions have been a great success. Time to fully submerge yourself in what is bound to be a hectic few days with a run down of the best (worst) Christmas cracker jokes…
Why are Christmas trees so bad at sewing?
They always drop their needles!
What did Adam say to his wife on the day before Christmas?
It’s Christmas, Eve!
What carol is heard in the desert?
O camel ye faithful!
What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
‘I don’t like Brussels sprouts!’
What do you call a bunch of chess players bragging about their games in a hotel lobby?
Chess nuts boasting in an open foyer!
Why is it getting harder to buy Advent calendars?
Because their days are numbered!
What is the best Christmas present in the world?
A broken drum – you just can’t beat it!
What does Santa suffer from if he gets stuck in a chimney?
Who hides in the bakery at Christmas?
A mince spy!
Why was the turkey in the rock group?
Because he was the only one with drumsticks.
To keep an eye on all things The Sheffield College over Christmas, or to find yourself a course for the new year, search for us on our social media channels or visit http://www.sheffcol.ac.uk
Great news for all those haters of dark nights. Today is the December Solstice; the Winter Solstice. In simple terms, it’s the shortest day of the year. The least amount of sunlight in a day. But that’s no reason to be disconcerted, things are on the up – days are getting longer and summer’s coming! National Geographic explain is all here…
The Northern Hemisphere’s procession of dwindling days is about to reach its nadir. The winter solstice is the year’s shortest day, but the start of winter also launches the sun’s steady climb toward the long, warm days of summer.
This year, the northern winter solstice occurs on Wednesday, December 21, at 5:44 a.m. ET (10:44 UTC). It happens at the same moment no matter where you live, but because we’ve divided Earth into 24 times zones, people around the world will observe it at 24 different times of day.
Why does the solstice occur anyway, and how have people observed it through history? Read on for everything you need to know about the December solstice.
SOLSTICE FROM SPACE
Earth’s tilt is the reason for the season. Our planet orbits the sun while tilted at an average of 23.5 degrees, so the Northern and Southern Hemispheres receive unequal amounts of sunlight. This causes both the solstices and the seasons.
Each hemisphere’s cooler half of the year happens when it’s tilted away from the sun, and its winter solstice (December in the north, June in the south) marks the point when that half of the globe is tilted away from the sun at its most extreme angle.
Lack of exposure to the sun’s rays makes the winter solstice the darkest day of the year, but it’s not the coldest.
That’s still a month or more away, depending on your location, because oceans and landmasses are slow to lose the heat energy they absorbed during the warmer months.
EARLIEST SUNSET? NOT ON THE SOLSTICE.
Most of us see the year’s earliest sunset a week or two before the solstice. That’s because the sun and our human clocks don’t keep exactly the same time.
We’ve organized our days into precise 24-hour segments, but Earth doesn’t spin on its axis that precisely. So while the time from noon to noon is always exactly 24 hours, the time between solar noons, the moment each day when the sun reaches its highest peak, varies. As we move through the year, the chronological time of solar noon shifts seasonally—and so do each day’s sunrises and sunsets.
During December, solar noons can be some 30 seconds longer than 24 hours apart. That means while the shortest amount of total daylight falls on the solstice, the day’s sunset is actually a few minutes later on our clocks than it had been earlier in the month.
To see the earliest sunset coincide more closely with the solstice, simply head toward the Arctic, where the difference between the two dwindles.
CAN I SEE THE SOLSTICE?
It is possible to see the effects of the solstice by noting what happens in the skies overhead, as well as the changes in sunlight over time.
The sun’s arc across the sky has been steadily dropping lower and becoming shorter since June. At the northern winter solstice, it reaches its lowest possible arc—so low that in the few days surrounding the solstice, it appears to rise and set in the same place. That phenomenon produced the Latin phrasing from which the word “solstice” was derived, which means “sun stands still.”
The sun’s low angle also means that your noontime shadow is the longest of the entire year during the winter solstice.
ANCIENT SOLSTICE SITES
In the ancient world, people built a number of monuments to commemorate the solstice. One example is Newgrange, a huge Stone Age tomb mound built in the Irish countryside around 3200 B.C., or about a thousand years before Stonehenge. A tunnel facing the solstice sunrise runs to a main chamber, where the dead may have once been placed. A small window bathes the chamber in solstice light for 17 minutes.
The Paracas people of Peru, who lived around 800 to 100 B.C., crisscrossed the desert with lines of earth and rock called geoglyphs that connect ceremonial mounds with the place where the winter solstice sun sets on the horizon. The famed Nazca Lines—awe-inspiring monkeys, lizards, and other figures etched into the earth by a subsequent Peruvian culture around A.D. 1 to 700—also feature alignments with the winter solstice.
Ancient Egypt’s sprawling Temple of Karnak was constructed in alignment with the winter solstice at Luxor more than 4,000 years ago. Similar alignments can be seen at Angkor Wat in Cambodia and Machu Picchu in Peru.
For more than two billion Christians, the solstice has long been overshadowed by Christmas. But to historian David Gwynn of the University of London, the proximity of the two events may not be an accident.
According to Gwynn, one theory holds that Christmas was set on December 25 to replace a Roman holiday, which had roots in the pagan cult of Sol Invictus (“the unconquered sun”).
Other solstice traditions color today’s winter holiday celebrations. Scandinavians once celebrated Juul, or Yule, a multiday feast marking the sun god’s return. In Britain, Druids observed the solstice by cutting mistletoe.
And some ancient solstice celebrations continue in the present day. Iran’s Yalda festival marks the day when Mithra, an angel of light, was thought to have been born. The tradition was adopted into Zoroastrianism and is still observed by staying up late and savoring treats like watermelon and pomegranate.
China’s Dōngzhì festival marks the time when winter’s darkness begins to give way to light. Families observe this time by enjoying special foods, such as glutinous rice balls known as tang yuan.
Taken in plenty of Disney films Christmas just passed? Bet you didn’t know these…
1. The translation to the iconic “Circle of Life” at the beginning of The Lion KIng is “There comes a lion, oh yes, it’s a lion.”
2. Rapunzel, Princess Aurora, Princess Merida, and Mulan are the only Disney Princesses from the official princess lineup with both parents still living.
3. The voices of Mickey and Minnie Mouse were married in real life.
4. Christopher Daniel Barnes was only 16 when he voiced Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid.
5. Rapunzel and Flynn from Tangled make a cameo in Frozen.
6. Princess Aurora is the quietest Disney Princess, with only 18 lines of dialogue.
7. The Queen from Snow White has a name, and it’s Queen Grimhilde.
8. Hans (23) and Gaston (25) are the two youngest Disney villains.
9. Tangled cost more money to make than James Cameron’s Avatar.
10. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy make a cameo in The Little Mermaid.
11. Whenever Disney princesses are grouped together, they never make eye contact to make it appear as if they’re unaware of the other princesses. This is to keep their individual mythologies intact.
12. Only materials that would have been available on Moana’s island were used to design the characters’ clothes.
13. Gaston from Beauty and the Beast was the first male villain in a Disney Princess film.
14. Mulan’s and Jasmine’s singing voices are performed by the same person, Lea Salonga.
15. There was no open casting for the role of Maui in Moana. The creators reached out to Dwayne Johnson directly for the part.
16. Pocahontas originally had a talking turkey companion named Redfeather. He was dropped due to the death of his intended voice actor, John Candy, and replaced with Meeko.
17. Mickey Mouse’s first spoken words were “hot dog!” in the 1929 cartoon “Karnival Kid.”
18. Scar from The Lion King is shown as a throw rug in Hercules.
19. Mickey Mouse’s name was originally Mortimer Mouse, but Walt Disney’s wife convinced him to change it. Mortimer became the name of Mickey’s rival.
20. “Love is an open door” from Frozen is the first time a Disney princess performs a duet with a Disney villain.
21. The lion roars in The Lion King were made by a guy named Frank growling into a trash can.
22. You can actually learn the language Atlantean from Atlantis: The Lost Empire. It was created by the same guy who invented Klingon.
23. There’s a note in the end credits of Frozen stating that Kristoff’s opinions on boogers do not reflect those of Disney.
24. If you send a wedding invitation to Mickey and Minnie Mouse, they’ll send you back a postcard from one of the parks and a “Just Married” pin.
25. Pocahontas is the only Disney princess who has a tattoo.
26. When designing the Beast, the creators of Beauty and the Beast wanted a creature that Belle could realistically fall in love with. In the final version, he has the mane of a lion, the head of a buffalo, the brow of a gorilla, the tusks of a wild boar, the body of a bear, the legs and tail of a wolf, and the eyes of a human.
27. The Lion King bears a striking resemblance to the Japanese anime Kimba The White Lion. The similarities include, but are not limited to, an evil uncle, hyena lackeys, communicating with parents in the night skies, and well, um, lion royalty.
28. Prince Charming in Cinderella is never given a name. In fact, he’s not even referred to as Prince Charming in the film.
29. A Disney intern provided some of the inspiration for Tiana from The Princess and the Frog.
30. Disney was going to release a wine to promote Ratatouille, but withdrew it after receiving criticism from winemakers for appealing to underage drinkers with a cartoon rat.
31. Walt Disney’s mother died from a furnace leak in the house Disney bought for her. Producer Don Hahn believes that the reason so many characters in the franchise are motherless is because Disney used his work to process his guilt and his grief.
32. Russell from Up was largely based on Pixar animator Peter Sohn.
33. Mary Poppins won the most Oscars out of any Disney movie, with Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Original Music Score, Best Song, Best Visual Effects, and Best Film Editing.
34. The vultures in The Jungle Book were originally supposed to be voiced by the Beatles.
35. Robin Hood was the first Disney movie to have no human characters.
36. The directors of Aladdin provided Robin Williams with a box of props to use while he recorded the intro to the movie. The intro took 25 takes, and many of the props he used made it into the film.
37. Mickey Mouse only has four fingers on each of his hands because it was less expensive to animate.
38. When Snow White won an honorary Academy Award. Walt Disney received it in the form of one regular Oscar statue with seven smaller statues to represent the dwarves.
40. The head of Apple’s design department helped to design Eve from Wall-E.
41. Joss Whedon helped to rework early drafts of Toy Story into the movie we know today.
42. Walt Disney was the original voice behind Mickey Mouse.
43. When Nani signs the adoption papers in Lilo and Stitch, you can see a message thanking the animation studios that helped to create the movie.
44. Tarzan’s movements as he slides across tree trunks in the jungle were modeled after professional skateboarder Tony Hawk.
45. The last film Walt Disney worked on was The Jungle Book. He passed away during production.
46. 270 pieces of food were created for references in Ratatouille (and then eaten!).
47. In The Lion King, computers multiplied hand-drawn wildebeest to create the stampede scene. It took more than two years to create the final sequence.
48. Pirates of the Caribbean, Tower of Terror, The Haunted Mansion, and Tomorrowland are all Disney movies based on Disney park rides.
49. There’s a postcard addressed to Carl and Ellie from Up in Andy’s room in Toy Story 3.
50. Boo’s real name is Mary. This can be seen on the corner of one of her drawings in her room.
51. When You Wish Upon A Star was the first Disney song to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
52. There are 10,286 balloons attached to the house in Up. It would take more than 25 million balloons to lift the house in real life.
53. A line of code nearly deleted all of the work done on Toy Story 2. Luckily, one of the animators had a backup at her house for her to work on while she stayed at home with her kids.
54. Chicken Little was Disney’s first fully computer-animated film.
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Get your head round this then as you work that two-day hangover off!
How high can you count using just your fingers?
Seriously, give it a go – no matter how high you’ve managed, we can help you get higher.
Research mathematician James Tanton created a TED-Ed video explain how you can make your digits reach even more digits.
Most people will say that you can count to ten, with eight fingers and two thumbs.
Slightly more advanced people will know you can go up to twelve on one hand, if you divide your four fingers into three sections, with your thumb as the counter – double that for two hands means you can go up to 24.
Similarly, if you keep to one hand, and use the other to count each time you get to 12, you can have five groups of twelve – or 60.
Using the sections on the second hand will bring you up to 144.
Here’s where it gets interesting. You can count higher by finding more countable sections on your hand.
There are three sections per finger and three creases – giving you six things to count. With this in mind, you now have 24 on each hand, bringing the total to 48. If you use one hand to mark groups of 24, you can get up to 576.
Ok, so six might be the limit of finger parts you can count, but that doesn’t mean it’s over.
Enter positional notation – this is when the placement of symbols allows for different values. The example Tanton gives is 999 – each nine represents a different value.
With this in mind, let’s assume there are two hand movements – up and down. By using a binary – that is, each number is double the previous number – and assigning each finger a different value, you can go a lot higher.
Let’s say you want to present the number 250. You do 128+64+32+16+8+2=250
You can represent the three digit number with just six fingers raised.
With this theory, you are able to get up to 1023.
Finally, if you can bend your finger half way, you have three states – down, half bent and raised, and you can use a base three positional system.
This gives you a grand total of 59,048
There you go, rediscovering your fingers, one article at a time.
Computers work much the same way, Tanton concludes in the video, below:
Shaving your hair doesn’t actually make it grow back thicker.
Your hair and nails don’t continue to grow when you die.
People think that this is the case because when you die your skin shrinks, which makes your nails and hair look longer.
Daddy long leg spiders are actually venomous.
The seemingly harmless daddy long leg is in fact venomous but its teeth cannot break through human skin.
Sleeping with wet hair doesn’t give you a cold.
Simply put, colds are caused by viruses.
Lightning can strike the same place more than once.
Lightning hitting the same spot doesn’t do anything to the electrical charge of the storm.
Defibrillators don’t do anything to start non-beating hearts.
Flatlined hearts cannot be started by the shock of a defibrillator. For a heart to beat and give life, there must be the right chemical balance of electrolytes. Defibrillators are used to reset and correct irregular heartbeats, like ventricular fibrillation, in the hopes that the cells reorganise into a regular heartbeat again.
And CPR isn’t meant to revive a non-beating heart either.
While the common belief is that CPR is used to revive someone, it’s actually used prevent brain damage by pumping oxygen through the lungs. For the most part, without an effective electric shock, the heart won’t start beating regularly again.
If you ask an undercover cop if they’re a cop, they don’t actually have to tell you they are.
Undercover cops can help you commit a crime, because they’re exempt from some criminal laws, but can’t force or convince you to do one. So not only do they not have to tell you who they are, you probably won’t even know.
You don’t have to be rich to adopt a child.
Depending where in the world you are, the adoption process can be expensive, but you don’t necessarily have to be ~rich~ to adopt. You must, however, be financially stable enough to provide for the child.
If you swallow gum, you won’t be stuck with it in your stomach for seven years.
While it isn’t digested like other foods, gum eventually just passes through your body. It rarely stays in your stomach for seven days, so forget about seven years.
And consuming sugar doesn’t make children hyper.
The common idea is that giving children too much sugar makes them hyper, but really it’s just the thought of sugar making them excited. There have been no links between sugar consumption and hyperactivity.
Washing your hands with soap doesn’t kill germs, it just washes some away.
Soap removes bacteria from the hands but doesn’t actually kill them.
Bacteria cling to and thrive on the oils on your hands. Soap helps remove these oils and, in turn, washes some of the bacteria away.
Yes, yes, you did read that right. The woolly mammoth uprising starts right here!
Because Jurassic Park taught us nothing, scientists are attempting to clone a woolly mammoth and bring the long-extinct beast back to life.
But first, they need some DNA.
In Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown: Woolly Mammoth, a team of international scientists ventures into the frigid climes of Russia’s Siberian permafrost to find the ancient genetic remains.
In the first episode, which airs Dec. 28 at 9 p.m. ET, the group unearths the leg bone of an adult male mammoth that was buried in the ice for the past 200,000 years. Then they literally hack their way into the bone’s core to extract well-preserved marrow, which they’ll take back to a lab in South Korea.
Woolly mammoths roamed the Earth for hundreds of thousands of years and weighed as much as 6 tons — about the same size as modern African elephants.
The last of the woolly mammoths disappeared some 4,000 years ago, possibly due to overhunting or because of changes in their food supply following the last Ice Age.
Expedition Unknown is part of the Travel Channel’s “Chill-cation” programming event (that’s Sky channel 249 to me and thee), which airs Dec. 25-31 and features ice-themed episodes from the network’s most popular series.
The article is right, did you people not watch Jurassic Park?!
We saw this last week and thought it was a dead interesting insight into the world of Journalism and how things have changed.
Journalism isn’t dying; it’s getting smarter than ever. As newspaper circulation collapsed with the reign of digital, things seemed bleak for the traditional idea of the press. (Between 2001 and 2009, nearly one in five newspaper journalists had already lost their jobs, and the newsroom workforce shrunk another 10% in 2014.) But journalists have been key innovators during the exponential growth of the Web, blazing trails and staking claims to keep the essential profession as current and changing as the times we live in. It’s a hell of a comeback story, driven by a simple, almost painfully obvious resource: Data. What the winners have in common is a super-powered understanding of what readers want (and how they want it) — and a willingness to evolve or die.
“Print journalism was very ‘push.’ Journalists were writing what they wanted to write or what they felt was important. Now, it’s about ‘pull,’” explains Cavan Sieczkowski, Deputy Director of News and Analytics at Huffington Post. “A trends writer can riff off content that is resonating with audiences based on engagement data, and can continue to follow more story angles around the topics that are driving the most reaction.” Instead of the editor dictating the calendar, it’s about giving the reader more of a say. “Pulling editorial ideas from the audience’s reaction is what makes for the best content. We don’t just adhere to a hard and fast idea of what content we will print and publish. We adapt.”
Adapting is key when more readers are opting to get their news and information from the echo chamber of social media, often choosing to surround themselves with voices that reinforce — as opposed to challenge — their existing beliefs. Walled gardens serving up story after story that machines predict will get the greatest engagement have critics questioning how much algorithms shaped the results of the 2016 election. “People are selecting what they put into their social feed. They’re becoming their own editors,” Cavan says. “It’s not search engine-driven anymore. People find news on their social media accounts, and engage with conversations they care about.”
Understanding readers’ values guides journalists on how to make content more personalized, impactful and informative. “The data from our Voices section showed that the content that resonated with readers the most wasn’t straight-up political news. It was the political content that had an angle, and stories that took a stance.” And in the case of Huffington Post and outlets like it, it’s real journalism about these provocative topics — a far cry from clickbait sites that benefit from algorithmic juice despite their questionable sourcing and ethics.
Data is the most valuable resource journalists have in the quest for audience relevance, and harnessing its power is a critical force for change. Not just the kind of change that impacts business models and bottom lines, but change that makes a difference in the voices we read, watch and hear in those important cultural moments when we turn to journalism to help us understand our world.
Don’t worry, you’ve not been going crazy. The festive period can do that to you, but you’ve actually been very eagle-eyed. Observant. With Disney’s back catalogue wheeled out every Christmas, you may have noticed a bit of scene sharing, BuzzFeed explain…
A lot of classic Disney films use the exact animation frames in their movies
Yup, a lot of Disney frames are duplicates of other Disney films. Like this guitar playing dog from Robin Hood and his feline counter part in Aristocats.
Another example is with this affectionate dog scene from Sword in the Stone that is a carbon copy of a similar scene from The Jungle Book.
It’s even been used in more recent films like Beauty and the Beast which has the exact same dance sequence as Sleeping Beauty.
The practice is known as rotoscoping, which is essentially a process where animators redraw over existing animation cells with similar character designs and movements.
Still not convinced? Well YouTube user Tommynka put together this video of two pairs of Disney films that have many of the exact same animation sequences.
Most people think Disney did this to save time and money but in reality, it was done because animator Wolfgang Reitherman, who took over after Disney’s death, just wanted to stick what they knew would do well.
Basically, why fix something that isn’t broken?