SHU is organised into four large Faculties:
- Health & Wellbeing
- Arts, Computing , Engineering and Sciences
- Development and Society
- Sheffield Business School
The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) sits in the Faculty of Health & Wellbeing. CSER is internationally renowned with over 160 years of cumulative experience. It focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment and the creation of innovative technology applications. The centre is led by Professor Steve Haake, the founding chair of the International Sports Engineering Association, and founding editor of the journal Sports Engineering.
CSER undertakes research and consultancy for a diverse range of sports companies and organisations including: the International Tennis Federation, Adidas, Prince, Ping, and UK Sport. Since 2008 CSER has been working as a UK Sport Innovation Partner, a role that sees it providing technical R&D support across many elite sports, including swimming, diving, boxing and gymnastics. CSER also delivers large and complex collaborative projects with agencies such as ERDF and ESF. Public engagement is embedded into the culture of the centre and numerous high profile projects have been delivered with organisations like the British Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
SHU and ProFit
SHU has the lead role for Work Package 3 – Research. This involves establishing methods and mechanisms to enable the measurement of FieldLab performance data (product, people, societal, environmental). The essential element in this will be the design and installation of measurement systems. Initial foundations for each FieldLab have been established through a user needs analysis in all city locations (led by TU Delft). We are also establishing baseline data sets on FieldLab start-up. As data is collected SHU will co-ordinate the analysis and assessment of economic impact of innovation activity, and look also at secondary impact on health and social cohesion. Dissemination of results and findings through seminars, conferences, papers, and articles will conclude this activity. SHU also provides support to the innovation competition, and will drive the creation of stakeholder and user networks in the Sheffield region.