University of Sheffield staff featured in photography exhibition

University of Sheffield staff featured in photography exhibition

 September 13, 2018

The University of Sheffield has shared and celebrated the stories of non-UK EU staff who have made a life and a home in Sheffield in a staff-led photography exhibition titled 'A Part of Sheffield'. The photography exhibition highlights many of theimportant places they care about in Sheffield.

Here is what they said about living and working in the fascintaing city of Sheffield.

Adelina E Acosta-Martin from Spain, Biological Mass Spectrometry Facility Manager

“What I enjoyed most on moving to Sheffield, was discovering that local people are very relaxed, interactive and know how to have a great time. Through my job helping researchers and students to analyse proteins, I’ve connected with people from all over the world. I love it! Because at the end of the day it’s all about the people, isn’t it?.”

Iwona Zwierzak from Poland, Research Associate

“My Sheffield: great research in international teams, music, stunning outdoors and a family friendly atmosphere. My research is not affected by Brexit, but after the referendum I have mixed feelings. We do not need the borders, we all belong to one world.”

Maša Šorn from Slovenia, Research Associate Urban Education Live

“It is such a privilege to live at a time when cross-border movement and collaboration across Europe and the world is possible. The freedom to study and work in the UK has broadened my professional, academic and personal horizons.”

Claudia Mazzà from Italy, Reader in Biomechanics

“My life in Sheffield is full of great friends, beautiful walks, nice food and unique volunteering experiences. Things are now palpably changing because of Brexit and this makes me sad, and genuinely sorry for the UK and the EU.”

Stefanie Pukallus from Germany, Lecturer in Global Journalism

“I have enjoyed studying and now working at the University of Sheffield. Being part of a multi-cultural and multi-lingual University has been a great experience and I have met wonderful colleagues and friends. I also love the friendliness and hospitality of the people of Sheffield – Sheffield feels like home for all of us.”

Jennifer Smith from Ireland, Research Services Librarian

“My mother was born in Korea, my father in the US. My mother-in-law was born in Ireland, my husband in London. My children were born in Sheffield, and they have three passports each. I came to the UK to study and now I work in the University Library helping researchers make their work freely available to everyone. We are international.“

Eva Vichova from the Czech Republic, Centre Administrator

“I moved to Sheffield for a change of scene and fell in love with it straight away. The diversity and friendliness completely won me over, it has a special place in my heart. Although I was shocked by Brexit, the huge support network at the University has made me feel like I still belong here.”

Dörte Stevenson from Germany, Assistant Director

“Out of almost 28 years living in the UK, 16 of them have been working and living in Sheffield, and the City now feels like home. Since graduating, almost all my jobs have entailed working globally – with a strong emphasis on Europe. The forthcoming changes seem colossal.”

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