News In Brief: Leading the way

Leading the way

A £10m development centre, created by Sheffield University, is set to make the city a key centre for cutting-edge manufacturing technology.

The Mercury Centre, which attracted over £5m in European funding, is equipped to speed up advanced processes including 3D printing, functional coatings and surface treatments – so-called ‘near net shape’ manufacturing.

Such items are created directly from computer models and need little or no finishing. The centre has already attracted interest from aerospace, motorsport, biomedical and electronics companies.

£60 student rent

UNIVERSITY students in Sheffield pay an average weekly rent of £63.04, according to new research.

That is less than the national average of £67.11 – up three per cent on last year.

Rents are cheapest in Middlesbrough, where students pay £43.68, while the most expensive is London, where weekly rents average £108.03

Whirlow challenge

Registration is now open for the annual Whirlow Trail Challenge.

The 10Krun, on September 18, aims to to raise £5,000 for the Whirlow Hall Farm Trust educational charity which provides a classroom in the countryside for Sheffield children.

For more information, visit to download application forms, route map and a sponsorship pack.

Jewel in the crown

SHEFFIELD jeweller Green + Benz has scored a first for Yorkshire with the arrival of a new collection from award-winning designer Fei Liu.

Green + Benz are displaying pieces from Fei’s Silver Rose collection from this month – the first stockist to bring the collection to Yorkshire.