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Royal visit for Hallam

Monday 19 August 2019

Sheffield Hallam University played host to His Royal Highness, Prince Harry, The Duke of Sussex, last month (Thursday 25 July), where he got to learn about the University's commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.

During the visit he met academics and students demonstrating a Virtual Reality rehabilitation project, which uses technology to make it easier for amputees to train themselves to use prosthetic limbs.

HRH also met academics and students working with the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, who have developed innovative new technology to provide alerts and assistance to field staff working in inhospitable and dangerous parts of the world.

Finally, The Duke chatted to engineering students who showed him the racing car they built and raced at Silverstone last week; finishing 21st out of more than 80 competitors.

SHU Racing Team Principal, Samuel Seabrook, said: “It was really nice to meet Prince Harry and show him around the SHU Racing 2019 car, fresh off the track from Silverstone.

“We talked about what the car and engineering means to the University and how we get (students) from all years involved in the team to develop their skills.”

Ivan Phelan, Research Associate at Sheffield Hallam University, was one of the academics who met The Duke.

He said: “It was very nice to meet him; he seemed like a genuine down-to-earth person. He was very engaged with what we were doing and asking insightful questions about how it worked. You could tell he cared about what the impact was.”

The visit was part of a wider visit to Sheffield where The Duke also opened a new wing of Sheffield Children's Hospital and attended the Invictus UK Trials - a new sporting event which saw Sheffield host almost 500 wounded, injured or sick military personnel and veterans compete in an adaptive multi-sport championship and wider programme of activity.

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