Posts by The University of Sheffield

How do we make decisions in healthcare about which drugs and treatments to fund?

Dr Katherine Stevens from The University of Sheffield is lead educator on Measuring and Valuing Health. Here, she explains how Quality Adjusted Life Years (QALYs) are used as part of the decision-making process about which drugs to fund – an issue that has made headline news in the UK recently, due to a cut in the number of treatments paid for by the government’s Cancer Drugs Fund.

Penny pinchers or NICE people? Why someone’s got to choose which treatments get funded

Whatever you think about the UK’s National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), there’s no way around it – we need someone to make tough decisions about which health treatments get funded, says Claire Beecroft, educator on The University of Sheffield’s free online Health Technology Assessment course. It seems that barely a week goes by without a…

Blue Monday and the problem of junk science

Learn why Blue Monday is a cause for concern, but not for the reasons you might think, with Dr Andrew Bell – a Lecturer in Quantitative Social Sciences at the University of Sheffield Methods Institute and contributor to the free online course Making Sense of Data in the Media. It’s Blue Monday, so you might be…

Why a diverse group of people are discovering dentistry on FutureLearn

The University of Sheffield’s free online course, Discover Dentistry, is about to start its third run on FutureLearn. Here, lead educator, Christopher Stokes, discusses the diverse group of people who have taken the course so far and what he has learnt from it. Designed as a course for aspiring dentists to learn more about the profession,…

Quiz: How successful are you at job applications?

You’ve seen an advert for your dream job, but how confident are you that you’ll do a good enough application to get an interview? Take our just-for-fun quiz and see if you’re up to the challenge. Has your job application got you an interview? Then try  our other quiz: “How savvy are you in a…

How to get that dream job or course this year

Many FutureLearners have told us that they hope to find a fulfilling new career or start a new university course this year. Here, Pamela Hafekost of The University of Sheffield offers some tips on the first step to achieving these goals – writing applications. When it comes to writing applications for jobs or courses, do you struggle to…

The future is playful

Ahead of the FutureLearn course, ‘Exploring Play: the Importance of Play in Everyday Life’, Professor Jackie Marsh of The University of Sheffield argues that play is more important today than ever before – not just for children, but for all of us. We’re now used to regular media reports that decry that ‘play is dead’,…

“North America’s Love of English Country House Literature and a Newly Minted MOOC”

Jim Fitzmaurice, lead educator of the University of Sheffield’s upcoming course, Literature of the English Country House, discusses how this new course will take you on a journey through literature and architecture and explores how the two interact. As an American and as a retired university English teacher, I can say that my fellow countrymen…

Kick start your career in dentistry

Dr Chris Stokes, Lead Educator from the University of Sheffield for the Discover Dentistry free online course, talks about the potential of this course to help aspiring healthcare professionals learn more about their intended career. Getting onto a university course such as dentistry is difficult and competitive: you’ll need excellent A-levels (or equivalent), evidence of…