Slideshow: Retro - Looking back on hair-raising university life

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Student life is not quite what it was. Back in the 1960s and ’70s students represented a national elite of high achievers.

They had student grant cheques in their back pockets, tuition all paid for and three years of study, sit-ins and socialising ahead of them. And look at all that hair...

Sheffield University - 1982'Picture shows, from left, Peter Kermode, Ian Harness and Dr. Jim Stangroom

Sheffield University - 1982'Picture shows, from left, Peter Kermode, Ian Harness and Dr. Jim Stangroom

David Owen and Dr John Carling have the ’70s hair and beard thing going on – wonder what they look like today?

Students in the ’60s wanted to change the world and everything in it but the sit-in protest in the Sheffield University Students’ Union Bar from 1969, in the main picture, was against the less revolutionary cause of the cost of tickets for the Students’ Union dinner and ball.

It is not known whether their sit-in achieved anything or if the university hierarchy was shaken to its core.

Also in 1969 Lord Butler, Chancellor of Sheffield University spoke to a gathering of students and was heckled as he answered their questions, during a fairly hectic hour on April 15.

Sheffield University 'Lord Butler, Chancellor of Sheffield University, met the students, spoke to them, was heckled and answered their questions, during a fairly hectic hour - 25th April 1969

Sheffield University 'Lord Butler, Chancellor of Sheffield University, met the students, spoke to them, was heckled and answered their questions, during a fairly hectic hour - 25th April 1969

Were you there? What was it all about and why was the chancellor heckled?

On the lighter side and a few years earlier are pictured two very studious looking young female students at Sheffield University settling in at Halifax hall of residence in March 1963.

Do you know who these young women are and what they did with their lives?

Write in and let us know.

A very serious and committed-looking physics department technician, 19-year-old Paul Tomlinson, works on a rocket nose-cone identical to the one sent up from Australia on August 15, 1962 – which contained instruments and aerials fitted at Sheffield University.

The rocket, a Skylark, was sent up 75 miles from the Woomera Range but do we know where Paul is now?

A little nearer today we found snaps of a Sheffield University team of students preparing to go and explore the tropical rainforests in the Philippines back in 1989.

And finally something completely different... a group of arty and musical Sheffield University students pictured on their piano-playing marathon in the Cathedral forecourt to publicise their arts festival in June 1969.

But where are they now and are they still playing?

If you know the answers to that or any of the above questions let us know with an email to letters@thestar.co.uk