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The 2019 Awards

The annual Academic Awards, run in partnership between the Students' Union and University, celebrates those who have enhanced education and community life at the University of Sheffield. It is a chance for students and university staff to reflect on the amazing work done by individuals, departments and the institution as a whole. The awards are open to staff and students to nominate anyone who in their own way has improved your educational experience at Sheffield this year.

We want to especially celebrate the hard work of staff and students who strive to make our University an inclusive learning environment and would welcome this to be reflected within your nominations.
 

 

Nominations process, Categories & Criteria

There are 13 awards in total. Students and staff nominated for as many categories as they choose or could nominate different individuals for the same award. Nominations closed at midnight, Sunday 24th March.

Our shortlisted nominees

Congratulations to all of those that were shortlisted for an Academic Award this year! We had a total of 546 nominations across all categories this year, so there was incredibly tough competition for all of the awards. You can see who was shortlisted for each award below:

Outstanding Assessment and Feedback

A staff member whose assessment on a module was challenging, fair and helped in developing student understanding of the programme. Alongside this, the feedback provided was constructive, detailed and timely, enabling improvements on student work.

Best Postgraduate Research Student who Teaches

A postgraduate research student (PGR) who provides outstanding teaching alongside their PhD.

Excellence in Supporting Student Academic Development

A staff member who has actively facilitated and supported academic skills development for a student or students. In other words their work has helped students improve on their programme for future modules and assessments. This could be by consistently embedding academic skills development within the curriculum or developing unique approaches to improve skills development in meetings or workshops.

Best Postgraduate Supervisor

A staff member who provides exceptional support for postgraduate students, in both their academic and personal life.

Innovation in Learning and Teaching

A staff member who has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their learning and teaching. This could be by having successfully trialled a new way of delivering classes, including students within the development of their programme or adapting best practice to suit their context. This award celebrates those developing new and exciting ideas within academia.

Most Supportive Non-Academic Staff Member

A non-academic staff member whose work has actively supported students through their university journey, for their wellbeing or academic studies.

Best Personal Tutor

A staff member who uses a holistic approach to supporting their students in their academic and personal life, encouraging students to succeed and providing sound advice.

Student Futures Award

A staff member who has gone beyond their role to create opportunities for students to develop or reflect on academic or extra-curricular experiences. Or who motivates and develops other staff to support students futures by providing relevant advice and guidance. These individuals will have helped either directly or indirectly, students consider the next steps in their lives. Be this for their upcoming academic year or beyond graduation.

Outstanding Contribution to student wellbeing

A staff member, team of staff or an individual student or society who through events, campaigns or specific initiatives has enhanced student well-being at the University.

Best Academic Representative

An Academic Rep or Faculty Rep who has excelled in representing their cohort by seeking the views of their peers and attending and contributing to student staff committee meetings (SSCs) or equivalent at Faculty Level to improve the academic lives of the students they represent.

Best Student Staff Committee (SSC)

A student staff committee (SSC) made up of both academic reps and staff, who have worked together to improve the lives of the students within their department or faculty.

Outstanding Learning and Teaching

A staff member who excels in teaching through providing engaging, innovative and informed lectures, tutorials or seminars. This award will be selected by the panel from the shortlisted nominees within the "Learning and Teaching" category.

Outstanding Student Contribution

A student who has gone above and beyond for their fellow students to improve their education. This could be by championing causes within their department or who has taken a leading role within the department or wider student community to make positive change at Sheffield.

Outstanding Assessment and Feedback

Tim Herrick (Education)
Kristine Horner (Languages and Cultures)
Dan Jary (Architecture)
Hannah Jordan (ScHARR)

Best Postgraduate Research Student who Teaches

Sarah Muller (Languages and Cultures)
Jenna Spencer-Briggs (Chemistry)
Christina Vanhinsbergh (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Cath Heath (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)

Excellence in Supporting Student Academic Development

David Edwards (Animal Plant Sciences)
Peter Mylon (Multidisciplinary Engineering Education)
Robert Wapshott (Management School)
Mick Ashman (Nursing & Midwifery)

Best Postgraduate Supervisor

Joes Luis Curiel-Sosa (Mechanical Engineering)
Jim Thomas (Chemistry)
Sabine Little (Education)
Aki Tsuchiya (ScHARR)

Innovation in Learning and Teaching

Emma Bingham (Clinical School of Dentistry)
Neil Bermel (Languages and Cultures)
Rebecca Barnes (Molecular Biology and Biotechnology)
Joshua Forstenzer (Philosophy)

Most Supportive Non-Academic Staff Member

Nicola Black (Politics)
Rebecca Freeman (History)
Ryan Jones (Multidisciplinary Engineering Education)
Emma Tudhope (The English Language Teaching Centre)

Best Personal Tutor

David Hayes (Law)
Matthew Malek (Physics)
Mohammad Zandi (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Sandra Zijlstra-Shaw (Clinical School of Dentistry)

Student Futures Award

Chris Webb (English Language Teaching Centre)
Ceri Batchelder (Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy)
Hugo Dobson (East Asian Studies)
Joshua Forstenzer (Philosophy)

Outstanding Contribution to student wellbeing

Emotionally Demanding Research Network
Nightline
Wellbeing Cafe
Tom McGrath

Best Academic Representative

Morgan McArthur (Languages and Cultures)
Georgia Englezov (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Arman Gharlegi (Chemical and Biological Engineering)
Akshay Kumar (Medical School)

Best Student Staff Committee (SSC)

School of Languages and Cultures Student Staff Committee
Economics Student Staff Committee
Biomedical Science Student Staff Committee
MDH Postgraduate Research Student Society SSC

Outstanding Learning and Teaching

This award is decided by the shortlisting panel and announced on the evening of the Academic Awards.

Outstanding Student Contribution

Alex Osborne (Medical School)
Emily Doyland (Geography)
Aunam Quyoum, Steph Powell, Rhiannon Denby, Olivia Smith, Ben Bassnett and Rachel Taylor (WPREU)

How are the Awards Decided

Once the nominations have closed our shortlisting panel will access each submission against the relevant award criteria. From there a score will be allocated to the nomination from 0 (does not meet criteria of the award) to 3 (goes above and beyond the criteria of the award). The panel will then create a shortlist of 3 nominees per award. This process will be completed by Friday 29th March. 

The panel is comprised of the following individuals: 

●    Anna Crump Raiswell (SU Education Officer)
●    Katharine Swindells (SU Welfare Officer)
●    Professor Brendan Stone (University Deputy Vice-President for Education)
●    Dr Asha Akram (Department of Psychology)
 

Was I nominated for an Academic Award this year?

Due to capacity within the Students' Union, we have only contacted successfully shortlisted nominees at this stage. Those of you who were nominated but not shortlisted will be informed in late May about your nomination and which award you were nominated for. We apologise for the delay in providing this information.

 

The Celebration Event

The Awards celebration will be on Wednesday 15th May. The event will include drinks, speakers and entertainment, as well as the awards themselves. We aim to make this event as accessible as possible for guests.

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