Student entrepreneur celebrates national award success


A budding young entrepreneur and SHU student who set up his own IT company at the age of 15 has won a national business award.

Harvey Morton, aged 20, from Woodseats, Sheffield, was named Young Freelancer of the Year in the IPSE – Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed – competition.

Harvey juggles the demands of running his home-based IT consultancy full time with his studies at Sheffield Business School, where he has just completed the second year of his BA in Business and Enterprise Management.

He said: “It was a complete surprise when they announced that I was the winner. I still feel quite overwhelmed. It’s a national title and I have had a lot of attention since and I’m not really used to anything on that scale. To be recognised nationally is huge, really.”

Harvey won £3,000 prize money, champagne and a year’s membership of IPSE, which entitles him to free business support.

His firm Harvey Morton IT support ( offers a range of services including social media management, web design, app development and media production.

Harvey, who was nominated for the prize by Sheffield Hallam University’s Enterprise team,  is no stranger to award success.

At the age of 15, he set up an on-call IT support firm and later won enterprise prizes while still at school studying for his GCSEs. The firm has grown into a digital marketing agency with clients all around the UK, including The Cutler’s Company, Alton Towers and The Princes Trust.

Harvey said he had no plans to go to university but received help from business experts in Sheffield Hallam’s Enterprise team and after meeting other students decided to take the plunge. He said: “One of the reasons I was attracted to Sheffield Hallam was because I met people studying on the business courses at SHU and I could see how much they enjoyed it. Before that, I had never thought of going to university.”

“I have learnt so many skills which have helped me to run my business – financial management, HR, how to write a proper business plan, customer service skills, and a lot of the theory has helped with the practical element of running my business,” he said.

“The support I’ve received from the Enterprise Team has been outstanding.

“I feel privileged to have been able to access an amazing team of mentors who have given me valuable advice and have helped me to grow my business alongside my studies at Hallam.

“It’s been great to meet so many like-minded people at the university who are also self-employed. To anyone who is thinking of setting up a business whilst at Hallam, do it! The Enterprise Team will support you along the way and it’s a great way to make new friends.”

Caroline Nouvellon enterprise manager at SHU, said: “It has been an absolute privilege to support Harvey in his business venture over the past couple of years. He encapsulates the extraordinary entrepreneurial flair and mindset of many Hallam students and graduates and has been a wonderful ambassador for the Enterprise Team.

“He is a thoroughly deserving recipient of the ISPSE Young Freelancers of the Year Award and we look forward to working with him in the future to ensure the long-term sustainability of his business within the Sheffield City Region.”

Digital Ambassador wins national student employee of the year award


Ellie Wright, aged 21, can now add winner of the Student Employee Of The Year (SEOTY) award to her growing list of achievements.

The recent English Language graduate was honoured on Thursday evening at a conference in Cardiff, for going above and beyond whilst working part-time for the university’s marketing department.

Ellie, who worked primarily as a digital student ambassador was nominated for the national award for her strong work ethic and her ability to connect online with prospective students about the merits of studying at Sheffield Hallam.

“Ellie has a natural way of illustrating her student life without coming across as a cliché or being over enthusiastic. She is honest, open and authentic. She was always enthusiastic about helping us and very willing to share every ounce of her story,” said Laura Lightfinch, senior marketing officer at SHU, who nominated Ellie for the award.

Each year, university employers are given the opportunity to nominate exceptional student workers who combine study with paid part-time work for the National Association of Student Employment services’ SEOTY Award. The national competition has surged in popularity since its inception in 1998.

This year, Ellie stood-out, despite the roughly 700 nominations that were submitted from over 30 Higher Education Institutions across the country. Ellie competed against all the winners within the North East region (which includes Universities across Yorkshire and the North East) and was chosen as a regional winner. She was then invited to join all the other regional winners, at the national awards ceremony last night in Cardiff where she won the overall competition.

“I was so excited to win the award because so many other deserving students had been nominated too. Working with Sheffield Hallam has been the best opportunity I’ve taken at university and winning this award really highlights how much I’ve been able to do and learn whilst working and studying,” she said.

Ellie, who was already an advocate for the university says the opportunity gave her more confidence to share her insights about ‘The Hallam Experience’ as well as strengthening her marketing skills and knowledge.

“I’m really grateful to have been awarded this achievement to end my time at uni in such a positive way,” she added.

A second Hallam student Leyana Akbani, who is studying at Sheffield Business School, was also a winner at both the regional and national SEOTY 2018 awards. At the conference in Cardiff, Leyana was award the national Highly Commended Commercial Impact Award.

Recognition and relationships


Post by James Beighton, Employer Partnerships Officer (Student Employment) at Sheffield Hallam University

There’s an age-old saying “Self-praise is no recommendation.” Proverbs have to start somewhere so at some point, somebody must’ve been willing to shout about their success and it must’ve meant something to someone.

Last week we crowned institutional winners of The Sheffield Hallam University Student Employee of The Year Awards (SEOTY). The Awards themselves are the largest of their kind in the UK and recognise students who successfully combine part-time work with study. 81 of our students were put forward as nominees by their Manager for going above and beyond their job duties, showing leadership or having a commercial impact on a local or national business.

Sheffield once again sits at the top of the table for student employment with the city’s two Universities finishing 2nd and 3rd in the overall nominations table for 2018.

What does this mean for our students? For some, I dare say most, a job fits one purpose, an income alongside study. This year, more than any other, our students are starting to reflect on the skills they are taking from employment. We’ve heard about the competitive job market, being work ready as a graduate, being tech-savvy and digitally orientated. What is refreshing is the way that all our winners reflected on their achievements in their victory speech, with confidence and humility. Soft skills will take you far.

The labour market is increasingly consumer driven. The 2018 employer is open to those with portfolio careers and it’s accepted that stand out workers will likely have exposure to different sectors, jobs and skill sets. Yorkshire’s rich list was released by The Times Newspaper last week and emphasised the trend that fortune is increasingly self-made. The rise to wealth of those setting up their own business or believing in an idea is stark. Proof, if ever it was needed, that graduates will go far with belief and resilience, two distinguishing factors amongst those who work part-time and those who work part-time with distinction.

It is possible to have an impact working as little as 8 to 10 hours per week. Looking at this year’s SEOTY nominations, our students are proving to be a driving force behind some of the bigger issues facing the Higher Education Sector. Our Commercial Impact Award winner won her award for bringing an estimated £1 million of new business to a company specialising in mental health and wellbeing. The winner of the Above and Beyond Award is a true ambassador, promoting the value of getting into further education amongst school children through sports coaching in the community. The ability of our students to apply themselves through part-time work and champion their own experience of higher education is admirable.

Work experience is as much a part of an education as learning a system or reading a textbook. It allows students to build relationships on a professional level and the confidence gained from seeing the reward in working is markable. Our students have to work, it’s no longer a desirable.

On campus, our student casual payroll paid 402 individual students last month. Between them, these students worked over 4000 hours in paid part-time work, working for teams on campus at Sheffield Hallam University. The demand for work is on the increase and through initiatives like SEOTY, the importance of a successful working partnership between students and employers is becoming ever more prominent.

The 2017 national SEOTY winner is a Sheffield Hallam student. At the time, 1st year Law student Nabeela stood out as a clear winner for her work with young people as part of The National Citizen Service (NCS) programme. Students are leading by example and working as advocates for the importance of getting out there and doing something meaningful. They may not identify it at the outset but they are resilient in a time where it’s easy to become insular in an uncertain political and financial labour market. Nabeela featured via video at our awards evening and summed up exactly what a SEOTY Award can do for the confidence of a student, “When I went to interviews I was able to say, I’m student employee of the year, hire me!”. A stand out example that work experience at any level of study is valuable both to the individual and a business.

The SEOTY Awards are now at a regional stage where winners from institutional awards will compete across the country to be named as National Student Employee of The Year 2018.

Winners will be announced at The National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) Conference in July. For more information, head to

If you’re a student, look at the hundreds of part-time on campus and off campus job roles advertised on UniHub. You could be the next SEOTY Awards winner!

If you’re an employer, you can benefit from flexible, casual workers and advertise for FREE today.


National success for Sheffield Hallam Students at the Student Employee of the Year Awards 2014

After having their outstanding contributions recognised at region level for the Student Employee of the Year Awards, two Sheffield Hallam University students have gone on to have their achievements recognised at national level.

The National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) recently held their annual conference and awards dinner at Brunel University, London.

The NASES event is designed to recognise and promote the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who combine the balance between employment and study.

English student, Jessica Dodds was announced as a national winner in the ‘Off Campus Above and Beyond category’ for her work at marketing and training consultants Keep Your Fork. Jessica was presented with a certificate and received a cash prize of £100.

Jessica said: “I am so proud and thankful for the award and it’s fantastic that awards like this exist to recognise some of the amazing and inspiring work ethic of students today.

Jessica Dodds receiving her certificate with Faye Smith, Director of Keep Your Fork.

Business Economics student, Ben Plimley was awarded a Highly Commended ‘Off Campus Step Up to Leadership’ award at national level for his work at BSKYB. Ben was highly praised by his manager for achieving results expected from a permanent member of staff in a managerial position.

Castor Merino Perez was also awarded the ‘Highly Commended award’ at regional level for his work as Student Ambassador in the Careers and Employment Centre at Sheffield Hallam University.

Sheffield Wednesday FC were regional winners for the ‘Student Employer of the Year.’ They were nominated by Computing Forensic and Security Technologies student, Joshua Wright, who said without the experience he gained with Sheffield Wednesday he would not have achieved the grades he did in his course.

Student Employer Co-ordinator, Victoria Bacon was named as ‘best newcomer’ to NASES.

The event, which ran on the 8-9th July, was a great opportunity for students to make new connections and discuss employability with other like-minded students and winners.

Sheffield Hallam University would like to give a big congratulations to all the award winners for their hard-work and dedication.

2014 Student Employee of the Year Awards (SEOTY)

by Victoria Bacon, Student Employment Co-ordinator

As part of the national Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) awards, the Sheffield Hallam prestigious awards evening took place here on 1 May. Our students, staff and external employers met to celebrate the achievements of our students who work whilst studying.

The SEOTY Awards have been run by the National Association of Student Employment Services (NASES) since 2002 and have grown year on year.

This year has been very successful for our students.  We received a massive 96 nominations and Sheffield Hallam was the top university in the North East and second nationally.

The awards went to:

Off Campus Student Employee of the Year – Above and Beyond

Winner: Jessica Dodds (BA English, final year student) for her work as Marketing Assistant at Keep York Fork, a marketing and training consultancy.

Faye Smith, Director of Keep Your Fork, said: “Jessica has been trusted to work directly with my clients where she is calm, professional and organised.With Jessica’s support we have been able to take on a greater number of retainer clients, generating great increase in business turnover.  I do not think my business would be running today, if it was not for the support, tenacity, courage and professionalism of this young woman.”

Read more on Jessica’s time at Keep Your Fork.

Jessica Dodds

Highly Commended: Charlotte Richardson (BSc Geography, final year)

Off Campus Student Employee of the Year – Step Up to Leadership

Winner:  Ben Plimey (BA Business Economics, final year) for his work as a Customer Experience Advisor for BSKYB.

Shelley Bayne, Customer Experience Manager at BSKYB, said: “Ben was asked to take control of a brand new team entering the department, initially on a short term basis. Ben stepped up and operated as a manager on a full time basis for a period of around 20 weeks. He achieved results that we would expect from a permanent member of staff in a management position; this was exceptional.”

Read more on Ben’s time at BSKYB

Highly Commended:  Helen Ullyatt (BSc Psychology, first year)

Helen Ullyatt

Jobshop Student Employee of the Year  

Winner: Castor Merino Perez ( MSc Logistics and Supply Chain Management, final year) for his work as Student Ambassador in the Careers and Employability Centre.

The Sheffield Hallam University Careers and Employability team said: “Castor is a complete asset to the Careers and Employment service and has undertaken the role of ambassador for the service to a high level; way above the standard that we expected.”

“Being able to have someone like Castor who can be relied upon to give excellent service has meant that we can ensure a professional service can be maintained, even when SHU staff are not in attendance. He will be a great loss to the Careers and Employment Service when he leaves the university this year.”

Castor Merino Perez

Read more on Castors time at the Careers and Employability Centre.

Highly commended:  Vicky Appleton (BA Graphic Design, final year)

Vicky Appleton

On Campus Student Employee of the Year – Above and Beyond

Winner: Akram Abdulqader (BA Business and Financial Management, second year) for his work as Student Ambassador for the Events Team.

Elena Portaluri, who is part of the Events Team at Sheffield Hallam, said “Being able to rely on someone like Akram for extra assistance like this at events is something that goes above and beyond the responsibilities of a Student Ambassador.”

“Not only can I rely on him for extra support, I can rely on him to get the job done correctly. It makes my job a whole lot easier knowing that I have got an ambassador like Akram who I know will turn up to every event; not only to perform his role as a student ambassador as well as he does, but to also support and assist other staff members.”

Akram Abdulqader

Highly commended: Natalie Coaten (BA Business and Enterprise Management, final year)

Natalie Coaten

On Campus Student Employee of the Year – Step Up to Leadership

Winner: Melissa Timmins (BA Public Relations, final year) for her work as Student Assistant – Social Media in Student Learning Services.

Brian Irwin, Head of Technology Enhanced Learning at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “When leading a workshop for 20 of our staff, Melissa did background research into what the good principles of social media were. She designed discussion activities for the group, something she had not done before and delivered a very good presentation in addition to facilitating the activities.”

“The feedback from the workshop has been very positive, with one participant describing it as one of the best workshops she had attended in her years at Sheffield Hallam.”

Read more on Melissa’s time at Sheffield Hallam University.

Melissa Timmins

Student Employee of the YearCommercial Impact

Winner: Liga Apsite (BSc Environmental Management, final year) for her work as Student Assistant at Rotary Engineering UK Limited.

Robert Fennell, Managing Director at Rotary Engineering UK Limited, said: “Liga came to us with excellent credentials and still exceeded our expectations. Her ability to cut through the mass of information and work out exactly what needed to be done was impressive and we would have made little or no progress without her input.”  

“Throughout the project she kept the team up to date on progress and we learned a lot from Liga which will stand us in good stead for achieving the ISO14001 Standard.”

Read more on Liga’s time at Rotary Engineering UK Limited.

Student Employer of the Year Off Campus

Winner: Richard Ford – Sheffield Wednesday Football Club

Josh Wright, studying BSc Computing Forensic and Security Technologies, said: “ Without Richard mentoring me throughout university and at the beginning of my career, I feel that I wouldn’t have achieved the grades I am currently getting as the majority of my university work has been based upon my ‘real world’ experiences at Sheffield Wednesday FC.”

“Working at Sheffield Wednesday FC has given me an extremely varied overview of IT as football clubs have a multitude of operational areas. This varied experience will be very useful for future employers and the amount of responsibility that has been given to me will allow me to have a high level of confidence when starting my new job.”

Read more on Richard’s impact off campus.

Richard Ford

Student Employer of the Year On Campus

Winner: The Outreach Team – Belle Fletcher / Rachel White / Rachel Oliver / Jen Williams / Katie Fowles

Student Mark Pattison (BSc Biology) said: “Through working with the Outreach and UK Recruitment Team, especially these five schools and colleges liaison officers, I have developed into a confident, outgoing professional person, learning skills that have helped me throughout the course of my degree studies and shall no doubt help me in my future career.

“These staff act as role models to current students, future graduates and potential students on a daily basis and are a beacon of employability, showcasing the best that higher education has to offer and raising the aspirations of thousands of young adults in the process. Through working for these officers, I and many other ambassadors have learnt a vast amount in a short amount of time; transforming us from shy students to confident adults in the space of just a few months.”

Outreach Team

All our winners will be put forward for the regional phase of the competition. Regional winners are then considered for a national award and national winners will be announced at the NASES conference in July.  We hope to have a National winner from Sheffield Hallam for 2014

Contact us:

If you want to hear more about Student Employment within the University or would like to advertise a role to students, please contact the Student Employment Team on 0114 225 3940 or email: Tweet us @SHUStudentJobs


Student Employee of the year (SEOTY) – call for nominations

by Victoria Bacon, Student Employment Co-ordinator

Holly Ormrod-Stebbings, last year’s winner for On Campus Student Employee of the Year.

Each year our Careers and Employment team take part in the national search for Student Employee of the Year. The first stages involve us hosting our own search which culminates in a prestigious awards night, and then our winners go on to the national level. This nomination is a great addition to a student’s CV and there are also prizes to be won.

We’re looking for employers to nominate students who

  • currently combine full time study with part time work?
  • were employed on a part time basis at any point between 12 April 2013 and 17 April 2014?

and if you’re a student who meets these criteria then your employer could nominate you to be the next Student Employee of the Year!  All the categories this year are new – and there is an on campus and off campus award for each of the three categories:

  • Step up to Leadership- for students who have demonstrated their ability to lead teams or projects
  • Commercial Awareness – for those students who have made a big commercial impact, maybe improving profits or coming up with an enterprising new idea
  • Above & Beyond Award – for anyone who goes beyond their job description to be the best they can be at what they do

In addition to those, there is also a Job Shop/Student Temp Excellence award (on campus only) for students working as temps or administrators for as Student Employment service.

How do the nominations work?

The nomination forms are judged initially at Sheffield Hallam University. Here is the link to nominate and for more information about the awards:

Students need to ask their employer to nominate them. Note to employers – if they worked outside the University select the “Off Campus” category or if On Campus they should select the “On Campus” category when nominating.

When is the closing date?

The closing date for nominations is 17th April.

When is the prize-giving awards ceremony?

We will be holding an awards event on the Thursday 1st May and rewarding winners in all categories.

What happens after that for the nationals?

Nominations will then be forwarded to the Regional and National competitions, with even more prizes to be won.

Is there a prize for Employers?

Students – You can also nominate your employer for the Student Employer of the Year Award (this would mean free publicity for their organisation and may encourage them to nominate you!)

We want as many nominations as possible to celebrate your contributions to part time working and the skills you’ve developed through this.

Here’s a write up of last year’s event at Sheffield Hallam:

Need help? If you need any help in compiling a nomination for your employer, come to the Careers Centre and we can help you with this, just log on to a PC and ask.

And how about an extra £30? In addition to the awards, the Careers and Employment team are also offering students the chance to win a prize of £30 by completing this very short survey (by 10th March).  The student just needs to complete this on-line form and all those who fill in the form will be put into a prize draw for £30.

For careers advice, call into the Careers and Employability Centre, Howard Street, City Campus / 0114 225 3752

Follow us on twitter: @SHU_CampusJobs / @SHU_GradJobs
Like us on facebook: SHU Careers and Employment Service


RBS ESSA- Sheffield Hallam University has fifth most enterprising students in the UK

This year Sheffield Hallam Student’s Union has been working hard to encourage its societies to become more enterprising. Using the RBS Enterprising Student Society Accreditation as a benchmark, 10 Hallam Union societies have become accredited by the scheme since October 2012 and we have encouraged and supported them to achieve the accreditation via building their membership, increasing their enterprising abilities and raising their regional profile.

Find Invest Grow and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group think that enterprising student societies should be recognised for their efforts. As such, the RBS ESSA is a national scheme which proactively rewards and recognises student societies and the teams of students behind them. The RBS ESSA certification is the official stamp of achievement.

With the launch of the RBS Enterprising Students Ranking table, Sheffield Hallam University has been ranked fifth in the country. A university amasses ranking points based on the number of societies receiving RBS ESSA accreditation, as well as entries to the Bronze, Silver and Gold categories of the RBS ESSA Awards. Circus Hallam, our circus skills society are currently working on their entry for a Gold award and we look forward to hearing the result later this year.

See our list of Societies on the Hallam Union pages.

Find out more about RBS ESSA here.

Social Enterprise Unleashed

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) was recently named as a HE social entrepreneurship partner by UnLtd and HEFCE as part of their HE Support initiative. During the last few months SHU and its Student’s Union have been working on establishing a social entrepreneurship culture which will allow their staff and students to start up social ventures and create social change.

So far the awards have gained a great deal of attention in Sheffield and have sparked new conversation around social innovation. Sheffield Hallam University are being looked at as one of the leading HEIs involved in the programme and have already awarded 13 projects with grant funding, with more to be issued in the summer.

With support from academics working in Social Enterprise, SHU and the Students Union have been able to run specialist workshop days enabling applicants to gain one to one advice on writing bids and starting their own social ventures.

Sheila Quairney, Business and Enterprise Manager at the Research and Innovation Office commented, “We’ve been delighted with the dramatic increase in interest in social enterprise across the University since we launched the UnLtd programe.  The partnership between the University and the Student’s Union has been key to achieving this and has worked extremely well. The programme has also attracted the attention of senior staff who value the impact that it is having on the student experience”.

The collaboration between SHU and it’s Student’s Union has led to a great start to the HE Support initiative. With over 50 applications already, the SHU & Students Union partnership expects to create further developments in the ever growing student led social enterprise landscape.

You can follow the Union, the Research and Innovation Office and Sheffield Hallam University on Twitter 

To find out more look on the Hallam Union website.