Global Partner Awards 2023

Sino-British College – Shanghai, China

Jiahong Chen – Inspirational Individual Award

Shiqi Zhou – Inspirational Individual Award

Haoyu Ma – Inspirational Individual Award

School of Continuing and Professional Education – Hong Kong (SCOPE)

Nikkie Stables – Student Voice Award & Course Community Development Award

William Ng – Course Community Development Award

Gary Tang – Course Community Development Award

School for Higher and Professional Education – Hong Kong (SHAPE)

Li Sin Man, Alman – Inspirational Individual Award

Sin Chi Kwan – Student Voice Award

Chen Jing – Student Voice Award

Botswana Accountancy College

Martinus Seboni – Inspirational Individual Award

Munich Business School

Roopal HR – Inspirational Individual Award

Oluwaseun Ayobami Sokunbi

Inspirational Individual Award
Awarded for achievements and inspiring others by overcoming adversity.

College of Social Sciences and Arts
MSc Public Health

Oluwaseun Ayobami Sokunbi was nominated for the Inspirational Individual Award 2023. They were chosen as a finalist, and their nominated was put forward for voting. Oluwaseun came out on top in their votes and were contacted inform them they had won an Inspirational Student Award 2023. Unfortunately, Oluwaseun passed away before they were able to receive their award. We were honoured that their family were able to attend the evening on Oluwaseun’s behalf. You can read their story below.

What they did: 

“This student enrolled on the course in January 2021, arriving here to study from Nigeria as an International student, with no family or friends to support them here. That in itself can be a challenge and something to be admired!  

Sadly, later in the academic year, she became seriously ill and was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. 

She has spent much time undergoing treatment in Weston Park hospital and receiving support from St Luke’s. However, despite this and her health continuing to deteriorate, she has continued to engage with her course and assessments to a high standard. 

Even in periods of very poor health and financial difficulties that have arisen as a result of being unable to work due to her health, whenever I met with her, she has had the biggest smile!  

She has been able to submit her Dissertation in January 2023 and will now be able to graduate as she had set out to do.” 

What was the impact? 

“The student has engaged wherever possible with the support options put in place for them. 

They have always remained in good spirits and has a positive attitude and dedication to their studies that is truly inspirational.” 

How it inspired others: 

“To see their smile, dedication, and determination throughout their journey with us, should most definitely inspire others. This student definitely has inspired me and made me realise even more than I ever have, how lucky I am to be helping to support students achieve.  

Sadly, we are unsure whether they will be able to attend Graduation due to their health and so I would really love for them to receive this award as a token of my appreciation of them being one of my students!  

This student has been an absolute pleasure to support and I wish them the very very best.” 

Joseph-Dietrich Breckwoldt

Inspirational Individual Award
Awarded for achievements and inspiring others by overcoming adversity.

College of Social Sciences and Arts 
BA Hon History

Joseph-Dietrich Breckwoldt has been awarded the Inspirational Individual Award posthumously following his passing. We were honoured that his family was in attendance at the awards dinner to receive the award. You can read Joseph’s story below.

What they did: 

“The student tragically and unexpectedly passed away while on a study abroad exchange at Charles University, Prague. When their death became known, we received a flood of stories about their time as an exchange student, and indeed as a prospective exchange student the semester before leaving for Prague, which made very apparent the way the student had thrown themselves into the international experience. The student had very clearly fulfilled what we ask of our outgoing exchange students, to be an ambassador for Sheffield Hallam University.  

 Before leaving, the student was in Hallam accommodation with many of our incoming exchange students. At that time, the student made many friendships among the community of international students studying with us. The student helped these students integrate with the SHU community, and maintained these friendships as they went to Prague. Indeed, the student was picked up at Prague airport by a Czech friend they had made in Sheffield.  

While abroad, the student took part in many of the Erasmus events open to exchange students. While on one of these trips, they met the daughter of one of our History academics, herself an Erasmus student (from a different university), who told her mother that our student had been full of enthusiasm and gratitude for the many opportunities the exchange was giving them, and that they were making the most of every chance offered. Their full involvement in and excitement at their new experiences was truly inspirational, we were told. 

 When the student passed away, Charles University in Prague created a tribute to our student that was placed in the department in which their studies had been based. Over a vase of flowers, a notice talked about how our student had fallen in love not only with the city of Prague, but also the Department of Education, where they had made many friends and attended lectures with great interest. We, and their parents, then heard from their many international friends, about how our student had thrown themselves into the exchange experience, socially, academically, experientially. The students’ parents told me that they had absolutely flourished as a result of becoming an exchange student (both in Sheffield before leaving and whilst abroad), and the impact of this could be seen in the many, many international students our student befriended, and who learned of Sheffield, and Sheffield Hallam, through them. I was in contact with the former exchange student who had collected our student from the airport, as he had been an incoming exchange student in our department at SHU, who told me many of these same things. Many of these friends attended our student’s funeral remotely, making clear the international range and degree of their impact on others. We in our department are incredibly proud of this student; they represented us in the best possible way.” 

 What was the impact? 

“As an exemplary Erasmus/exchange student, they made Sheffield Hallam known abroad in the best possible way, both to the people they came into contact with, and with the university they were part of while away. Our connection with Charles University has become much stronger as a result of their time there: not only via the tragic circumstances of their sudden illness and death, but in the way they conducted themselves as a student in Prague. In my own role, hearing from the student themself while away, from their friends, contacts, Charles University department, and from their family afterwards, has informed how I speak to prospective exchange students about the transformational opportunities studying abroad offers.” 

 How it inspired others: 

“Everyone our student came into contact with while away seems to have been inspired by the way they seized the opportunities exchange offered them. This also now has the potential to inspire our new students to take these opportunities for themselves through the way this student’s embrace of the exchange experience has impressed me and my colleagues, who are now communicating with new SHU students about the exchange programme. Stories of the student’s time abroad made their way back to many different areas of SHU connected to exchange; others, like me, have felt extra impetus in our roles to make this amazing opportunity available to other students, from having heard so much of the fantastic experiences of this student, which were brought to such a tragic, untimely end. The last three months of their life opened up their horizons in ways that are both incredibly inspirational and, in retrospect after his early death, incredibly poignant. The student packed so much into those last weeks as to leave a vivid legacy with those they had encountered”. 

Inspirational Individual Award 2023

Awarded for achievements and inspiring others by overcoming adversity.

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Bilaal Ali
Daisy Flatters
Harja Khan
Krishna Harish
Yasmie Ezzedine

WINNER!

Bilaal AliBA (Hons) Accounting and Finance 

What they did:  

“It’s rare these days to find an individual whose actions trailblaze and open the way for others to come. This nomination is for one such individual. This student suffers from a severe sight disability, yet his hard work, determination and positive attitude overcome their disability and set a positive example for the generations of students to come.  

The student never misses a class, participates in the classroom, asks for extra projects in order to solidify his knowledge and smiles to everyone, even if he can’t see the reaction of his smile on them. The student painstakingly works many hours per day in order to understand the classroom material, syllable by syllable, word by word. He may not be able to fully see diagrams but he does his best and succeeds to understand their essence.  

The student’s actions and hard work set a solid foundation for his career and represent a positive role model in our university and in the society beyond.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“The student has passed the module I teach, with a very high mark. The student has opened the path for more sight disabled students to join our university. Thanks to the nominee, our academics and support services are now more aware of the ways and material that could help students with similar disabilities.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

“The student’s actions and hard work set a solid foundation for his career and represent a positive role model in our university and in the society beyond.”

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalists
Simon Gregson
Gemma Extence
Rory Staunton
Lewis Richardson
Yordanos Tesfamariam Gebrehiwot

WINNER!

Yordanos Tesfamariam Gebrehiwot BSC (Hons) Nursing (Mental Health)

What they did:  

“They are one of the young asylum seekers who had to flee their home with their daughter and found sanctuary in the UK. All alone in a new country, without the love and support of their family, this inspiring individual had to try and rebuild their life. While their case was pending during the lengthy immigration process, they were not allowed to work and Student Finance England denied their student loan. Although going to university was a faraway dream, they did not give up. They received a Sanctuary Scholarship and is now studying the stimulating and challenging course, Mental Health Nursing. This student embodies remarkable strength, resilience, and commitment to their ambition. They are passionate, caring and kind. They work incredibly hard to transform the lives of individuals and communities. Their dedication to their course and practice-based learning environments is inspiring.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“They have overcome so much adversity. They are compassionate and want to make sure that they continue to support others. Their ambition is to pursue a master’s and Ph.D. to become a psychiatrist and open a rehabilitation centre, to help young people aged 13-26, who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, and sexually exploited. They are so willing to support the Development and Alumni Relations Office so that more students can receive donor-funded scholarships. Their story was one of the key stories that were shared with prospective donors during the 2022 Hallam Fund Telephone Campaign. This student has also attended donor events and shared their story with alumni, staff and donors inspiring them to continue supporting scholarship programmes so that more students going through adversity can get the opportunity to pursue a brighter future.” 

 

How did it inspired others:  

“Their story, their ambition, their positive outlook, and their willingness to always support others and make a transformation difference have inspired supporters of Sheffield Hallam University to continue donating to programmes like the Sanctuary Scholarship. The student has opened doors for more individuals who are going through similar difficulties to benefit from this support.”

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalists
Oluwaseun Ayobami Sokunbi
AJ Huntington
Samantha Cleasby
Elliot Norris
Georgia Hanson

The winner in this category sadly passed away before they were able to receive their award. Please visit Oluwaseun Ayobami Sokunbi’s page to read their story.

Academic Society Leader Award 2023

Awarded for demonstrating Outstanding leadership in their role within an academic society. 

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Ellie Cunningham
Joanne Andrew
Lucy Fenwick
Ollie Mitchell
Tom Robertson

WINNER!

Tom RobertsonBA (Hons) Business and Enterprise Management

What they did:  

“Recognising the need to bring people together during COVID, The Student used their Presidency a Society to reduce the isolation and loneliness people by hosting society events including: a ‘Women in Business’ talk and Q&A giving students access to Debbie Harrison OBE, Managing Director of PricecheckUK, a Sheffield Based Business with a multi-million pound turnover. Over 20 students took advantage of this to network with Debbie and other students resulting in an increased sense of SHU community and applied enrichment activity.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“One student later presented on the profound impact that the Women in Business talk had on them. The Student also organised a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style competition with £50 prize money for the best idea, bringing together 10 student ideas presenting to an audience of 15, increasing both their confidence and socialisation opportunities during the ‘living with COVID’ period. Moreover, the long-term impact of The Student’s Presidency is a legacy for the current Society committee to grow the Enterprise Society further, supported by The Student and their network resulting in several Society events with guest speakers, student speakers and field trips! 

 

Attending a placement has developed The Student personally and professionally. They frequently speak formally and informally with level 4 and level 5 students about how they were apprehensive about placement and how it helped them develop their communication skills, apply academic learning in a real-world setting and learn ‘on the job’ working with colleagues and trading globally. The Student generated over £15,000 in new business for the company at a single trade show, £285,000 in new business and nurtured new accounts into successful and prosperous clients. So successful was the student that the company nominated them for ‘Placement of The year’ and has them offered them a place on their International Account Manager Graduate Scheme. Not content with personal growth, The Student continually offers to speak with level 4 & 5 students about the benefits of placement, to encourage participation and the profound impact it had on their personal, professional and academic growth.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

“Through their enthusiasm and commitment to developing themselves and others, The Student has inspired students to lead and participate in the Enterprise Society; engage with placement even if they had reservations. Students have thrived as a result of interacting with this Student leading to probable improved retention and outcomes.” 

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalists
Doohan Blackburn

WINNER!

Doohan BlackburnBSc (Hons) Biology 

What they did:  

“First generation into university education and they took every opportunity that came along. One of only two to gain a placement and returned to final year ready to make a difference. They became a student rep and ensured that students were supported. As well as fostering an inclusive atmosphere on the course they have taken on the daunting task of organising the end of year ball for all students in the department via BioSoc. They approach tasks, not as an overbearing individual, but as a leader who wants to engage with all and make a team work.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“Students are making better social and academic work groups. I feel supported and informed about upcoming issues. The ball is being organised effectively and there are different tasks for individuals to do so negotiation and delegation is leading to a sustainable society. This student has encouraged and supported others to be involved in activities which have made their lived more joyful.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

“Others, often the more timid, are taking on tasks and being involved in the BioSoc and their course.” 

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalists
Yusuf Nawaz

WINNER!

Yusuf NawazBA (Hons) Education with autism, disability and special educational needs 

What they did: 

“This student set up a brand-new society which focuses on teaching students British Sign Language.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“They have over 120 students signed up with around 70 students attending the sessions regularly.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“The society is helping to break down barriers that deaf and hard of hearing students will face throughout their lives, by giving other students the opportunity to learn British Sign Language.” 

Academic Society of the Year Award 2023

Awarded for outstanding achievement, and/or impact by an Academic Society. Note: for Social Societies, an awards scheme will be run by Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union.

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Business and Management Society
Economics Society
Enterprise Society
Food and Nutrition Society (FANS)
HR Network Society

WINNERS!

HR Network Society: 

Amelia Tuxford; Aoife Tough; Rosie Wade; Ellie Cunningham; Jasmine Bishop Bingley; Jeevan Lidhar Kaur; Zara Hohn-Zeo; Paula Ambroze; Joe Mycock; Ella Simpkin; Lauren Lowry; Xiaoqian He 

What they did: 

“2022/23 has been a stellar year for this society! They were pro-active, organising nominations for the committee in the Spring, and extremely enthusiastic. They met early to sketch their vision and plan of action for the year. They refreshed their social media presence, launching an Instagram account and having regular Facebook polls to ensure events were appealing. They organised some fantastic guest speakers and hosted a range of workshops and events aimed to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our student body, as well as students career prospects in an inclusive and diverse environment. Their first event of the year promoted positive mental and physical well-being, titled ‘Paws for a Good Cause, ‘ hosting two charities, Pets as Therapy (PAT) and Dogs for Good. The event, delivered with the help of Loughborough alumni and motivational speaker Izzie Miller, delivered a range of fun team-building activities and hosted our furry friends to help distress, re-charge and re-energise students after induction week. The event was intended to stimulate conversation around mental and physical well-being in education and the workplace, a very important and current topic in the workplace, with some of the committee even taking part in a Level 1 Mental Health First Aid training course ahead of the event in order to gain the skills to start a conversation with individuals who may be struggling and signpost them to professional help.  

 

During the Christmas period, they held a lively Christmas party with a quiz, they networked with new joiners and celebrated the festivities with lovely food. The society also attended a fantastic professional body event at the end of 2022, during which time they were offered the opportunity to take part in this year’s [professional body] South Yorkshire Mentoring Scheme, of which some students are now a part of long-term and will continue to regularly receive personal and professional skills advice and up-to-date professional knowledge from their 1-1 mentor. Their upcoming ‘How to ace an interview’ has also been arranged in collaboration with another academic society and will include two expert guest speakers in career advice and professional practice. At the present time, they are preparing an end of year event dedicated to the students and staff who have supported them throughout the year.” 

 What was the impact? 

“The range of workshops and events aimed to support the physical and mental wellbeing of our student body, as well as students career prospects in an inclusive and diverse environment. Events offered students a platform to network, self-reflect, and support others within the society framework. Through providing opportunities for networking with experts in their profession, they have exposed the student body to a number of empowering platforms where they can learn, progress, and thrive with the help of current industry leaders.” 

 How it inspired others: 

“The number of students preparing to undertake placements has more than doubled, as they have had these valuable chances to network, grow in confidence and professional skills. Students have integrated knowledge from the workshops into assignment work and applications for placements and employment. Already students are enquiring about being part of the committee in 23/24!” 

College of Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences

Finalists
SHOUT – Sheffield Hallam Occupational Therapy Society

WINNERS!

SHOUT – Sheffield Hallam Occupational Therapy Society: 

Lillia Chaffey, Amy Gellion, Hannah Adams, Matthew Thompson, Olivia Batkin, Megan Lloyd, Phoebe White, Oliver Wilson 

What they did: 

“This Society has been newly created under Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union this academic year. They have come together across different cohorts and years of study to create an inclusive and welcoming community that prioritises its members and the direction they want to see the Society grow. They create surveys to gather information on the types of activities their members want to see in order to shape the activities the Committee facilitate. They engage with the relevant staff in the SU to ensure their activities are feasible and continue to deliver high quality events to their members including regular guest speakers and social activities. This Society embody the idea that an Academic Society can be so much more than an extension of a University Course and have created an environment where academic enrichment and social elements work in perfect harmony. The Committee also treat each other with high levels of compassion and the teamwork they demonstrate is exceptional.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“This Society has brought together students from different levels of study and has created an environment where students can bond over their love for their subject of study. It enriches the academic experience through targeted events and consistently grows its sense of community by bringing students together overall having a positive and lasting impact of those students’ experiences at Hallam.” 

 

How did it inspired others:  

“This Society is used as inspiration to other new Academic Societies who are looking to find their own balance of academic enrichment and social activity as an example of a group who have got it worked out and thriving!” 

Apprentice of the Year Award 2023

Awarded for outstanding impact and/or contribution as an Apprentice.

College of Business, Technology, and Engineering

Finalists
George Bicknell
Jack Garside
Nihal Dhillon
Stacie Wilson

WINNER!

Cameron Manderfield – BSc Hon Professional Practice in Food Technology (DA)

What did they do?

“The nominee applied for the role that was advertised on the Government ‘find and apprenticeship’ website, which led to selection days with Premier Foods and were apparently brilliant! The organisation had a lot of applications but the nominee clearly stood out. They chose an apprenticeship because they wanted to contribute to real work in a business while studying. The nominee recognised that an Apprenticeship would enable them to apply learning from university at work, which appealed to them in a way in which the traditional university route and experience did not. They have simply gone from strength to strength and flourished not only in the role of Product Development Apprentice Technologist with Premier in their R&D Department, but as an apprentice and a peer on the course.”

What was the impact?

The nominee has exceeded expectations all round within Premier. Their apprenticeship has enabled them to meet organisational goals by developing them in their role and providing them with a wider range of technical skills and knowledge to complete recipe development and re-development inline with market trends and consumer requirements – cost reduction and salt reduction to help produce healthier products. They are now working with suppliers to investigate clean label alternatives to ingredients used in some long-standing products. They now lead their own projects, on significant brands such as Bisto and Saxa and share their new learning with others to develop their leadership skills and raise the team’s effectiveness.
The nominee is progressing rapidly and is going to be a hard act for the Co-op to replicate when they take on their next apprentice. They have been trusted to lead high profile projects and this is testament to their dedication and hard work.”
How did it inspire others?
“Not only has the nominee got to grips with their role but in the opinion of their employer they are achieving far more after 2 years at aged 20 than some graduates are capable of when they start work. They embrace the work based learning of the apprenticeship and notably, are very keen to share this with peers and potential students – a real role model for apprenticeships as they want to inspire others. They have been an ambassador for apprenticeships and wants to continue to do so in their business, university and with school leavers. Last year, they spoke at an event for prospective apprentices at Hallam. They said “ I am true believer in apprenticeships, so this was a great event to attend as I got to advocate apprenticeships to school students. I discussed my own job role and degree course, and also got the chance to hear from apprentices on different schemes, which was really insightful and showed a full range of opportunities” – maximising their networking opportunities at the same time!”

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalists
Jill Collins
Ellis Porter
Emma Cox
Yuk Yee Chang
Rosemary Cottam
Natalie Cain

WINNER!

Yuk Yee ChangBSc (Hons) Physiotherapy Apprenticeship 

What they did: 

“Supportive of ACP (Advanced Clinical Practitioner) who received a referral for a patient who had very complex needs (Undiagnosed Parkinson’s disease, fungating tumour, refusing hospital admission, deteriorated mobility and transfers). Patient was approaching end of life and was stuck in chair. This apprentice assisted with personal care (which was very difficult due to patient being very stiff and not on any medication for Parkinson’s Disease), rearranged furniture so that a hospital bed can go in the room. Liaised with multi agencies in getting adequate support and bed and mattress even though apprentice’s shift time was over on that day. Apprentice followed up with agencies on realising that the equipment was not delivered on the time specified and ensured these were in place so that patient can sleep on the bed that night. ACP could trust this apprentice to do what need to be done. The service can rely on this apprentice due to the intuitiveness shown.” 

 

What was the impact? 

Patient was able to have a good co-ordinated care during his end of life.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“Apprentice uses own initiative while remaining within own scope of practice in order to provide support to members of the team, patients and family.” 

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalists
Robert Fothergill
Richard Cousins
Chloe Dughan
Reymar Robinson
Chris Wood

WINNER!

Christopher WoodBSc (Hons) Packaging Professional (DA)

What they did: 

“When joining the Packaging Professional Apprenticeship, this student was working in the Smurfit Kappa service department, repairing and maintaining the sites conversion tools. They had gone directly into work from school and felt they had missed their opportunity for a university education. 

 

As someone who was looking to develop professionally within the packaging industry, they enrolled on the newly developed (and UK’s first) Packaging Professional Degree Apprenticeship programme at SHU, hoping this would be an opportunity to obtain new knowledge and skills. 

 

In their business critical, but largely invisible role, they worked tirelessly to ensure that the service that they were required to provide was uninterrupted while applying creativity and significant personal effort to their University and Apprenticeship work. The student used every opportunity to learn from others, observing previously unknown tasks and processes. 

They managed to maintain their work to a very high level around their family life and business critical work shifts in the factory, including across the COVID crisis, where they continued their work as a classified key worker in manufacturing.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“Mid-way through the second year of the course, the student applied for and secured an internal promotion to join the Business Development Team at Smurfit Kappa. 

It’s hard to overstate the scale of the change of roles. From a ‘closed’ shop floor manufacturing position with a limited scope, their new role involves overseeing multi-million-pound projects with a complex range of stakeholders at board level across a FTSE100 company. 

 

This transition was made possible as a result of his personal and professional development throughout the early stages of their Apprenticeship, as well as the encouragement given to all apprentices on the Higher Degree Apprenticeship Packaging Professional BSc to embrace the wider picture of operations within both their companies and the industry in which they operate. 

 

The student is now an integral part of developing new business for SK and the new product development process which covers all aspects of introducing new products into the business.  

 

They are now a key member of the continuous improvement team, leading and evaluating highly complex projects that contribute significantly to the sites cost saving activities.  

Lastly, they have become a qualified level 2 internal auditor and a level 2 HACCP team member. They conduct regular audits ensuring the sites compliance to both BRC and ISO standards while their duties in the HACCP team ensure the site fulfils its obligations when manufacturing packaging that comes into direct contact with food.  

The student would not have been able to achieve any of this without their Apprenticeship.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

This students experience and story is inspirational, a true demonstration of how impactful Apprenticeships can really be. 

 

They made the commitment to not just complete their Higher Degree Apprenticeship – but to excel in all areas. They have continued to achieve academically and used their new skills to ‘lean in’ to the work-based learning opportunities that makes their work so successful and impactful. 

 

The student has benefitted their organisation with a range of innovative departmental improvement projects which have had a positive impact locally, and increasingly on a national basis. They have shared their new knowledge with others and continues to develop throughout the programme, which has seen them progress into an individual with highly transferable multidisciplinary skills. 

 

This students success has been noticed repeatedly by Sheffield Hallam – they were selected as one of just two apprentices from all 2500 studying at Hallam to speak at the Universities UK national conference on the impact of apprenticeships.  They were also recently invited to meet with an audience including the Vice Chancellor, Sir Chris Husbands & Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP to represent the achievements of apprentices around the country and the positive impact they make to communities, businesses and the wider economy.” 

Work Experience Champion Award 2023

Awarded for significant contribution to promoting the benefits of work experience and/or volunteering to other students as part of their course.

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Alina Vyerova
Becki Bradley
Liv Allsop
Uchenna Idoko

WINNER!

Alina VyerovaBSc (Hons) Financial Trading and Investment Management 

 

What they did: 

“This student had a very successful time on their placement year at one of the main high street banks. Following on from this, when returning to SHU for their final year at L6, they did not leave their experiences from placement behind. The student then supported L5 on the employability module down in London, by travelling down and presenting their experiences of placement, top tips for application and offered advice of extending their search and not solely focusing of trading placements (as there are very few) and discussed the benefits of this. The student fit this around a busy timetable and gave up their own time to support the student who really needed to hear their advice and placement perspective.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“This individuals impact meant that the students at L5 explored a wider range of placement opportunities, giving them a better chance of securing placement. Immediately after the sessions, students at L5 connected with the student in question to continue to watch their journey through final year. Comments from the L5 group indicated that it was great to hear a students perspective on placement and see a realistic experience. They also very much appreciated the hints and tips on application as this can be a very tedious process.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“This student inspired others to keep pushing, even when they are getting rejection emails and having to spend hours filling out applications. They inspired students to remove the barrier of only searching for trading placements and actually look across the whole of the financial sector – which opened their eyes. The successes this student shared has inspired others to work hard and want to see a similar journey for themselves. Their impact has been great.” 

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalist
Wiktoria Lach

WINNER!

Wiktoria LachBSC (Hons) Biomedical Science with Foundation Year 

 

What they did: 

“The student is completing an enterprise residency sandwich placement, taking bold steps to explore a business venture that is completely unrelated to their degree, but one they have a passion and a talent for. Following an introduction via one of the course leaders, we asked the student if they would write a case study for us.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“We met the student, who told us about the activity they were doing, and the impact this was having on them – personally, and professionally. How great it was to be doing something they were passionate about and being supported! They helped us write a case study article, which has turned into a published resource and circulated across the department to inspire current L5 students interested in Sandwich placements.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“As an employability advisor, I have shown this case study to my students who have been curious about exploring this as an option which they hadn’t considered before. It has been circulated in our department, and students have expressed an interest in this type of Sandwich placement.” 

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalist
Lauren Riley

WINNER!

Lauren Riley – BA (Hons) Fashion Design 

What they did: 

“The student participated in the applied diploma work experience with Urban Outfitters, gaining an exceptional and valuable work experience in a global company, based in London.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“The experience has had a huge impact on the student, and this is no particularly visible in their return to final year, in which in the short time they have been self-motivated, professional and ambitious. So far, they have been highlighted for good practice on a national stage through Graduate Fashion Foundation Charity and recently won the Crisis X Love Not Landfill X GFW Competition.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“This student has been a visible and positive presence within the cohort and has presented in department and course presentations and talks regarding their work experience and the positive impact it has had.” 

Work Experience Award 2023

Awarded for outstanding impact and/or contribution whilst undertaking work experience (e.g. applied project, placement, enterprise residency, scholarly research/innovation solving real-world problems) as part of their course.

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Adesola Emmanuel Oyelere
Becki Bradley
Ema Bagdonaviciute
Harry Smith
Max Woodburn

WINNER!

Adesola Emmanuel OyelereMSc Advanced Computer Networks

What they did: 

“This nominee made a decision to join our Second Line team at the start of last year and since then, has been a critical component of the team. Their excitement and enthusiasm was apparent from day one, as they expressed a desire to be involved in every aspect of their role, with the aim of learning, developing, and becoming an integral part of the company. 

Their work ethic and approach to challenges is truly inspiring. Despite the demands of their role, they face each challenge with unwavering enthusiasm and view each challenge as an opportunity to grow and improve, not only themselves, but also those around them. 

We have no doubt that this nominee will perform exceptionally well in their current studies. The knowledge and experience gained through their time with us will undoubtedly benefit their course and serve them well in the future. 

It is a testament to their outstanding character that during their placement with us, they have exceeded all our expectations and have become a valuable asset to the team. We have no doubt that this individual has a bright future ahead of them, and we are honoured to have had the opportunity to work with them.” 

 

What was the Impact? 

“This nominee joined our organisation during a period of significant change and transformation within the team. Despite these challenges, the nominee demonstrated remarkable conduct and attitude, effectively mitigating the impact of these changes not only on themselves, but also on their teammates. 

Their eagerness to get started and quick learning ability enabled us to quickly integrate them into the team and have them working on their day-to-day responsibilities in no time. Their receptiveness to training and their ability to grasp new concepts and systems quickly made it possible for us to rely on them to use some of our more proprietary systems shortly after their arrival. 

As a result of their exceptional performance and dedication, the nominee has established themselves as one of the most consistent and capable members of the team. They are frequently relied upon to take on some of the most challenging and time-consuming tasks, ensuring that the team’s workload remains manageable, while also making invaluable contributions to the team’s success. 

Their presence in the team is not only reassuring, but also essential, as they continue to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in all they do, making them the embodiment of our company values.”  

 

How it inspired others: 

“The one thing that stands out for us here at ASK4, is this individual’s enthusiasm and happiness at being part of the team and company ASK4. This is something that radiates out to all members of staff throughout the business. Regularly and without fail they always greet everyone with a smile, something which we have come to notice never ceases. They make an impression on everyone whom they encounter, as we can show from the following quotes below. 

Head of Support Services – “Emmanuel is a real asset to the company. Since they started, they were able to get up to speed rapidly and works incredibly hard. They have an exceptionally positive attitude is something that keeps the team around them in good spirits. Our experience with Emmanuel, shows us the potential for future placements from Sheffield Hallam, and that’s something we’re excited about.” 

Second Line Teammate – “This person is someone who never stops smiling, it’s so refreshing and uplifting.” 

These are but a few of the comments we receive on a regular basis for this candidate, which is testament to the ‘Positive Impact’ we have seen that they are having on the people that are around them.” 

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalists
Eliza Finlday
Wiktoria Lach
Keeley Snowden
Ekta Sharma

WINNER!

Keeley SnowdenBSc (Hons) Biomedical Science

What they did: 

“This student did an international placement and by all accounts was an excellent ambassador for both the university and Department. Not only did they settle well into the new surroundings, in spite of covid, but was quick to make tremendous contributions to the project to which they were assigned. According to their supervisor, they were very attentive and diligent in performing their duties and as a result much progress was made in the development of a commercial medical testing kit. During the year long placement, they were a valued member of the team, and they displayed excellent interpersonal skills. Overall, performed brilliantly under challenging circumstances.” 

 

What was the impact?  

“This placement provider has worked with Sheffield Hallam University for the past ten years, and thanks to the people such as the current nominee they have kept coming back. Over the years, some of the placement students have been exceptional but this nominee has excelled them all with their commitment, professionalism and engagement.” 

 

How it inspired others: 

“They are an inspiration to others by demonstrating that not only is it possible to move to a foreign country for a year but it possible to make a success of it. This will act as encouragement for those wanting to pursue a similar path. Indeed, as a result a number of students are exploring this option.” 

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalists
Mae Roberts
Elena Suci
Jasmine Concannon
Sharoon Sherrif Basheer
Alex Taylor

WINNER!

Mae RobertsBA (Hons) Film Studies 

What they did: 

“The student contacted me as Course Leader in 21/22 as they wanted to withdraw from their university course as they were afraid they would not get a job in the film industry. We had a very long chat about how they can use their learning opportunities on work-based learning modules to connect with the film industry in Sheffield. That year the student took a 120-hour office-based placement with Sheffield DocFest as part of their Level 5 studies. When the placement ended, the student asked DocFest if they could continue the role in a volunteer capacity so they could get a greater understanding of the operations of a major film festival. While the student was volunteering at DocFest, a very competitive, paid, full-time, fixed term role was advertised for DocFest – the student applied, was brought to interview and got the job! Off the back of that success, the student then applied to do a sandwich placement at Warner Bros Discovery in London – it was extremely competitive and with three interview rounds – and Warner Bros. chose them and the student moved to London for 22/23 to work in WB offices in London.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“A number of things – foremost, the student’s confidence in their strengths and abilities through these work-based learning and placement opportunities has impacted on their wellbeing and love for their course and the subject they study. The student was a valuable member of staff at DocFest and members of the DocFest team continue to keep in touch with them and go to networking events together. The student is a valuable member of the WB team in London and they are being mentored by their supervisor there to take the next steps forward at WB for their career. The student has been a role model for the BA Film Studies course and SHU – their success has given staff the opportunity to rally behind SHU’s mission of transforming lives via knowledge applied. 

 

How it inspired others: 

“The student has been a real-life model of ‘If You Can See It, You Can Be It’ slogan. They student has inspired a number of their cohort to apply for any and all placement and work experience opportunities and gave them tips and advice. Based on the student’s success, three students from that year have now taking opportunities outside of the course work to work with the British Film Institute’s Film Academy programme; one student set up a freelance videography business; one student (the student’s best friend!) has taken the plunge and is doing teaching experience and to apply to do a PGCE after their final year at Hallam.  

 

The student has shared their placement experiences to students who have the opportunity to do one next year and has been incredibly supportive. the student has strength SHU’s relationship with DocFest as they were so proud of her work ethic and commitment. And the student has inspired me – their CL and Sandwich Placement AA – to work hard to ensure that students can have opportunities and grown confidence to reach their true potential. Thank you!” 

Inspirational Alumni Award 2023

Awarded for continuing support for the university and impact as alumni.

College of Business, Technology and Engineering

Finalists
Giles Cunningham
Isobel Hedges
Muhila Ayyathurai

WINNER!

Muhila AyyathuraiMBA (Placement)  

What they did:  

“As a student, they worked with the University as a Student Voice Leader. Their commitment to the post and passion for the work continued beyond that post, beyond graduation and continues to this day in an informal advisory capacity. Such is their passion for Hallam and the international postgraduate taught experience and helping other international students to pursue a career in the UK – they do it to make a difference and to help hold the ladder for others to climb. Their most ‘tangible’ win was to help make the case for investment into video materials relating to the full work experience journey – this in turn created opportunities for our Hallam Freelancers, but critically this and an extensive list of open, professional and insightful recommendations was just the start of work that the University is still working through today.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“The work they delivered as a student and their continued efforts as our alumni are virtually inseparable. Their impact therefore, still continues and includes a comprehensive review of student-facing materials re work placements, insights into how best to engage and motivate international postgraduate students, insights into the value of Applied Professional Diploma in a Postgraduate teaching (PGT) context, how Postgraduate work placements are accessed and approved, and finally, how the University approaches bespoke support for PGT students on work experience. Put simply, every student on any form of course with a year-long placement option owes thanks to this person and has in part, benefitted from their hard work.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

“They delivered a presentation as a guest speaker at an away day event in January 2023 and to say it was the highlight of an already excellent event would be an understatement – a heartfelt and heart-warming story of their experience during and beyond Hallam was the reminder we all needed for why we’re here in the first place.” 

College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Finalists
Shama Shoket
Katie Boulton
Adam Hague

WINNER!

Shama ShoketBSc (Hons) Nursing (Child)  

What they did:  

“They have been a positive voice for inclusivity and has shown great courage in speaking about anti racism and experiences of micro aggressions – they recently attended a Graduates of Colour talk and was a main speaker sharing her journey and answering question with advice and was very inspiring.”  

 

What was the impact? 

“Students had many questions they felt reassured and empowered as heading towards graduating. Academics also learnt about how we can support better.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

Ideas and how to face challenges.  

College of Social Sciences and Arts

Finalists
Lizz Walton
Aqeel Ahmed
Holly Nelson
Jonathan Pearmain
Charlene Patterson

WINNER!

Charlene PattersonBA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design  

What they did:  

“This student was always a positive role model when they were a student. They were a mature student with 5 children ranging in age from one at university to one at primary school, and a range of ages in-between. The student always attended class and always did fantastic work achieving high grades. This student graduated in 2022 and was awarded the Design Prize for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. They left SHU and then set up their own business. They are actively working to get their business going and is a real inspiration to me.” 

 

What was the impact? 

“As a mature student, this student clearly had lots to juggle alongside their uni studies. I’m sure it was sometimes hard for them, but they always managed to get into uni and do some fantastic work, and was also a good support to their peers.” 

 

How it inspired others:  

“Such a hard worker, always helpful and positive in the studio. Excelled in their design work achieving 1st grades.”