Award Themes

These are the themes and types of awards we are actively looking for nominations in relation to. They represent a curated selection of some of the types of things previous winners have been nominated for, because they inspired others in ways which really spoke to our values as a University.  The key things we are looking to recognise and reward are around the impact the nominee has made, which could be any kind of impact as long as it inspired you as the person nominating them for an award, or you know it inspired others and therefore deserves recognition.

If you don’t see a theme or award which neatly aligns to what the person did, nominate them under the ‘Positive Impact’ category.

Collaboration Award– Contribution to the Sheffield Hallam Community by working collaboratively, showing compassion, support, and/or kindness to fellow students and/or SHU community members. 

Student Voice Award– Actively advocating the voice of students and representing their collective interests. 

Academic Society of the Year – Outstanding achievement, and/or impact by an Academic Society. Note: for Social Societies, an awards scheme will be run by Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union.

Academic Society Leader Award– Demonstrating Outstanding leadership in their role within an academic society. 

Work Experience Champion – Significant contribution to promoting the benefits of work experience and/or volunteering to other students as part of their course.

Work Experience Award – 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.

Apprentice of the Year Award – Outstanding impact and/or contribution as an Apprentice.

Entrepreneurship Award – Demonstrating outstanding enterprise and/or entrepreneurial activity.

Leadership Award – Displaying outstanding leadership qualities and making an impact.

We Are South Yorkshire Award – Outstanding impact on the Sheffield City Region and surrounding areas (g. through Social, Charitable, Commercial activities).

Beyond South Yorkshire Award – Any impact nationally and/or internationally (g. through Social, Charitable, Commercial activities).

Inclusive Community Award – Enabling and championing inclusivity and diversity, and/or contributing to campaigns for social justice.

Climate Action Award – Outstanding impact on policy, practice and/or the behaviour of others that progress the climate action agenda.

Inspirational Alumni Award – Continuing support for the university and impact as alumni.

Inspirational Individual – Achievements and inspiring others by overcoming adversity.

Positive Impact – Impact in any context not already mentioned elsewhere.