Award Categories

These are the categories and types of awards we are actively looking for nominations for. They represent our Hallam Values and Our Role in the Region and beyond. We are looking to recognise and reward individuals, and groups, around the impact and inspiration they have had on those around them. Whether they have inspired you directly, or know they have inspired others, please nominate them for an award.

If you don’t see a category which neatly aligns to what the person did, please nominate them under the ‘Positive Impact’ category. These will be reallocated to the most appropriate category ahead of the shortlisting process.

Categories marked with * are also available to those studying with our UK and  Overseas partners.

Hallam Spirit Award – Capturing the “Hallam Spirit” and/or contribution to the Sheffield Hallam Community by working collaboratively, showing compassion, support, and/or kindness to fellow students and/or Hallam Staff. 

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 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.

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

Leadership Award* – Displaying outstanding leadership qualities.

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

Global Impact Award – Any impact nationally and/or internationally (e.g. through Social, Charitable, Commercial activities).

Inclusivity, Diversity, and Student Wellbeing Award – Enabling and championing inclusivity and diversity, promoting student wellbeing, and/or contributing to campaigns for social justice.

Sustainability 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/or impact as alumni.

Inspirational Individual Award*– Achievements and inspiring others by overcoming adversity.

Positive Impact – Impact in any context not already mentioned elsewhere. Please note, that this category should be used when unsure of which award to nominate for. We will not award winners in this category but instead, the nominations will be re-distributed to the most appropriate category by the shortlisting panel for consideration. This is in lieu of an “Other” category.