Selection process 2016


Background to this year’s awards

At the end of Semester 1 students completing the Student Barometer were asked to nominate an inspirational teacher and/or someone who had made a similar contribution to their experience outside the classroom. Students were also asked to provide a comment in support of their nomination. Separate surveys were made available to those students not covered by the Student Barometer and for students to nominate inspirational research supervisors.

Inspirational Teaching and Outstanding Student Support Nominations

A total of 4707 nominations were received nominating 1426 individual staff / groups of staff for either an inspirational teaching award or outstanding student support across the four faculties, and directorates. These numbers are comparable to previous years.

The selection process for the Inspirational Teaching Awards has followed the same methodology as previous years. Each faculty convened a panel to consider their nominations and used the criteria below to assess the impact the nominees have had on their students. Each Faculty made 15 awards and these went forward as nominations for a University Inspirational Teaching Award. Similarly 3 staff were given a Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Support and were nominated for a University Award.

The University Panel sat on the 12th May chaired by Dr Graham Holden (Director of Learning & Teaching), along with our external Prof Mick Healey (PFHEA, NTF), Prof Mike Bramhall (Assistant Dean Academic Development Faculty of ACES, PFHEA and NTF), James Manson (Welfare & Community Officer, Sheffield Hallam Students Union), Stella Jones-Devitt (Head of Student Research & Evaluation and NTF) and Juliet Hinrichsen (Head of Academic Professional Development, LEAD).


Inspirational Teaching Award

  1. Fostering enthusiasm for their subject and inspiring student engagement with learning
  2. Raising academic attainment by challenging students to achieve their full potential
  3. Transformational impact on students in their transition in, through and out of their programme of study.

Outstanding Student Support

  1. Supporting students and enabling them to achieve
  2. Impact on student retention and progression
  3. Providing exceptional support above and beyond what might normally be expected

Inspirational Research Supervisors

A total of 48 staff were also nominated by students for an Inspirational Research Supervisor Award which were considered by a panel chaired by Professor Doug Cleaver.