Selection process 2015



At the end of Semester 1  students completing the Student Barometer were asked to name an inspirational teacher and/or someone who had made a similar contribution outside the classroom experience and explain how the individual had made a difference. A separate survey was made available for level 6 students.  Students were asked to nominate Research Supervisors  through the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES).

Inspirational Teaching and Outstanding Student Support Nominations

A total of 4929 nominations were received nominating 1777 individual staff / groups of staff for either an inspirational teaching award or outstanding student support across the four faculties, and directorates. This is a significant increase on last year where the number was 3500.

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 and made 15 Faculty Awards who were nominated for a University Inspirational Teaching Award. Similarly 3 staff were made a Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Support and nominated for a University Award. The University Panel sat on the 5th 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), Emily Conor (Sheffield Hallam Students Union President), Prof Colin Beard (NTF and Teaching Fellow in Sheffield Business School) and Juliet Hinrichsen (Head of Academic Professional Development, LEAD).


Inspirational Teaching Award

1.Fostering enthusiasm for their subject and inspiring student engagement with learning

  1. Raising academic attainment by challenging students to achieve their full potential
  2. 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 192 staff were also nominated by students for an Inspirational Research Supervisor Award which were considered by a panel chaired by Dr Doug Cleaver.