INSPIRATIONAL TEACHING AWARDS 2016
Jeanette is a member of the Sheffield Business School’s Marketing Subject Group, teaching across all levels of students from first years to Post-Graduate as well as engaging with industry and markets through her teaching and management roles. The challenges presented by teaching in today’s dynamic education environment is one she relishes and thoroughly enjoys as part of supporting students as they negotiate this stage of their life journey.
Jeanette is passionate about teaching, helping students by challenging them to see their own potential and locate themselves in today’s industry. She suggests this is her ‘job’! She believes this to be a privilege, a vocation that she commits to thoroughly and encourages others who work alongside her, to do the same. Being nominated by students as inspirational is an honour that is as important to Jeanette as chocolate.
‘Jeanette always goes that extra mile to help us with our individual and group projects, showing a level of care above and beyond what I would expect. She inspires me to learn more around the subject; I feel as though I can’t miss a word she says as it’s like gold dust.’
Since 2002 Julie has been a Senior Lecturer in the Academy of Sport and during this time has developed professional relationships based on collaborative working, open dialogue, integrity and respect for colleagues and students.
Julie works to create active learning spaces which are truly democratic and participatory; where all voices are valued and where individual learner experiences and their context form the basis for them to personalise their own learning journey.
Her areas of professional and scholarly interest are power relations in work spaces, gender relations in physical education, and performativity in higher education.
‘Julie always gives us opportunities to feedback and shape our learning, she encourages us to ask questions and expand on what we are taught. It is very refreshing and allows us to be active in our learning in the classroom.’
Jacqui teaches the BSc (Hons) Applied Nursing (Learning Disabilities) and Generic Social Work programme and contributes to other nursing programmes at SHU. She is also Year 1 tutor for the learning disability programme and leads across the three years on practice placement development for learning disability nursing. In addition, Jacqui leads the public health modules for the programme and has been involved with developing and sustaining service user and carer involvement in recruitment, teaching, research and development projects.
Jacqui is delighted that students have nominated her for this award and is motivated by the fact that they will be people who really make a positive difference in the lives of people with learning disabilities.
‘Jacqui’s passion for her subject is inspiring and really shines through in her teaching. Her classes are engaging and interesting and it is clear she cares about both students and service users.’
Dr Mel Bull
Dr Mel Bull is principal lecturer and programme lead for the MBA portfolio within Sheffield Business School. Her areas of teaching are across the full time MBA, the part time executive MBA and the facilities management courses.
She recently completed a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) with a focus on reflective practice and organisational behaviour in the workplace.
Mel is passionate about the teaching of reflective practice across her MBA portfolio, to enhance the self-awareness, emotional intelligence and leadership skills of her students.
‘Mel is enthusiastic, fun, caring and supportive. By far the best teacher I have ever had. She has inspired me to continue on and further my education and without her I wouldn’t have continued.’
Dr Jon Dean
Jon Dean is a senior lecturer in politics and sociology in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics. He joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 after completing his PhD at the University of Kent.
Jon’s main research focus is on youth volunteering and the voluntary sector, specifically related to class inequalities in social participation. He also conducts research on innovations in qualitative research methodology, recently centered on incorporating sound and drawing into research methodology. He is currently writing his first monograph on the issue of reflexivity in social research.
Jon teaches across a broad range of topics including undergraduate and postgraduate modules on charity and community studies, research methodology, education and social class. Working with diverse groups of students at postgraduate level is especially rewarding, as is being the first-year tutor for the Politics and Applied Social Science degrees.
‘Jon is patient without being patronising and is clearly passionate about the subjects he teaches which, in turn, harnesses an enthusiasm for the subject amongst students.’
Liz is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing based in Sheffield Business School. Liz worked in a range of marketing roles in industry for around 10 years before becoming a full time lecturer in 2009. Liz is course leader for BA (Hons) Business and Marketing and teaches across a range of modules in the area of Marketing.
Liz’s research interests are consumer psychology and brands with a particular focus on teenagers and children. She is currently studying for a PhD in Business and Management.
‘Liz is on a level with her students, and can really get the best of them. She even makes typing up job applications an inspiring thing to do.’
Dr David Greenfield
After graduating with a PHD from UMIST in 2000, David commenced a PDRA post in the MRI and it was then where, over its transformation to MERl, he worked on various research projects in the Centre for Corrosion Technology.
David obtained a lecturing position in the Mechanical Engineering group where he became the course leader for mechanical engineering, a role he has held for 3 years.
During September 2015 David was promoted to Principal Lecturer with responsibility for Learning, Teaching & Assessment in the Department of Engineering & Maths.
‘David is an amazing tutor and lecturer. He always makes a huge effort to make time for feedback from his students and has always made it very clear that he will dedicate time to help with work or any other issues.’
After completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Sheffield Hallam University Anna was involved in a variety of research projects focusing on weight management, behaviour change and the effect of seaweed fibre on appetite.
She started teaching in 2008 and is now a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader for the UG Nutrition Degrees. She is a Registered Nutritionist and teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules within the Food Group.
Anna is also heavily involved in the Food and Nutrition Student Society, supporting students in a variety of activities outside of their taught courses. Inspired and motivated by other members of the team, Anna is passionate about food and nutrition and enjoys seeing students reach their full potential in this field.
‘Anna is the sort of person that everyone should aspire to be. She is passionate about the subject and teaches it in such a way that with each lecture I actually leave feeling like I have learned something.’
Stewart has a senior management background in primary and secondary education, and has organised a wide range of exhibitions, conferences, ceremonies and international sports and arts events within the education sector. He has worked in South-East Asia, in Europe and the UK.
In 2006, Stewart gained an MSc with distinction from the UK Centre for Events Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and received the overall prize for outstanding academic achievement during the course. He has been part of the events management teaching team in the Sheffield Business School since 2008 and currently leads on modules relating to business research and events policy.
Stewart’s research interests centre on public sector event delivery and outcomes as well as teaching, learning and assessment in the higher education classroom. He is currently one of the University’s Learning Enhancement and Academic Development (LEAD) Associates.
‘Stewart has made all learning enjoyable and encouraged not only myself but all students to work as hard as possible. He motivates and guides us all.’
Dr Andy Hirst
Dr Hirst is recognised for delivering an outstanding student experience. His innovative approach to course development and management has supported consistent achievements in the NSS.
His early research career resulted in a range of high impact publications, but is now recognised as inspirational by his students in the delivery of enterprise and employability education.
Currently, Andy is the Teaching Fellow in Work Based Learning for ACES faculty; supporting the development of placement opportunities for undergraduate students. He is based in the Department of Computing and is the programme leader for the vibrant Business and Enterprise Group courses, with around 250 students. His career experience spans a range of industries that includes companies such as BAE Systems and Tesco.
‘Andy provides continuous support, finds new ways to enhance the course. He looks for opportunities for us to get involved with outside of the course to enhance our employability.’
Peter hails from Pontefract in West Yorkshire where he went to school. In his own time he discovered a subject called ‘linguistics’ and did a degree in it at York University and then a PhD at Cambridge.
Peter has worked in different jobs and roles from political activist, personnel officer, trainer, welfare rights advisor to lecturer, manager and researcher.
He is currently Reader in Language and Communication in the Department of Humanities. Peter has worked at Sheffield Hallam University since September 1989, initially contributing to linguistics teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate Communication Studies programme. More recently his teaching and research interests have been focussed on English Language provision.
‘Peter talks with such enthusiasm and expertise in his area that he is truly fascinating to listen to. I feel that whenever you go to his lectures, you leave feeling as though you have just had a glimpse into the mind of a true expert in the field.’
Dr Nikki Jordan-Mahy
Nikki has been at Sheffield Hallam for 18 years, during which time she has undertaken numerous and varied teaching and administrative roles. She is currently the BSc/MSci Biochemistry course leader and teaches physiology, anatomy, pathology and biochemistry with a splash of embryology and forensic pathology.
In addition to teaching, Nikki has a great interest in cell biology and is a member of the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre. She is part of the Cancer Research Group, and Musculoskeletal and Regenerative Medicine Research Group and has PhD students and post-Docs in both camps.
Nikki’s aim is to inspire students to become the researchers of the future and one day, contribute to finding a cure for diseases.
She is delighted to be nominated an inspirational teacher for a third time. She says, ‘There are no tricks or magic – it is all about having fun whilst you slip a few complex scientific facts into the students’ brains. I love teaching and I guess my enthusiasm shows.’
‘Nikki is fun and enthusiastic and always very helpful; she’s reignited my enthusiasm for learning.’
Roger is acquainted with the ups and downs of academic life. At Ripon Teacher Training College he gained a CertEd and failed his BEd degree, but the college pantomime that year was magnificent.
In 1983, at the second attempt, he became an RGN and an RSCN at Sheffield School of Nursing, and then achieved a BA with the Open University. After further abortive studies in psychology he swore never again to embark on a course unless he was really interested. He duly gained his MMedSci in palliative care with a dissertation on the spiritual needs of nurses; and was simultaneously licensed as a Reader in the Diocese of Sheffield.
Roger is one of the few university lecturers who has been trained in the use of a real blackboard, and he counts it a privilege to walk alongside students and to briefly share the ups and downs of their life journeys.
‘Roger’s lectures and seminars are so influential and he makes such an effort to get you to think deeply about the topics. He relates to students and uses interesting examples to explain the subject.’
Dr Sue McPherson
Sue Mcpherson is Senior Lecturer in English Literature, specialising in Victorian Literature. She teaches across all undergraduate levels and is committed to ensuring all students are supported to reach their full potential in terms of scholarly and wider communities.
Sue has a passion for innovative LTA and curriculum design, and working in intellectual partnership with students in these matters.
Her current research considers literary responses to shifting understandings of unemployment in the late-Victorian period, which she draw upon in one of her modules.
‘Sue is an enthusiastic, inspiring, and compassionate teacher. She encourages and engages everyone and helps students achieve their full potential. I look forward to every lecture and seminar and truly believe the course would not be the same without her.’
As an experienced Nurse Lecturer Sara is passionate about pre and post-registration nurse education and is investigating the development of teaching methods that focus on building learning landscapes for self-awareness and resilience within health care.
Sara believes we have a responsibility to generate educational opportunities to keep students in touch with the key beliefs and values that originally brought them into health care practice. When developing teaching and learning resources she creates classroom, and virtual learning opportunities that immerse students in experiences that stimulate free thinking and discussion.
Sara’s view is that every student contribution is an opportunity to encourage critical thinking and she values the opportunity to learn from them as much as they might learn from her or the session content: “I never cease to get a buzz from hearing a student say ‘yes… but’. It matters for lifelong learning for professional practice that they are provided with opportunities to develop the confidence to do that”.
‘Sara makes lessons fun and knows how to keep the large number of students engaged and interested with the work.’
Alex qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2007 and subsequently worked in the NHS specialising in the pre-treatment aspect of radiotherapy.
This is his first position within academia, being appointed in 2014, and since has worked hard to develop active learning in all of his sessions. He has made changes to his teaching each year, enhancing technology-enhanced learning throughout.
He is passionate about the course and embeds his physics teaching throughout. His area of interest includes radiotherapy physics, dosimetric planning and anatomy.
‘Alex is incredibly engaging and makes a genuine effort to help me understand the content as much as possible. His passion makes me feel more enthusiastic about the course.’
Joanne is part of the Primary and Early Years Teacher Education team and teaches on all the routes into teaching and across a breadth of subject areas however, her main areas of specialism are Primary and Early Years Mathematics and SEND intervention.
Joanne has many different roles, including Student Support Tutor and Academic Tutor. Before working at Hallam she was a primary teacher for 23 years, working in challenging settings. Alongside class teaching she was also Inclusion Manager and later a Numbers Count Teacher. This involved promoting the importance of removing barriers to learning in mathematics through intervention. Joanne later became a Support Lead Teacher for the initiative Every Child Counts working with experienced teachers to become specialists in Early Years Mathematics.
Joanne worked in schools to deliver targeted support tied into the School Improvement Plan, which included mentoring teachers and support staff through the modelling of quality first teaching & learning. She is currently completing an MA in Education and has an interest in the Legitimation Code Theory as a framework for the study of knowledge transfer in mathematics and education.
‘Joanne’s positive approach has made me look at the subject in a completely different manner. I no longer fear it, in fact the prospect of teaching maths now excites me. She has made me feel so much more at ease through sharing her own experiences.’
Neil is a senior lecturer in performance for stage and screen in the faculty of Development and Society. He has been teaching at Sheffield Hallam for five years.
Before beginning at Hallam, Neil spent twenty seven years as a professional theatre director. He ran his own national and international touring theatre company, Compass Theatre Company, which toured vibrant new approaches to classics texts around the world. He was also a freelance director and an associate director of Hull Truck Theatre Company for eight years.
Neil has directed almost 100 professional productions. He relishes the chance to teach in his home city and is enjoying the opportunity to reflect on his professional practice. He is also enjoying passing on his experience and developing his approach through work with the students in the classroom and rehearsal room.
‘From the very first week of lectures, his attitude meant that the whole group wanted to attend all lectures and seminars and make the most of the opportunities we have at Hallam.’
Dr Jennifer Sloan
Jennifer grew up watching her mother’s inspirational teaching whilst living with her parents in Kuwait and Northamptonshire.
She would regularly play ‘teacher’ as a child, and learned to be more patient in teaching by reflecting on her father’s patience when trying to teach her maths!
She went on to study law at Manchester University then moved into criminology by doing a MA in International Criminology, and then a PhD on men in prison, both at The University of Sheffield.
During her PhD she began teaching law and criminology as a graduate teaching assistant and has been teaching ever since. She joined Sheffield Hallam University in August 2014 as a senior lecturer in criminology.
‘Jennifer is so calming and happy to give advice that she makes you feel at ease. Since she is still studying herself she understands the struggles that we are facing, which means students have so much more respect for her opinion. The work that she is currently doing inspires me so much, that it drives me to achieve the best that I can within the subject.’
Nicky qualified as a physiotherapist in 1990 and worked in Sheffield, Rotherham and Leeds in a range of healthcare settings. She completed her Master’s degree in 2003 and made the move to Sheffield Hallam University soon after that.
Nicky’s work at Sheffield Hallam has included teaching physiotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate and teaching research methods to physiotherapists and other healthcare professions. Most of her physiotherapy practice has been in the field of neurological rehabilitation and this remains her main interest in practice, teaching and research. She is also a Course Leader for the Master’s degree in physiotherapy, which attracts therapists from around the world to study in Sheffield.
Nicky enjoys teaching practical skills, making complex concepts relevant and applicable to practice and feeling that she can improve healthcare through her teaching.
Nicky is currently working towards her doctorate, with the support of the Allied Health Professions Department.
‘Nicky’s enthusiasm and passion for her job is reflected in her teaching. She answers any questions you have and is very thorough when showing the class different techniques.’
Kathy is a senior lecturer in education policy and has worked at Sheffield Hallam for 16 years. Initially as a research fellow, and for the past eight years as a course leader of BA (Hons) Education Psychology and Counselling.
Kathy has a very student centred approach and has gained tremendous satisfaction from watching her students develop, grow and embrace university life. She takes a keen interest in their personal and professional development.
Kathy’s teaching is based around education policy, emotional literacy and learning and reflective work based learning. Her research interests include, developing emotional literacy through therapeutic stories and metaphors. Kathy is currently writing a book of therapeutic stories for children and run CPD therapeutic story workshops.
Kathy recently became the international mobility coordinator for DECI and looks forward to playing a wider departmental role, working with partners to ensure the delivery of the international mobility experience for our students.
‘Kathy shares her passion and enthusiasm with her students and her care for our progression is evident in the attention and detail in the modules she teaches.’
Claire joined the Business School in November 2010 and was responsible for developing corporate programs with organisations such as The Co-Operative Group, a National Skills academy for Social Care and supporting liaison with local SMEs.
Her research interests include Identity Work, Employment Relations, The Role of Emotional Labour and Wellbeing at work, Trade Unions and the development of Employee Voice, Reflective Management Practice, Audio Feedback methods and teaching approaches.
Claire is also a school governor at Dobcroft Junior School and was responsible for creating a steering group for parents whose children have Special Educational Needs requirements to create a greater voice for this group of children.
‘Claire is enthusiastic and keeps me motivated and is always there for me academically and emotionally. She is also studying whilst teaching which inspires me to do well!’
Vicky practised as a criminal defence lawyer prior to entering Higher Education, with a specialism in representing young people (particularly young people in the care system) in the criminal justice process.
She joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2013, and is now the module leader in public law alongside teaching on the criminal law module. Vicky is also the year tutor for Law students at level 4.
Her research interests cover both pedagogy (she is currently undertaking a project to examine the transition to Higher Education) and the policing of public order. In addition she is also the author of a student textbook in Constitutional and Administrative law.
‘Vicky makes the lectures and the seminars interesting and makes it easier to learn by using examples and making sure that everyone understands the points. She allows everyone to participate in seminars, which ensures that the prep work is done to a high standard.’
Philippa’s professional career has been varied and involved teaching in a wide range of educational settings. She has worked in educational fields in England, Australia and Hong Kong and has taught in nursery, infant and primary schools; Family Centres; International Schools and Outdoor Education.
As a Community Teacher/Early Years Advisory Teacher for Sheffield Local Authority, Philippa developed training for the PVI and maintained sectors in Early Years as well as child minders and parents.
She joined Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 with a strong passion for creative teaching . Her aim is to develop and support enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate adults to work alongside children and families in the field of Early Childhood.
Philippa’s research spans a range of subject areas but are all underpinned by an interest in young children’s well-being and learning.
‘Philippa goes the extra mile to help everyone out and always has a really upbeat and enthusiastic outlook on everything – including keeping us all motivated when we’re doing sessions in the snow and rain!’
Kathryn has an extensive clinical background in Acute and Critical Care Nursing, as an Intensive Care Nursing Sister, and subsequently as a Critical Care Outreach Sister. She co-initiated the first Critical Care Outreach Team in North Trent, and was part of the team that developed and implemented STHFT’s Early Warning Score (SHEWS).
Kathryn’s motivation for working within Nursing Education is to inspire these skills within Nursing Students so they deliver the highest quality Nursing Care at the clinical interface – these emerging professionals are our future clinicians, Specialist Nurses, Advanced Practitioners, Clinical Leaders, Academics and Researchers and with the formative support they will evolve the face of Nursing over the next 3 decades.
Kathryn holds a Pre-Registration, Post-Registration, Interprofessional and International teaching portfolio, working with students from level 04 to 07, from within SHU and externally within a large partner service organisation, and she also has responsibility for overviewing the development of personal students as an academic advisor.
‘Kathryn’s knowledge and how she shares this is outstanding. At times when you question your own ability, she fills you with confidence about what you are doing.’
Claire grew up in Canada and moved to Sheffield in 1999. She completed both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at Sheffield Hallam University which started her career in public health working with the NHS reducing obesity rates in Lincolnshire.
In 2013, Claire began working as an associate lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She teaches on a variety of modules from level 4 – 7.
As a Registered Nutritionist Claire is passionate about improving health and enjoys sharing her experiences with her students. Claire is invested in the food group team which is reflected in her collaborated research practices and is also committed to supporting the Food and Nutrition Student Society which recently involved chaperoning a trip to Italy with 50 students. Claire is keen to pursue a PhD and continue a profession in academia.
‘Claire is always so positive and engaged about her subject. She tells stories of her own work and how they apply to what we’re studying which inspires me to work hard and strive towards being able to achieve something similar to what she has myself.’
INSPIRATIONAL RESEARCH SUPERVISOR AWARDS 2016
Tracey is Reader in Nonprofit Governance and Organization at Sheffield Business School, academic lead for the university wide Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and programme leader for the Doctorate in Business Administration.
Her current teaching, research and publications coalesce around two areas: the nature of organizing and managing work in non-profit organizations and the intersection between research philosophy, methodology and methods.
Tracey remains passionate about practice and policy relevant research, which is the cornerstone of our DBA, and has undertaken numerous client-driven research projects for central government, non-profit organizations and statutory health bodies in addition to publishing and reviewing for international journals.
‘Tracey’s ability to help me keep my work on track has enabled the early completion and acceptance of my research programme. Tracey creates really useful supervision space which is challenging yet supportive. Her skills and experience within the field are invaluable and I feel hugely motivated after each supervision meeting.’
Dr Christine Le Maitre
Her research focuses on investigating the pathogenesis of musculoskeletal disorders and novel therapies targeting pathogenesis and regenerative approaches, together with developing 3D culture systems for a variety of cell types.
Her research to date has led to 2 patents, 53 publications with ~2000 citations and ~1.9 million in grant income to date. She has been invited to present her research at a number of national and international meetings and is an elected committee member of the Pathological society of Great Britain and Ireland and is an AO UK delegate and DISCs trustee.
She has supervised 7 PhD students to completion and currently supervises 5 further students and is the postgraduate research tutor for the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre.
‘Christine always puts research students first and strives to create an environment where everyone helps and supports each other to generate and showcase the fantastic research undertaken at SHU.’
Professor Sameh Saad
Professor Sameh Saad graduated with an honours degree in Production Engineering, MSc in Industrial Engineering and a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Nottingham.
His research interests and experience include design and analysis of manufacturing systems, production planning and control, next generation of manufacturing systems including Fractal and Biological Manufacturing Systems, computer simulation, ERP, lean enterprise and six sigma, fractal supply chain and sustainability/green manufacturing. He has published over 150 articles in various national and international academic journals and conferences, including keynote addresses and a book. He also has four patents. One of his recent research works on the 21st Century Manufacturing Systems funded by EPSRC was rated an outstanding and internationally leading research grant.
‘Sameh is approachable and sees me as a research partner rather than as an undeveloped research student. He constantly challenges my opinion and thinking and makes me learn how to defend my own ideas and thoughts and grow intellectually.’
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson
Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education. She is a sociologist of education with a particular interest in policy and practice relating to equity and diversity in higher education, widening participation, access and student success, pedagogic diversity and the stratification and marketisation of higher education.
Key areas of interest are the social and academic experiences of religious students, the access, retention and success of refugees in higher education, and Black and Minority ethnic students’ degree attainment and success.
She sits on the Executive of the National Education Opportunities Network and co-convenes the Society for Research into Higher Education Access and Widening Participation Network
‘Jacqueline provided the motivation and encouragement I needed, has enabled me to find my voice, to pull together my research and thinking, and to make real steps towards a timely completion when I thought it was beyond me.’
OUTSTANDING STUDENT SUPPORT AWARDS 2016
These courses include BA Business & Management – part time, BA Business & Finance / BA Business Management – full time. MSc Human Recourse Management PT/FT, MSc International Human Resources Management FT.
Elizabeth is also involved in the Staff/Student module review meetings gaining feedback from students.
‘Elizabeth is always there to help and assist with any problem, big or small. She has never made me feel that I should already know the answer and has been the one constant through my time at SHU with her patience, good manners and approachability.’
Andrew joined the Careers and Employability team at Sheffield Hallam in 2011, having previously worked in a range of projects supporting clients with careers and employment related matters; his previous employers haveincluded the NHS, Connexions and work with the JobNet network supporting clients with barriers to employment.
Andrew takes great satisfaction in providing the students he works with advice, to ensure that they feel prepared to enter the labour market and raising aspirations by making sure students are aware of the opportunities open to them, as they graduate.
Andrew offers practical support around ensuring students are representing themselves well, to ensure that they feel confident throughout all stages of recruitment; from application through assessment and to interview.
‘Andrew helped me every step of the way, answering last minute questions by email, meeting with me to go over my interview prep and reassuring me the whole way. Thanks to him I had a really positive experience applying for PGCEs and now have a place to study at Hallam.’