Inspirational Teaching Awards 2018


Dr Luke Beardon

In his post as Senior Lecturer in Autism, Luke runs various courses at different academic levels including a Masters qualification, while continuing to research and consult in the field of autism. He is the course leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome, run in collaboration with the National Autistic Society, and supervises students at Doctoral level.

Luke says that being nominated as an Inspirational Teacher simply reflects his inspirational students. He feels fortunate to teach about an extraordinary part of the population – the autistic folk. Every day, his contact with autistic people adds to his knowledge of the lived experience of autistic children and adults, and amplifies his desire to impact positively on them, in whatever manner he can.

This is Luke’s third Inspirational Teaching Award and is therefore receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

‘Luke is extremely knowledgeable and his lectures show his passion for his subject and the autistic people he advocates for. He inspires me to become the best practitioner I can be. To be half as knowledgeable as him would be something to be proud of.’

Colette Beecher

Colette is a neuro-specialist occupational therapist with 24 years’ experience. She joined SHU in 2006, and teaches across BSc and MSc programmes in occupational therapy, and vocational rehabilitation. She is actively engaged with STEM, as an ambassador that supports schools and colleges.

Colette has initiated two projects which developed a digital distancer learning resource on the brain structure and function- referred to as the BrainDig, and a neurology board game ‘Take the Neurohighway’ based on active learning principles, which is now being marketed across UK AHP university programmes, and has also attracted  international sales.

Colette is currently studying for her PhD on the experiences and expectations of people receiving a hematopoietic stem cell transplant as a treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

This is Colette’s third Inspirational Teaching Award and is therefore receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

‘Colette’s teaching style is always so upbeat, positive and engaging. It’s really inspirational how she’s been so open in sharing her own personal experiences in teaching. Colette always goes above and beyond what I expect from a teacher in terms of support with assignments which has been really beneficial to my learning.’

Miss Amy Birkhead

Since graduating, Amy has worked as a mathematics teacher in South Yorkshire. During this time she completed her Masters in Teaching and Learning, focusing on mixed ability teaching and equity in the mathematics classroom.

Amy joined Sheffield Hallam University three years ago and teaches in the Mathematics Education department, working with both undergraduates and Teach First.


Amy won an award last year for her Outstanding Student Support and is delighted to be receiving an Inspirational Teaching Award this year.

‘Throughout the two years I have known Amy on my degree she has been a joy. She has a positive attitude towards our learning and always encourages us to perform to the best of our abilities and beyond. I believe this has made me more motivated towards this degree which I have faced numerous difficulties in. Amy has inspired me into wanting to become a better person and a more positive teacher.’

Myles Butler

Myles is a Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. He joined the Department of Allied Health Professions in 2008 and is currently a member of the Physiotherapy teaching team. He has been involved in a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes including, Nursing, Paramedic practice, Occupational Therapy, Sports Science and Physiotherapy.

Myles is the course leader for a Practiced Based Learning Programme and is currently writing a Physiotherapy Apprenticeship BSc (Hons) route, helping to widen participation in the profession.

Still engaged in clinical practice he is passionate in linking theory to practice, bringing application back into the classroom. Myles enjoys anthropology often linking evolution to anatomy to engage students in the classroom.

‘Myles has made me passionate about physiotherapy and makes the lessons so interesting. I know I am going to enjoy the module he is teaching as he explains and teaches in such a way that makes it so easy to understand. He should be recognised for his amazing teaching style and how much effort he puts into every session.’

Dr Jodie Clark

Jodie’s work as a linguist at Sheffield Hallam explores new ways of imagining social change. Her research and teaching focus upon linguistic approaches to gender, sexuality, race and class. She is the author of Selves, Bodies and the Grammar of Social Worlds (2016) and Language, Sex and Social Structure (2012), both with Palgrave.

Prior to taking up a post at Sheffield Hallam in 2008, she worked and studied in a number of universities in the UK, the US and France. Originally from the east coast of the US, she taught English at the University of Paris and served as director for a study abroad programme with the University of Strasbourg before moving to the UK.

Jodie has been Course Leader for both BA English Language and BA English. In teaching, her aim is to empower students to think critically about the relationships between social structure and language use.

This is Jodie’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Jodie’s commitment and enthusiasm is second-to-none. You can’t help but be fascinated by the topics she’s teaching about because she puts so much passion into each class. The class is constantly engaged because of it. She’s always there for a chat with any problem you may have and has a talent of making you feel at ease.’

Naomi Cooper

Naomi has worked at SHU for the past 9 years. She teaches as part of the Primary and Early Years Teacher Education team. Naomi’s areas of academic interest are EAL, Social Justice, Inclusion and Early Career Professionalism of teachers. She is Partnership Coordinator in the Primary and Early Years Teacher Education team and works in close partnership with many primary schools in the region.

Prior to working at SHU, Naomi was Head Teacher of a small school in Nottinghamshire. She has taught in Peterborough, Birmingham, Nottingham and Sheffield.

This is Naomi’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Naomi has been a great tutor to know. Her teaching style and advice is phenomenal, she has really inspired me in this module and gave me a different insight to inclusion, this has changed my thoughts and inspired me in my teaching practice. Naomi often includes her experience in seminars and talks to us about the things that worked for her and how she had tackled certain problems she came across in her teaching career.’

Adele Doran

Adele’s academic background lies in tourism and recreation studies and she has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on tourism, recreation and management modules. Adele is also studying for a PhD which focuses on the experiences of adventure tourists participating in organised mountaineering holidays.

Adele is a member of the Adventure Tourism Research Association’s (ATRA) steering group and she co-organised the 4th ATRA International Adventure Conference, which was held at Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a member of the Outdoor Recreation Research Group (ORRG) which is working with Sheffield City Council on a project to develop adrenaline fuelled city breaks designed to attract international sports enthusiasts. The project was awarded by VisitBritain and their Discover England fund.

‘She’s been my inspiration and motivator since the first day I started studying at Sheffield Hallam University. Through her encouragement and effort on helping us to understand assignments, I have studied more, read more and worked harder on assignments to get good results.’

Ian Halliday

Ian was awarded a Sheffield University Scholarship in 1983 and chose to study with Dr J W Tucker, researching the quantum mechanics of paramagnetic heavy metal salts. He joined SHU in 1985 and completed his PhD in 1987, when he changed research direction, to computational modelling of soft matter and, in particular, complex fluid systems.

Since 1996, Ian has concentrated on molecular and meso-scale modelling of biological/complex fluids, producing over 60 fully refereed publications. His research comprised one of the four case studies submitted by SHU’s Materials and Engineering Research Institute, in the 2015 REF submission.

Ian has taught and written units for the Open University, for almost 30 years. He has supervised 10 successful PhD students and has won a faculty inspirational teaching award four times, since 2014. He is pleased to receive his first university award.

‘Ian is a fantastic teacher and inspires everyone in his class to really get stuck in to the module. He is always available to help us and explains things so that everyone in his class understands. He has inspired me to pursue my teaching career and to be that kind of teacher.’

Dr Sarah Haywood-Small

Sarah received a BSc (Hons) in Biological Chemistry from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Cancer Studies from the University of Sheffield.

After completing postdoctoral research at the Universities of Leeds and Sheffield, she joined SHU in 2009. As a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and course leader for MSc Cancer Biology, she teaches aspects of cellular biology on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses across the Faculty, receiving recognition for her interactive anatomy lectures at the forefront of practice.

Sarah’s principal research interests involve cellular interactions and immunoregulation; especially the importance of these mechanisms in cancer. Sarah actively uses her research to underpin teaching in nursing, midwifery and other allied health courses.

‘As a first year student she made us feel welcome and ensured that we felt respected and important. Her approach and delivery in lectures and practical work is the best I have ever been involved in or witnessed, the ability to engage and make a subject irresistible and enlightening; captivating a lecture hall is incredible.’

James Heydon

An alumnus of Sheffield Hallam, James completed the BA Criminology in 2009 and MA International Criminal Justice in 2011. He then undertook the post of Programme Leader for the BA in Criminology at Hull College’s Higher Education Centre. James was in this role for two years, also completing a PGCHE at the University of Hull and becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2013, James was awarded an ESRC-funded White Rose Scholarship to complete his PhD research at the University of Sheffield’s School of Law.

In 2016, James returned to SHU as a lecturer in criminology. Almost two years later he joined the University of Lincoln, where he now divides his time between teaching and conducting research into patterns of environmental crime.

‘James has been one of the best teachers I have had at university. His passion for the subject and wanting the best for his students is something to be admired. He makes each student feel important by getting to know them on an individual level. He puts so much effort into his lecture materials and reading lists to give us the best possible chance of achieving our best work.’

Suzy Hodgson

Suzy grew up in Sheffield and completed her nurse education at Middlesex University in 1997 qualifying as a children’s nurse. Her clinical experience includes general paediatrics, CAMHS, health visiting, public health nursing both in the UK and in New Zealand. Her own education has been very important to her throughout this time. Her experiences of Maori culture and living through the Canterbury earthquake in 2011 have had significant impacts on her general philosophy and approach to life. Suzy’s passion for teaching began in New Zealand in a role delivering first aid training across Auckland and the far north from lawyers in the city to forestry workers in remote locations. More recently she taught on a health sciences foundation programme in Auckland before commencing her PhD in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Suzy gained her position as a full time lecturer at SHU in July 2017 whilst continuing her doctoral studies in psychology, and says her key ingredients are being happy, approachable, sharing stories and working collaboratively with students to help them to reach their full potential.

‘She is always willing to share her own experiences with us in order to help us understand things better, she replies to emails straight away even when she isn’t on campus. She’s just one of those teachers that make learning so easy!’

Hannah Ketcher

Hannah is a home-grown Sheffield Hallam midwifery graduate. The inspirational teaching she received encouraged her to continue on to join the team as a lecturer. She continues to practice clinically and her teaching reflects both recent clinical experience and current research.

Hannah is passionate about normality, that is the promotion of a normal birth experience. One of the most important facets of midwifery is the empowerment of women and their families, which is highlighted in her teaching.

Hannah continues to develop herself as a lecturer through personal study, which she then passes on to her students. She teaches in a blended learning style, enabling lectures and seminars to be interactive through the use of technology enhanced learning. She encourages students to develop their own problem-solving skills, which they can apply to both their theory and practical learning – a skill that is necessary in pursuing a successful midwifery career.

‘Hannah is one of the most inspirational teachers I have ever been taught by. She always has a smile on her face, is so enthusiastic about what we are learning and her lectures are engaging and different. She has inspired me to complete the course and hopefully become a midwife like her.’

Mr David Morrish

David has worked at Sheffield Hallam University as an academic on the BA (Hons) Fashion Design programme since 2010, having previously worked at the University of Lincoln. Prior to his academic role, he worked in the fashion, automotive and hospitality industries as a designer, product developer, trainer and manager.

Recently David has had a growing interest in sustainable fashion practice and issues relating to climate change and the demise of artisan skills. David passionately believes that sustainability and ecological awareness are essential aspects of all education for the 21st century, and has been finding different ways to bring this into his work and the course curriculum. This has included forging ties with like-minded companies on a local, national and international scale, to include Westwood Studios, Oxfam and Bluebell Wood hospice.

‘David is genuinely interested in everything his students are doing, he always goes the extra mile to ensure that every students individual needs are met. He is a great inspiration to his students in the fashion industry and his positive attitude really inspires his students to not only develop their technical skills but also to develop as a person.’

Mr Simon R. Nicholls

Simon was appointed as Lecturer in French Studies (Politics and Society specialist) at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2013, having spent three years as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and after having conducted 18 months of PhD fieldwork on island identities, histories, societies and cultures in the Balearic Islands and Corsica. He previously worked as a Teacher of French in both secondary and further education settings.

For Simon, teaching has always been about conveying the importance of sound subject knowledge, its application to the real world and transforming the lives of learners. Alongside his teaching and research in more general French, Hispanic and Mediterranean area studies, as well as theories of nationalism, he continues to maintain a specific interest in Catalan language and culture, heading its introduction to the University Language Scheme since 2017.

‘Simon is a teacher who inspires you to come to lessons. He is so enthusiastic with his subject and his overall attitude towards us, as well as making everyone feel very cared for and comfortable.’

Dr Jennifer Rainbow

Dr Jennifer Rainbow (née Sloan) has worked at SHU since 2014 in the Department of Law and Criminology as a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. During her time at SHU, Jennifer has undertaken a number of different activities to try to engage students, including travelling with students on an international Comparative Criminal Justice summer school to Finland, Estonia, Russia and Latvia; and organising a number of prison visits in the UK. She has developed new partnerships to provide international mobility opportunities for students, as well as teaching and leading on numerous modules within Criminology, and acting as an academic advisor. Jennifer has also worked hard to develop the University Genders Network as a co-chair, and is in the process of writing her second sole-authored book in the area of prisons.

This is Jennifer’s third University Inspirational Teaching Award and therefore is receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s award. She is honoured and very surprised to be here and is unendingly grateful for the incredible support she receives from her colleagues and family.

‘She is very enthusiastic about the subject she teaches and is a very friendly and happy person. Her enthusiasm encourages me to want to learn more about criminology as she makes the subject interesting.’

Nicky Snowdon

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 SHU soon after that.

Nicky’s work at SHU has included teaching physiotherapy at undergraduate and postgraduate level 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. She is currently working towards her doctorate, with the support of the Allied Health Professions Department.

This is Nicky’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Nicky thinks hard about the best way for her students to learn and makes information easy and logical to follow. She is always available to give constructive and well thought out feedback and guidance.’

Ms Vicky Thirlaway

Vicky practiced as a criminal defence solicitor specialising in representing young people in the criminal justice system, before entering Higher Education in 2006.

She joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2013, where she teaches criminal law, constitutional law and human rights.

Vicky is currently studying for a doctorate examining freedom of expression on the internet.

This is Vicky’s third Inspirational Teaching Award and is therefore receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

‘In my first year of my degree I was lacking inspiration and falling further behind, Vicky noticed how I had been and arranged a meeting with me. She gave me various tips and advice and essentially gave me the push and inspiration I needed to continue. Her work is amazing and something I aspire to be one day. Without Vicky I probably wouldn’t be here in my second year and hopefully pursuing a career in law.’

Dr Alexander Tziamalis

Alex studied Economics at an undergraduate and postgraduate level and continued his studies at London School of Economics where he did a Master’s degree in Social Psychology. His PhD topic at the University of Sheffield was on student migration to the UK.

After his doctoral research, Alex worked as an Analyst in the UK Civil Service (2009-2012) which he left to work as a full-time Lecturer in Economics, at Sheffield Hallam University.

He is the module leader in three large modules and teaches in five. He is the editor in a custom textbook in Economics and regularly writes articles for the media, attracting over 170,000 readers globally.

Economics can be dry. Alex makes it more interesting with the help of case studies that ground theory to reality, with humour and respect for his students’ pace.

‘Alex is always very up-beat and positive in both lectures and seminars. He strives to make himself approachable and will help you in any way he can to ensure you reach your full potential. He made me feel much more confident around both my studies and placement work, making my whole learning experience a very positive one.’

Mrs Tanya L Urquhart-Kelly

Tanya is an enthusiastic member of the child field nursing team at Sheffield Hallam University. She commenced in her substantive post in February 2017 following a 15 month secondment. She worked previously in the NHS for 28 years with her most current clinical role being that of Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Paediatric and Teenage & Young Adult Late Effects at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

She graduated from Sheffield School of Nursing and Midwifery in 1993 (RGN/ RSCN) and has worked in a variety of roles within paediatric oncology/ haematology nursing since qualifying. She was awarded distinction and the faculty prize for her contemporary Masters Degree in the care of teenagers and young adults with cancer from Coventry University. She also holds certificates in endocrine nursing and research studies and continues to publish and present nationally/internationally around endocrine care for survivors of childhood cancer and transition.

‘Tanya is truly passionate about her subject and delivers that through her teaching. She has really inspired me to go out onto placement and make a real difference. She puts into perspective how rewarding, challenging and uplifting children’s nursing can be.’



Nadiah Abdul Aziz

Nadiah gained her Doctorate of Philosophy (Political Communications) from the University of Malaya in 2015 and has also studied in Australia.

Nadiah is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Communication and Creative Industries at Tunku Abdul Rahman University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She has received this award for her inspirational teaching on the BA Hon International Public Relations course in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.


‘She guides students in a very good way in giving comments on their work. She explains as much as she can in lectures and also tutorial classes in case students do not understand. She also provides a very free space for students to have their own tutorial discussions and share opinions in class.’

Ryan Cheah

Ryan Cheah is an educator with international and multidisciplinary design experience mainly in furniture, spaces and branding. He is interested in design education, critique, research, and design as a transferable skill across other fields.

Currently a lecturer at INTI’s Center of Art and Design in Malaysia, he is also completing a part-time MBA while actively contributing at a local TEDx organisation as a committee.

He aspires to be a specialist in the intersection of design, education and business.

Ryan holds two design degrees from Nottingham Trent University and completed his MPhil in Education from the University of Cambridge in 2016.

‘Ryan genuinely cares about the wellbeing of his students. He puts in extra effort in teaching us in terms of content and spends a lot of his free time giving us one to one tutorials. He also gives personal feedback sessions after our submissions and presentations which are beneficial for every student.’

Jeff Durber

Jeff is a senior lecturer in the Sheffield Institute of Arts Jewellery & Metalwork team, teaching across all years of the BA. He is also the Course Leader for the SHU/SHAPE BA Jewellery & Metalwork Top-Up delivered at the Hong Kong Design Institute, where students follow the same programme of study as our final year BA students in Sheffield.

Jeff is passionate about teaching and design education, he strongly believes in the power of art, design and craft based courses in promoting positive change. He feels honoured to have received this award for a second time and says of his practice: ‘It is a privilege and a pleasure to be involved in helping students respond to design challenges and build their resilience, creative confidence and ability to communicate their ideas and enthusiasm’.

‘Jeff always encourages students to try, think, imagine and explore, which is very important when we feel frustrated and lack confidence. Jeff provides us with more insight, effective and informative comments and feedback, helping us in project planning and getting inspiration.’

Ho Keung Sing

Keung Sing has been teaching in higher education for nearly 30 years. He is now a lecturer at the School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong, where he is committed to teaching excellence. He has also been engaged in editing textbooks and producing teaching materials. His edited Sociology textbook has been adopted for undergraduate students by the Open University of Hong Kong for more than ten years.

Keung Sing was the winner of the College Awards on Contribution to Teaching and Learning (2001-2002) at College of Higher Vocational Studies, City University of Hong Kong.

Keung Sing is honoured to receive an Inspirational Teaching Award. He will retain the commitment to teaching excellence and inspiration for students.

‘Keung Sing has abundant knowledge, learning resources and good teaching skills. He inspires students in their learning and is always willing to provide help and advice.’

Wilbert Mutoko

Dr. Wilbert R. Mutoko is a Researcher, Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for Business Management at Botswana Accountancy College. He delivers lectures in Business Management and Entrepreneurship & Business Leadership. He has a PhD in Business Management (North West University, SA) and an MBA from MANCOSA (SA) as well as a Diploma in Education (University of Zimbabwe). Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of Botswana Institute of Chartered Accountants.

He ran small businesses and was a manager in the corporate world for 8 years until he joined Botswana Accountancy College as a lecturer in April 2013. He is passionate about delivering exceptional customer service and is glad that his students chose him for this prestigious award.

‘Dr Mutoko motivates students in and out of class. His classes are always lively, additionally he is approachable, honest, fair and communicates eloquently regarding what is required. He has been this way since I began my program. It is hard to forget him if he has taught you.’

Munyaradzi Nyandoro

Munyaradzi is a senior lecturer in the school of business and leisure at Botswana Accountancy College (BAC). Munyaradzi is a holder of Msc Finance and Investment from the National University of Science and Technology (Zimbabwe), Bsc Economics from the University of Zimbabwe and Institute of Bankers certificate (Zim) and is a current Chartered Financial Analyst level 3 candidate.

Munyaradzi worked in the Zimbabwe insurance industry for six years as a Risk Analyst. He has taught for over 10 years in tertiary institutions in Zimbabwe and Botswana. He teaches Economics (CIMA), Financial Management, Corporate Finance, Statistics, Risk Management and Investment modules at undergraduate level. He has also supervised more than 50 dissertations at undergraduate level and is passionate about green investments and socially responsible investment.

Munyaradzi has received four BAC Executive Director awards of excellence in recognition of his contribution to teaching and learning. This is his second overseas award for inspirational teaching in two years.

‘Munyaradzi makes sure every student understands what he is teaching and all aspects of the module are covered. He emails us extra work and tips and tricks to help with studying.’

Lin Wu

Dr. Lin Wu is a Lecturer in Business Management in the Sino-British College (SBC) USST in Shanghai. Prior to joining the SBC, Lin worked in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China as a PhD candidate in Operations Management. Her research centres on sustainability-related issues in the areas of Operations and Supply Chain Management. Her research works have been published in international journals such as Business Strategy and the Environment and The International Journal of Human Resource Management. Lin is currently working as a part-time postdoctoral researcher in Zhejiang University, which is a top university in China famous for research and teaching excellence.

Lin has been working on various programs in the SBC. For Sheffield Hallam University, she has taught both Level 5 and Level 6 modules including Strategic Planning: Shaping the Future, Managing in a Global Context, and Implementing Strategy and Change.

‘Lin has helped me to produce my best work which I can be very proud of. She teaches very clearly, is patient with us and takes the time to help with any questions. The class is always enjoyable and has enabled me to consider the module as a career path.’



Professor Keith Davids

Keith Davids is interested in skill acquisition and expertise in sport and the design of learning environments and talent development programmes. A related interest concerns how to enhance levels and quality of physical activity in different community groups such as children, elderly people and those with diseases and disabilities.

He has over 30 years relevant experience of teaching and conducting research with international collaborators in related fields of Sports Science, Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, Physical Education and Human Movement Science. He has held academic positions in the UK, Finland, New Zealand and Australia. He has many published journal articles and books and has supervised over 40 Postgraduate students to completion of Masters and Doctoral research degrees. His applied scientific research has been conducted in collaboration with sports professionals and organisations in Australia, New Zealand, and England, as well as the Finnish Government.

‘Professor Davids consistently provides challenging, motivational, and inspiring supervision to me and fellow PhD students from across the globe. He adopts a unique supervisory style to stretch and ‘get the best’ out of students whilst at the same time offering a supportive learning environment to thrive in.’

Dr Sharon Kivland

Sharon Kivland is an artist, writer, editor and publisher living and working in Bretagne, France and London, England. Her work considers what is put at stake by art, politics, and psychoanalysis; reading and politics are evoked and feminised. Her recent projects have followed revolutionary movements in France, exploring fashion and education, and have included rewritings of Marx’s footnotes to Capital and Emile Zola’s novel Nana (Reading Nana, 2017). Kivland established the imprint MA BIBLIOTHÈQUE in 2013, publishing books that address reading and re-reading. Her book A Lover’s Discourse / un discours amoureux was shortlisted for the Bob Calle Prix de livre’artiste
in 2017.

In recent years, Sharon has exhibited her work in France, Germany and London and is currently preparing projects for Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Zitadelle, Berlin, and Circuit, Lausanne.

‘Sharon’s commitment to, and interest in, my area of research and its development has been both inspiring and supportive. Whilst challenging and questioning of my process, she simultaneously inspired my confidence and belief in it. Our conversations have been an invaluable part of my research process.’

Dr Bronwen Maxwell

Bronwen is Head of Commissioned Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education (SIOE) and is Deputy-Head of the Centre for Development and Research in Education. She leads a substantial portfolio and has extensive experience of directing large-scale national and regional research and evaluation projects, and in leading, managing and supporting research staff. She specialises in mixed methods designs and theory-based approaches to evaluation. Research, publications, teaching and supervision are focused on: policy and practice impact and implementation; teacher professional learning, development, knowledge and well-being; and evidence-informed practice.

Bronwen established the SIOE research-engaged practice network to bring together practitioners and university researchers and provides consultancy and accredited courses for leaders and teachers undertaking research and development. Previously Bronwen led the large Masters Professional Development in Education Programme and has many years experience of leadership and teaching in FE and HE.

‘Bronwen has been steadfast, reliable and supportive all the way through – and in the final few months went above and beyond to help me to achieve my doctorate. I am hugely grateful.’

Dr. Cecile Morris

Cecile is the subject group leader for Food and Nutrition (SBS) and is privileged to work with colleagues who are passionate about the student experience as well as their subject.

Cecile says she has learnt a lot since joining Sheffield Hallam in 2011, as the team is multi-disciplinary in nature covering food marketing to nutritional physiology. Although her own background is in food chemistry; over the years she has developed an interest in how food structure impacts on its sensory properties and more recently in food choices and consumer behaviour.

‘Cecile has been a steadfast support for me throughout my PhD. She has provided me with advice and guidance, helped to celebrate my successes and also guided me through challenging phases with support and good humour. She has encouraged me to get involved in a range of opportunities and demonstrated genuine interest in my achievements and progression. She has been integral to my PhD journey and is an inspirational supervisor, colleague and person.’

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 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 outstanding and internationally leading research grant

This is Sameh’s second Inspirational Research Supervisor Award.

‘Professor Saad’s invaluable support and guidance is a key to the success in my research and his constructive advice has been significant for the progress and quality of my project. He sees me as a research partner rather than as a student and knows how to inspire me and give me the encouragement that I need.’



Emma Baxter

Emma joined the University in 2008 and previously worked in a variety of roles including a Retail Manager and an Insurance Team Leader.

She currently works with around 400 students and provides support and advice for students and academic staff.

Emma enjoys the variety of the Course Administrator role and says her favourite time of the year is Graduation as it is so nice to catch up with the students and hear about their new jobs.

Emma feels privileged to work with a great Student Services and Academic team who really care about the student journey.

‘Emma helped me when I did not have anywhere to go over the Christmas period by helping sort extensions out for my deadlines so I did not miss any of my work until everything was sorted back home. She also helped me by introducing services that could help during this situation as well as being very understanding about the matter.’

Tessa Borg

Tessa is delighted to receive a university award for the second year in a row.

Having lived in Sheffield all her life she joined the University in 2001. She has held various roles in the Sport department and was appointed as the very first Student Support Officer in 2008.

The student comments are lovely to hear, however, Tessa continues to celebrate her success by sharing her admiration for the fantastic colleagues that she works alongside daily.

Having a true passion for her role, Tessa says that although sometimes quite challenging, she finds great enjoyment in knowing the advice and guidance she provides to students, helps them to navigate through University life and realise their potential.

Tessa believes students are at the heart of what we do and we learn by listening to their needs and experience. Tessa says she is grateful for the valuable feedback they give us.

‘Tessa made a significant difference because she enabled me to be much more relaxed and less worried about any deadlines I had. She also was there to provide support and advice on numerous other occasions where it was needed.’

Ms Polly Newman

Polly started working at Sheffield Hallam University in 2007 in the Sheffield Business School and then moved to the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing to work as a Student Support Officer in Nursing and Midwifery in 2008. She currently works with 750 students, providing advice and guidance and pastoral support. The role can be challenging and demanding, but ultimately very worthwhile.

Polly really appreciates working with the students to fulfill their potential and assisting them to reach their goals. She also believes it is important to have close relationships with colleagues in the immediate team and Nursing Academics. Graduation and Induction are rewarding times of the year and Polly is currently planning Induction for approximately 400 BSc Nursing Students starting in September 2018.

This is Polly’s third Outstanding Student Support Award and is therefore receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award.

‘Sitting down and lending an ear to my problems. I found that comforting and I was touched by Polly’s patience, kindness and understanding.’

Dr Karen Quine

Karen Quine has been teaching Higher Education for over 20 years. She gained her EdD from the University of Derby in 2008 focusing on action research within a manufacturing organisation.

Karen joined Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 where her teaching and research interests focus upon Strategic Management and Change.

Before joining SHU Karen worked at a Lifelong Learning Network (YHELLN) as Manager for curriculum development before returning to her substantive post at Doncaster College leading the MBA programme at Dearne Valley Business School after successful completion of her MA in Marketing Management from the University of Hull. Prior to this she had been Executive Manager of Higher Education at Dearne Valley College.

‘Karen is an exuberant leader who makes an obvious positive impact to her environment at all times. She is extremely personable and approachable, listening to her student’s concerns while providing honest but caring feedback and guidance. Students are willing to open up and talk through issues with Karen that they may not feel able to talk through with others. I feel extremely blessed to have her as my course leader.’