Inspirational Teaching Awards 2019


Paul Allan

Paul is a Senior lecturer and Work Planner for the International Business Subject Group, and is module leader for Global Governance in International Business (Level 6) at Sheffield Hallam University and Botswana Accountancy College.

Paul has 5 business and management degrees and a professional Doctorate in Business Administration. He also holds full Chartered Fellowship, the highest level of professional membership that can be awarded with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Paul also has 20 years industry experience having held several senior management positions in private, public and charity organisations. His research interests include International Business, Holistic Learning; Knowledge Management; Human Resource Management; Operations, Global Governance and Strategic Management internationally.

Paul is passionate about his students’ learning and future career aspirations.

‘Paul’s delivery in lectures and seminars is not only clear to follow and learn from, but engaging and interesting. He always goes the extra mile to make sure every student has understood the content.’

Michelle Blackburn

Michelle Blackburn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, her first degree majored in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Human Resource Management. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.

Prior to becoming an academic Michelle spent 20 years in HR consultancy advising and actively supporting public and private sector organisations. Michelle is a Principal Lecturer and co-leads on Student Experience in the Department of Management at Sheffield Business School.

She has taught Master’s students in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Malawi and undergraduates in India and Hong Kong. Michelle writes on both HR and pedagogical practice and sometimes both together! At home Michelle is supported by the very patient Martin and in her spare time she crochets all sorts, often modelled by her poodle Lara. Her sources of inspiration? Her mum (and David Attenborough!)

This is Michelle’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Michelle’s teaching quality is recognised by all students on our course, with her constant support and guidance. We always feel that we can approach her no matter what the topic or circumstance.’

Hayley Bradley

Hayley Jayne Bradley is a senior lecturer in ‘Performance for Stage and Screen’ at Sheffield Hallam University.

Her research interests span late nineteenth/early twentieth century popular theatre and culture including early film, stage machinery and technology, collaboration, and adaptation. Her most recent publication was a chapter in The Cambridge Companion to English Melodrama, (2018) ed. by Carolyn Williams on ‘Stagecraft, Spectacle and Sensation.’ Hayley is the Co-convenor of the TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association) ‘History and Historiography’ working group.

She is currently researching her first monograph, exploring British and American Theatrical Artisans: the professional craft of the late nineteenth century theatrical entrepreneur.

‘Hayley is always brilliant. She is full of energy and positivity and knows how to get a great response from her students. She has enhanced my learning experience by being a great, fun, and challenging lecturer.’

Patricia Day

Pat is an experienced nurse and teacher and worked in acute adult care settings for several years after qualifying as a nurse. Pat became a school nurse 20 years ago. This role fitted well with her interests in family health, health promotion and public health.

Pat enjoys working with children and young people and has specialist skills in mental health and sexual health. Pat is a sexual health practitioner and runs a youth clinic once a week on Saturdays. She also has an honorary contract with Sheffield Children’s Hospital and supports teenagers with mental health issues in a secondary school.

Pat is passionate about nursing and loves teaching students about primary care and public health. This is her second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Pat has been my tutor for most of my health science sessions and she is great at getting us to think critically about the topic. She is well informed and has definitely been an inspiration for my future in nursing.’

Janice Haigh

Janice is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and BA (Hons) Childhood Studies courses, teaching child and adolescent development, health and well-being and childhood and loss on both courses.

In 1995 after gaining a first degree in Psychology, Janice began working at Hallam as an Associate Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, whilst also studying for her PhD. She has taught on a variety of courses in Psychology and on the Radiography, Occupational Therapy and Nursing degrees. Janice was also an Associate Lecturer for Sheffield University Medical School, teaching ‘Introduction to Psychology for Medical Students’. Following this she began work as an Associate Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies course and has been a permanent full-time Senior Lecturer on this course since 2006.

Janice’s main interests are in adolescent development, adolescent mental health and well-being and supporting children and young people experiencing loss.

‘Janice is the most helpful, inspiring tutor I have ever had. She teaches in a way that guides us positively by including lots of time for questions and always has time for us in her busy schedule.’

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 HEA and course leader for MSc Cancer Biology, she teaches on a range of courses across the Faculty, receiving recognition for her interactive anatomy lectures at the forefront of practice.

Sarah is the postgraduate module leader for the Cellular and Molecular Basis of Cancer and Cellular Pathology modules. She is also the lead for the Essentials of Bioscience for Nursing Practice undergraduate module.

Her 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.

This is Sarah’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Sarah has been the stand out teacher so far in my nursing course. She has the ability to captivate a lecture theatre and brings exceptional and infectious enthusiasm to the subject she teaches.’

Paul Luke

Paul joined SHU in early 2018, teaching across the BA (Hons) Fashion Management & Communication curriculum with a particular focus on the communication of fashion concepts and narratives through innovative delivery techniques.

As Course Leader, Paul also works with external professional clients to contextualise key impacting issues within the discipline. These have included Adidas, H&M, Arcadia, Dior and Sony Music.

His MA topic at Central Saint Martins investigated the subject of dynamic delivery teaching techniques, resulting in a nationwide campaign in collaboration with mental health charity Mind.

Paul describes his teaching style as a ‘creative riot’ and feels that a typical day is only complete when each student leaves the building knowing something new about themselves and their inner capabilities.

‘Paul has completely changed our course and does all he can to make our time at university positive, successful and worthwhile. I’ve never met anyone so caring, understanding and supportive.’

Tonderai Maswera

Tonderai’s teaching career in the UK started weeks into his PhD studies at Loughborough University. After covering classes for one of his PhD supervisors, he was given his own classes to teach Web Development.

After completing his PhD in Computer Science, Tonderai joined Aberdeen College (now North East Scotland College) as a Lecturer in Computing. This was his first time teaching at a further education institution with a focus on providing vocational training and education.

He joined the Department of Computing at Sheffield Hallam University in June 2013 as Lecturer in Web Programming and Multimedia. His main teaching interests include: Web Application Development, Mobile Application Development, Web Systems Architecture and for the past 4 years has been leading the MSc Computing conversion course.

‘Tonderai was the reason I resumed my studies in MSc Computing at Hallam. He is brilliant at communicating his knowledge and explains complex concepts in an easy to understand manner.’

Zoe Nangah

Zoe is a Senior Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Education, Psychology and Counselling degree. She is also module lead for the FD Health and Wellbeing module and supervises undergraduate projects.

Zoe has taught in Higher Education for 14 years, delivering on degrees in Applied Social Science, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling and psychology post-graduate courses. Zoe enjoys making a difference and empowering learners and her delivery is informed by her qualifications and active CPD engagement across educational, counselling and psychology spheres.

Zoe’s research interest is in mental health support and counselling approaches. She is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She maintains a private practice providing counselling for clients and supervision for counsellors. Zoe has delivered training to support charities and has published within practice journals in the field to encourage the use of counselling skills/models within non-counselling practice.

‘Zoe has been passionate and enthusiastic in her teaching, making the subject more enjoyable. She has done a great job at ensuring our understanding and checking gaps in our previously learnt knowledge.’

Simon Nicholls

Simon was appointed as Lecturer in French Studies (Politics and Society specialist) at Hallam in September 2013, having previously been an Associate Lecturer at the University of Nottingham and conducting 18 months of PhD fieldwork in the Balearic Islands and Corsica. He also spent 7 years as a Teacher of French in secondary and further education settings.

Simon’s teaching has always been about conveying the importance of sound subject knowledge, its application to the real world and transforming the lives of learners. Equally, he enjoys supporting his students and assisting them in achieving their goals during and after their degrees, whether that be further study, skilled employed or in heightening their aspirations. Alongside his teaching and research in more general French, Hispanic and Mediterranean area studies, as well as theories of nationalism, Simon continues to maintain a specific interest in Catalan language and culture, heading its introduction to the University Language Scheme since 2017.

This is Simon’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Simon is extremely knowledgeable in his topic and has high expectations of all his students. He really wants you to learn as much as possible and this has inspired me to take my grades to the highest level I can.’

David O’Sullivan

David is a senior lecturer of mathematics and a researcher in pure mathematics and mathematics pedagogy in higher education. He joined the maths group at Sheffield Hallam in November 2015, prior to which he studied mathematics at the University of Sheffield before undertaking a PhD at the same university.

He is course leader and final year project co-ordinator for the BSc Mathematics degree, and has also had the role of final year tutor for the last two years. On the maths degree he teaches a range of topics in both pure maths and mathematical modelling, including cryptography, game theory, and machine learning.

David divides his research between ‘pedagogy in higher education mathematics’, in which his current interests are in the use of games and recreations in teaching degree level mathematics, and work started during his PhD in the field of category-theoretic geometry.

‘David brings an incredible amount of enthusiasm and energy to his lectures, which makes them enjoyable. He has gone above and beyond in helping with our final year projects and sorting out meetings and help sessions.’

Joe Palmer

Joe completed his undergraduate Physiotherapy studies at York St John University and later attended SHU as a student to complete his MSc in 2014. He later joined the Physiotherapy team at SHU as a lecturer in 2017 after working as a Physiotherapist in a variety of clinical settings within the NHS and in professional football.

Joe’s clinical specialism is musculoskeletal practice and he teaches across all BSc (Hons) and Pre/Post Registration MSc Physiotherapy programmes. He also has an active teaching role on interdisciplinary advanced practice modules within the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

Joe continues to work clinically in Trauma and Orthopaedics and in an Extended Scope role as a first contact Physiotherapy practitioner in primary care. He is also an active researcher with on-going studies relating to musculoskeletal practice.

‘Joe’s teaching was exceptional throughout my whole time at Hallam which has inspired me to be a physio like him. He explains difficult topics simply and makes students relate to him and feel good about themselves.’

Anjana Raghavan

Anjana is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics.

Situated in many worlds, and homes, her teaching and research interests include decolonial feminisms, love, and critical social and cultural theory.

Anjana has published work on cosmopolitanism, social identities, and, most recently, on spiritual practice as resistance. She is committed to creating compassionate, joyous, and critical spaces of knowledge, conversation and action, both in education, and the world at large.

This is Anjana’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Anjana’s lectures are so powerful and thought provoking. She manages to convey some hard topics as really vital to learn, but manages to do it with a sense of optimism.’

Hester Reeve

Hester Reeve is an artist and Reader in Fine Art. Her teaching background is in former Czechoslovakia, where she led environmental awareness workshops, and as creative arts lecturer at HMP Lancaster Castle.

Bohm Dialogue has become core to both her teaching and research. Venues showing her work include Nirox, South Africa, Tanzquartier, Vienna, Tate Britain (working under the umbrella of The Emily Davison Lodge) and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park who published the first monograph on her work, ‘Ymedaca’, in 2015.

In 2017 Hester was the first artist in residence at the Centre for Philosophy and Visual Arts, Kings College Philosophy Department, London.

‘No one has ever really inspired and motivated me in the way Hester has. She is truly an amazing tutor and has given me so much knowledge and self confidence in my work.’

Martin Roberts

Martin joined SHU in 2004 as a Senior Lecturer in Accounting and Finance, after working in accounting for large FTSE100 companies such as, Cadbury’s, Smith & Nephew and Rexam.

Martin also worked with Eldon Electric Ltd as a consultant UK Finance Director until 2015, after having saved Eldon from bankruptcy in 2003. Due to this experience and previous involvement in industry at director level, he was awarded the status of Fellow Chartered Management Accountant (FCMA), which is the highest award granted by the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

Martin completed his PhD in 2017 and his research explores how accounting helps students improve their employability skills with a particular focus on communication.

This is Martin’s third University Inspirational Teaching Award and receives the Vice-Chancellor’s award in recognition of his achievements.

‘Martin always makes time for his students. He makes lectures enjoyable and teaches until every student understands and no one is left behind.’

Joanne Robson

Joanne is part of the Primary and Early Years Teacher Education team. Her main areas of specialism are Primary and Early Years Mathematics and Safeguarding. Joanne is also a Student Support Tutor and Academic Tutor. Her recent research project involved working alongside the Educational Team at Doncaster prison to help build a picture of the educational identity of male offenders and to reflect on the impact of their educational journey.

Before working at Hallam she was a primary school teacher. Alongside class teaching she was also Inclusion Manager and later a Numbers Count Teacher, 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, and also delivered targeted support, including mentoring teachers and support staff through the modelling of quality first teaching and learning.

This is Joanne’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Jo reminds us constantly of the value and impact we can have and that we can make a difference. She shares stories to show that with hard work anything can be achieved.’

David Strafford

David is a Senior Lecturer in Events Management, within the Department of Service Sector Management in SBS. He has been teaching full time for six years at SHU and this is his second Inspirational Teaching Award. David has over 20 years’ experience in the events industry, and considers himself an events practitioner as well as an academic, bringing current and relevant event case studies into the classroom. He is also a Placement Employability Tutor and is enthusiastic about students gaining as much real-world events experience as possible, alongside their academic work.

David’s partner of 13 years was diagnosed with cancer in April 2018 and she tragically passed away in May 2019. David is extremely honoured to have been nominated by students for this award during an incredibly tough academic year and would like to acknowledge the support from colleagues in the Events Management team, specifically, Mark Norman, Phil Crowther, Jane Tattersall, Daryl May, Charlotte Rowley and Stewart Hilland. David would like to dedicate this award to them, in gratitude.

‘David is committed 100% to the course and the students he teaches. He has a genuine passion for the industry which has reassured me in my career choice.’

Deanna Taylor

Deanna completed a Biomedical Sciences degree in 2001 and went straight into studying nursing at the University of Toronto. After qualifying in 2003, she worked as a Registered Nurse in Australia, Canada and then England. Even as a student nurse Deanna always had a passion for Public Health and in 2007 became an alumni of SHU after successfully completing the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing course in Health Visiting. She worked for several years as a Health Visitor and then more recently for over 7 years as a Contraception and Sexual Health Specialist Nurse, a role she held until taking up her current position as a Lecturer at SHU.

Since commencing her current post Deanna has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education and plans to continue her Masters in the fall. Deanna says studying at SHU has given her a broader understanding and appreciation of the student experience – another thing she is incredibly passionate about – which is one of the reasons that she is so proud to learn she has made a positive contribution to the experiences of her students.

‘Deanna has inspired me in every session she has taught and has given me a thirst for knowledge in all areas of Nursing, which has increased my confidence in my time out on practice.’

Richard Tune

Richard joined SHU in November 2017 from East Midlands Ambulance Service, where he worked as a Paramedic and Clinical Tutor. Richard teaches anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, practice education, and supports with practical skills.

Richard says his inspiration comes from his students and their passion to learn. His biggest reward is when students apply classroom teaching to operational practice and he loves hearing stories of how this has saved lives, or otherwise benefitted patients.

With a background in psychology Richard is particularly interested in ‘human factors’ in healthcare. Richard still works operationally and often sees his students on their placement. Richard was published in the College of Paramedic’s Practice Educator handbook. He is surprised and humbled to receive this award and feels it is a reflection of the Paramedic Science department’s overall teaching and the superb learning opportunities afforded to students at Sheffield Hallam University.

‘Richard has inspired me to aim high, work hard, and has provided massive encouragement and positivity, as well as putting great effort into his teaching content and how he delivers it.’

Kathryn Warren

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 skills within Nursing Students to 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.

Kathryn holds a Pre-Registration, Post-Registration, Interprofessional and International teaching portfolio, working with students from level 4 to 7, from within SHU and externally within a large partner service organisation. She also has responsibility for overviewing the personal development of students as an academic advisor.

This is Kathryn’s second Inspirational Teaching Award

‘Kath is one of the most positive and encouraging people I’ve ever met. She makes you feel like you can conquer the world, and is the person you always want to encounter when you feel down.’



Cynthia Chakahwata

Cynthia Chakahwata is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for International Finance and Banking Degree at Botswana Accountancy College (BAC). She has also been the Patron of the Finance and Banking Society at BAC since 2015.

Cynthia is a banker by profession and has vast experience in the banking sector having worked in various departments at Barclays Bank. She has 8 years lecturing experience in finance and banking modules and produced excellent results. She holds a Master’s degree in Finance and Investment, an MBA in Banking and Finance, Bachelor’s Honours degree in Economics and a Diploma in Banking and Certificate in Accountancy.

Cynthia is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK and an Accredited Trainer and Assessor with the Botswana Qualification Association. Currently, she is studying for her PhD in Finance at the University of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa. She resides in Gaborone in Botswana.

‘Cynthia always pushes us to do our best. She has a passion for teaching and it shows in every lesson and tutorial as well as in the way she checks up on her students and helps us where we fall short.’

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, and research. Currently a lecturer at INTI’s Center of Art and Design (ICAD), Ryan is also a co-editor for the first ICAD publication, TAPE Magazine. 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. He also acquired his MBA from the University of Wollongong recently.

This is Ryan’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Ryan’s teaching is up-to-date and he has broad general knowledge He is always able to help and teaches us to be independent while being able to co-operate with other students.’

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). He is also 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.

This is Wilbert’s second Inspirational Teaching Award.

‘Wilbert goes above and beyond to make our learning experience great. He inspires us to be the best people we can be and gives useful advice.’

Alice Njoroge

Alice is currently a lecturer at Botswana Accountancy College. She has been with the institution since June 2014, doing what she passionately loves: transforming people’s lives. She lectures across all programmes from Banking & Finance, Accounting & Finance, Business Management and Entrepreneurship Business and Leadership. In addition, she has over 12 years of experience working as a lecturer and has also worked as an Administrator.

She holds a Master’s Degree from Amity University in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Information Technology, and is also a member of the Association of Business Executives.

Alice says her passion for lecturing can be traced back when she was a young girl back in Primary School. She would always self-appoint herself to help others in the areas where they had difficulties. The reason? She likes getting people excited about the things she is excited about and putting a smile on other people’s faces by transforming their lives.

‘Alice is a great teacher who does her absolute best to make sure everyone understands, pushes everyone to do their best and always offers her time to us to get further clarity on anything we may need.’

Ijeoma Okpanum

Dr. Ijeoma Jacklyn Okpanum is a lecturer in Business Management in the Sino-British College, Shanghai, China.

With a background in Banking and Finance, Ijeoma started her career in the Nigerian banking industry, and a few years later moved to the UK under the Nigerian PTDF scholarship scheme to pursue a Master’s degree in International Oil and Gas Management.

In 2012, she moved to the Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow to pursue a PhD in Organizational Behavior where she also worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the area of Business and Management. In addition, Ijeoma worked as a tutor in Glasgow International College (Kaplan) in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Marketing.

‘Ijeoma always makes sure that we engage in class especially during tutorials. She definitely challenged me to get out of my comfort zone during group work and encourages us to express our opinions through debates.’

Mohd Sufi

Mohd Sufi graduated with a Master’s in Urban Development and Management from Mara University of Technology Malaysia, and has worked in the Interior Design Industry since 2005, most recently as Interior Design Manager at a local well-known hospitality Interior Design firm dealing with projects both locally and internationally. He has also been fortunate enough to work with some exceptional clients on projects that span from residential refurbishment, food and beverages, and new-builds to key commercial and hospitality fit-outs.

Good design realizes the potential of any space and involves considered choices teamed with a sense of bravery. As an Interior Design lecturer, he encourages dialogue between interior design and architecture by providing students with knowledge of architectural history, spatial relationships and organizations, methods and materials, construction codes and building systems, and the need to restore the natural connections between a building, its interior, its inhabitants and the environment.

‘He added depth to the learning experience, and was always there as a guiding hand, making you think for your self as a designer and delivering excellence in his knowledge.’

Sue-Jane Yeo

Sue-Jane Yeo teaches on the BA Hon Graphic Design course at the INTI Center of Art and Design, Malaysia.

Growing up in a family of educators, Sue-Jane was taught to respect and empathise with teachers at a young age. She has been teaching for 7 years and has learnt that it takes a lot of patience and a whole lot more of humility to teach others. She tries to learn as much as she teaches every day and her source of inspiration and knowledge comes from the stories of people around her – her students, colleagues, friends and loved ones.

She is very honoured to be receiving this award as one of the Overseas Partner Inspirational Teachers, but would not be able to be here without the strong support of her peers and the dynamics of a great teaching team.

‘An incredible teacher with the passion, the wisdom and the drive to spread knowledge and help students reach their goals. She has always broken norms and engaged us with different materials or activities for our better understanding.’



Tracey Coule

Tracey is Co-Leader of the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and former Programme Leader of the Doctorate in Business Administration at SHU. Her research focuses on organizing and managing work in nonprofit organizations and its linkages to wider societal arrangements, supplemented by a strong interest in research philosophy and methodology.

Tracey is Research-to-Practice Editor for Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ). Her research has featured in international journals such as NVSQ, Public Administration and Business & Society. She has contributed chapters to Understanding Social Enterprise: Theory and Practice (2011; 2016) and the Sage Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods (2017) and has played major roles in research projects for central government, health bodies and national and local nonprofit organizations.

‘Tracey has a unique style of compassion and creative challenge that has gently facilitated my renewed engagement in study and has provided unlimited inspiration to grow my confidence to believe in myself again.’

Andy Dearden

Andy’s research deals with participatory design of information and communications technology to improve lives for individuals and for communities. His work is particularly concerned with enabling people and groups who may have limited resources, or limited experience with technology, to shape systems for themselves.

Andy has worked with private, public & third sector organizations in the UK, South Asia, Indonesia and Africa. With funding from the National Institute for Healthcare Research (NIHR) he worked with the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care – South Yorkshire (CLAHRC-SY) to promote User-centred Healthcare Design (UCHD).

Andy also teaches undergraduate modules related to software design and is currently advising Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on staff participation in IT innovation.

‘Andy gave the encouragement and confidence to apply for a PhD at SHU. He manages to balance guiding and directing me when necessary whilst emphasising that my research is my own and that I am free to take it where my passion and interest lies.’

Sarah Forbes

Sarah is a senior lecturer in microbiology and the course lead for the MSc in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences. She is an early career researcher and the recent recipient of a Vice Chancellors Fellowship and a Hallam Guild award. Her research is focused within the fields of antimicrobial chemotherapy and microbial ecology, with a particular interest in developing anti-infective coatings for biomedical devices. She has supervised 4 PhD students and 7 MSc students, with current PhD projects focused on discovering anti-infective strategies to prevent catheter associated urinary tract infections.

Sarah is passionate about scientific outreach and has previously worked alongside the RCUK School-University Partnerships Initiative, Aim Higher Microbiology and Guerilla Science, who aim to engage and educate the public on topical scientific issues. She is currently working in collaboration with Museums Sheffield to bring awareness of infection and antimicrobial resistance to the wider community.

‘Sarah has been incredibly supportive throughout my PhD programme. She is so involved with the project and always available if I need help, has confidence in me and has fought my corner whenever I’ve needed it.’

Nick Hodge

Nick Hodge is Professor of Inclusive Practice in the Sheffield Institute of Education. Prior to joining Hallam in 1999, Nick was a special education teacher, supporting disabled children and their families in schools for over 15 years.

Nick’s research interests focus on the attitudinal and structural barriers that lead to disabled children and their parents and carers becoming marginalised, disempowered and excluded within the educational system. Much of Nick’s work has involved challenging deficit led models of disability that mark out children and young people as ‘disordered’ and ‘other’.

‘Nick has been a constant presence and has provided support, encouragement and guidance at every stage in the programme. What I most value about having Nick as a supervisor is his ability to give me detailed, balanced feedback.’



Kathy Baillie

As an academic and University link tutor, Kathy works closely alongside other academic, professional services and school staff to support students.

On the undergraduate 3-7 and 5-11 Education with QTS routes, staff have been increasingly signposting trainees to materials and services that can support their mental and physical wellbeing. As 2nd year leader, Kathy has introduced stress and time management input into lectures, seminars and tutorials. She has also altered the module delivery so that trainees have more opportunity to support each other in small group tutorials alongside their academic tutor, which has proved particularly popular. As year leader, Kathy tries to motivate trainees at regular intervals via email and/or Twitter and meet with trainees who have been identified as needing extra support or intervention.

Kathy also teaches BA and PG trainees about the importance of developing children’s mental and physical wellbeing and how this may be done.

‘Kathy has been an absolute rock for me during my time at university with her advice and guidance. She has supported both the academic side of my education and my development in my professional role as a teacher.’

Andy Bull

Andy is the PGCE Secondary subject leader for History and works with around 25 trainees each year helping develop their teaching through sessions in university and support on placement.

Originally from Lichfield, Andy read Modern History at University College, Oxford then came to Sheffield in 1985 to do his PGCE. He taught in schools locally for 19 years, learning how important and rewarding it is to support teachers new to the profession. From roles as a subject leader and ITE co-ordinator in schools, Andy says it felt like a natural progression to PGCE course leader at SHU, but a big (and scary!) responsibility nonetheless.

Although he retains other professional roles, working for Rotherham’s school improvement service, and being a chair of governors, Andy says that working with his PGCE trainees at SHU still brings him a unique and special sense of fulfilment, and probably more than any other thing helps keep him optimistic about education.

‘Andy has made a significant difference to my student experience, due to his support and guidance. He has showed amazing dedication and support in order to help me succeed.’

Charlotte McGuire

Charlotte began working at SHU in June 2009, providing support to trainee teachers in the Department of Teacher Education in a student services role. In 2016 she moved to a Student Support Adviser role in the Department of Finance, Accounting and Business Systems in the Sheffield Business School. Charlotte’s current role supports students in the Department of Service Sector Management.

Charlotte is passionate about supporting students experiencing difficult personal circumstances and finds it so rewarding to see them overcome challenges to succeed in their studies and achieve their potential. She enjoys the variety of the role and although sometimes demanding, she continues to be committed to supporting vulnerable students in achieving their goals. Charlotte feels privileged to work with the wider student services and academic teams in supporting the student journey.

‘Charlotte supported me when I considered quitting after my first week. She helped me set up my learning contract and speak to my lecturers about my disability making my university life more comfortable. She is amazing.’

Jozef Sen

Since joining the University full-time in 2012, Jozef has held a number of positions spanning both teaching and student support roles. Most recently he has worked within the Student Wellbeing Service as a Senior Wellbeing Practitioner and in 2019 Jozef was appointed as Lead Practitioner for Therapeutic Interventions at Sheffield Hallam University.

Jozef is a Registered and Accredited Counsellor/ Psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and offers a range of psychological and therapeutic interventions to students and staff within the university, alongside consultancy and training.

As well as personal recognition, Jozef believes that the student nominations and Outstanding Student Support award he has received is acknowledgement of the valuable, quality, and collective work carried out by the whole Student Wellbeing Service Team at SHU.

‘Meeting Jozef was possibly the greatest thing that could have happened to me this year, and I’m so grateful for his support, encouragement and constant positive radiance through what have been some very difficult times.’

Rea Smith

Rea is an alumni of SHU and joined the University in November 2008 in Registry Services and then moved to the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing in December 2009 to work within the Research Support team in the Centre for Health and Social Care Research. She started her current role as Doctoral Student Support in September 2014.

She currently works with around 140 research students within the Faculty providing support and advice to students and academic staff.

Rea thoroughly enjoys the diversity of her role and feels fortunate to work within a dedicated doctoral team who are all committed to supporting research students throughout their student journey at SHU.

Rea believes that students are at the core of this University and although the role can be demanding, she takes pride in knowing that students are supported to achieve their full potential to become future research leaders.

‘Rea has been the bedrock of support throughout my doctoral studies. Her advice, guidance and pastoral support helped me navigate my way through.’