Inspirational Teaching Awards 2011


Tony Cowell

tony cowellTony originally trained as an engineer at BREL and came to Sheffield Hallam as a student where he qualified to teach design and technology in 1990.

He taught design and technology in South Yorkshire schools for 18 years and was then appointed as a senior lecturer at the University’s Centre for Design and Technology Education in 2008 and now works in undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education.

Tony is currently joint professional year leader for design and technology education and course leader for PGCE Engineering. He also teaches on STEM, electronics and digital design and technology CPD courses for teachers.

His personal interests are in archaeology and the history of technology, and he is a member of the association of pole lathe turners.

‘He has passionately and enthusiastically shared his past teaching experiences and other life experiences to equip and motivate me in preparation for a teaching career.’

Philo Holland

Philo HollandPhilo came to Sheffield Hallam three years ago to discuss opportunities at the BBC for graduates. He liked it so much he applied for  job and now teaches on the BA Journalism, MA Media and MA International Broadcast journalism courses.

A graduate in modern languages, Philo learned his trade at Radio Sheffield and has worked at BBC Radio 5 Live as a reporter, producer, presenter and editor for over 10 years. He spent four years working with presenter Adrian Chiles on his Sony award-winning Saturday sports talk show. As a news and sports reporter Philo has covered stories across the world from general elections to World Cups and he has worked with some of the nation’s most respected broadcasters and personalities including Steve Wright, Eamonn Holmes and Victoria Derbyshire. He divides his time between the BBC and Sheffield Hallam.

Makes time for every student and puts their needs first. Always on hand to give advice. Very passionate about his job and gets the student excited about their own future.’

 John Walton

John WaltonSince graduating from Warwick with a degree in biochemistry, John worked in the computer industry for 10 years. Although based at the Europe Africa headquarters of Unisys, he worked in America, Eastern Europe and Ireland. He joined Sheffield Hallam in 1992 and helped prepare and deliver a new MSc in Information Technology and Management. This focused on the management of IT rather than the technical characteristics of IT itself.

His career moved into the area of strategy and knowledge management, which contributes to the development of core competences for the organisations that students join when they graduate.

In his spare time John enjoys walking and scrambling in the Peak District and appreciates classical music.

‘Positive, inspirational and a great motivator. Challenges students to think using non-traditional ways to innovate.’

Mark Edwards

Mark EdwardsFMark is a law graduate of Sheffield Hallam and joined the teaching staff in 2006. He worked in business for 20 years, most recently as an operations director in a Littlewoods Group company, before moving into academia. He has subsequently completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education.

Mark became a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2010 and currently specialises in company law, criminal law and the law of torts. As a principal lecturer, he leads on markets and recruitment in the Department of Law, Criminology and
Community Justice.

‘Mark is committed and well organised. His planning and teaching goes beyond the normal and he is prepared to advise in all matters relating to studying here. A real gem for the University.’

Allen Goodwin

Allen GoodwinAllen came to the UK at 14 with English as his second language. Much of his early working life was spent in variety of sectors while attending night school. This culminated in attaining funding for a PhD at Keele for a psychophysical investigation into low level motion integration.

Allen is currently responsible for the delivery of research methods and statistics for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Sheffield Hallam. His research interests include low level visual perception (motion integration) and higher affect manipulation of visual imagery.

Outside academia Allen was an avid fencer and fencing coach. But with the arrival of two sons, he has devoted his spare time to being a climbing frame, walking punch-bag and reader of bedtime stories.

‘Very enthusiastic about his topic. Excellent teaching standard. Makes lectures fun and makes you fully engage.’

Edwyn Anderton

Edwyn AndertonEdwyn is a true product of Sheffield Hallam, having done his original degree, PhD (both in chemistry) and PGCE here. He is now the course leader for the PGCE Primary and PGCE Early Years education courses, and he teaches science on all primary and early years Qualified Teacher Status courses.

Before joining the University in 2000 he spent nine years as a nursery and reception class teacher. He has worked as a pyrotechnician, a scientist for the Ministry of Defence, a professional pianist and a children’s entertainer. He also sings with the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.

‘He is extremely enthusiastic, lessons are always enjoyable, active and stimulating. He is an inspiring teacher.’

Luke Beardon

Luke BeardonLuke has been working in the field of autism for 20 years in various capacities including practitioner, researcher and trainer. As a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam, he runs courses in autism at different academic levels, including a Masters and a Postgraduate Certificate in Asperger Syndrome. He also continues to research and consult in the field.

He says apart from autism, his other absolute passion in life is his family and assorted pets. His secondary passions include reading, good food and better wine. And, when feeling energetic, fell running, off and on road biking and rugby.

‘His knowledge is incredible and the way he shares his passion with those willing to listen is amazing. I love listening to his lectures because you know they come from the heart!’

Anne Michael

Anne Michael2After a brief career as a midwife, Anne moved into teaching when her third son went to playgroup. She chaired the playgroup’s management committee while gaining an early years teaching qualification. She went on to manage the preschool and decided to take a teacher training qualification at Sheffield Hallam to help staff get to grips with the introduction of funding for nursery care.

After being offered some associate lecturer work at the University, Anne has never looked back and delivers various modules in initial teacher training. On hearing of her award she said it is ‘humbling’ to realise that the part she plays in learners’ journeys is so appreciated by them.

‘A great listener, she engages everyone in the group and is accommodating and understanding…she is an inspirational teacher’

Julia Myers

Julia MyersJulia began her teaching career in Sheffield primary and secondary schools then worked abroad with Voluntary Services Overseas where she developed an interest in teacher education. She worked at Leeds Metropolitan University before joining the primary and early years team in teacher education at Sheffield Hallam.

Her main subject is literacy in primary education and she currently teaches across undergraduate, postgraduate and masters level courses. She is also the Teacher Education Department lead for learning teaching and assessment.

‘I loved literature before but Julia has motivated me to read, read and read some more! She is an absolute credit to the university.’

Conor O’Callaghan

ConnorConor is a senior lecturer in creative writing and poetry. He has published three collections of poetry. The most recent, Fiction in 2005 was a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. He has also written widely on sport. Red Mist – Roy Keane and the Football Civil War is his comic prose memoir of the public furore surrounding Ireland’s 2002 World Cup. It was adapted to a one hour film in 2007.

Before coming to Sheffield Hallam, Conor taught in America as 2004 Heimbold Chair in Irish Studies at Villanova University in Philadelphia, and then as poet-in-residence at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

‘Well prepared and on fire in the classroom and out of it. Will help in any way he can.’

Michaela Brown

Michaela has had a long and varied nursing career with her main interest being in acute nursing in postoperative and critical care. While working as a clinical educator in critical care, Michaela studied at Sheffield Hallam for her Masters in Healthcare Education and took up the role of senior lecturer in adult nursing in 2008.

She feels sharing and using her past experiences is a distinct advantage when teaching nursing students both the practical skills and theoretical knowledge they need.

‘Michaela is a fantastic tutor. Her way of teaching is second to none. She always has time for students and shows a genuine interest in your overall wellbeing.’

Claire Craig

PClaire is a qualified occupational therapist and has worked at Sheffield Hallam for the last seven years. She currently teaches occupational therapy in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and works as a researcher in the Faculty of Arts Computing Engineering and Science.

Much of her research focuses on older people and people with dementia, exploring the role that creativity plays in supporting communication. She has written a number of related books on the subject including Creativity and Communication in Persons with Dementia, Exploring the Self Through Photography and Meaningful Making.

Claire has also recently received a National Teaching Fellowship award.

‘Just a very inspirational lady and a fantastic role model. Claire is the perfect tutor – always listens, has time for students and is interested in them.’

David Eddy

david eddyDavid is a therapy radiographer who worked in Leeds and the North Trent School of Therapeutic Radiography before transferring to Sheffield Hallam in 1991.

Based on the results of two research projects, he helped to improve the College of Radiographers’ practical training book, developed a clinical portfolio to provide evidence of learning and development, and created an assessment scheme which is unique to Sheffield Hallam.  David is currently the course leader for the Masters in Radiotherapy and Oncology. He is also principal lecturer and teaching fellow for distance learning and workbased learning.

David’s interests are focused on learning, teaching and assessment, e-portfolios, clinical education, e-learning and work-based learning.

‘His commitment really stands out for me. His enthusiasm for the subject knows no bounds and he instils confidence in ones ability to succeed.’

Sue Franklin

sue franklinSue is a principal lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing’s Centre for Professional and Organisation Development and the course leader for undergraduate programmes in health and social care management. She also leads two modules on the MSc in Health and Social Care Leadership.

Originally from a dental background, Sue had 25 years’ NHS experience before completing an MSc in HR Development and joining Sheffield Hallam. Sue develops and delivers customised management and leadership programmes for a number of organisations within the health and social care sector. She is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Management and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and is a Myers Briggs licensed practitioner.

‘Sue is an engaging and motivating teacher. The courses that she taught were particularly thought provoking and well organised.’

Val Keating

val keatingVal has worked at Sheffield Hallam since May 1993 and has led the MSc in Health Care Education since 1996 and the MSc Clinical Education since 2008. She is an active action researcher and one of her key interests is in the reasons why students fail to submit assessed work on time. She has considered some 14,000 applications for extenuating circumstances since 1996 and is hoping to publish the findings soon.

Val has spoken at conferences here and abroad on action research and education perspectives and remains passionate about education – particularly the student experience of assessment. She has been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007.

‘Exceptional teaching. She makes information clearly understood and accessible. Always prompt to provide feedback. She has skills to aspire to.’

Hilary Pengelly

HilaryHilary is a senior lecturer in social work. After training to teach art in the 1980s she retrained as a probation officer, graduating from Oxford with an MSc in Applied Social Studies.

Hilary has worked in a range of settings including probation, juvenile justice, the voluntary sector and education. She is passionate about interprofessional education and is an interprofessional education champion in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.  She also delivers training in continuing professional development to students, practice
educators and practitioners.

Hilary is currently developing e-learning case study resources for students and practitioners around interprofessional social work practice.

‘She is so strong, organised, committed, pragmatic, creative with her thinking, real, approachable and caring.’

Claire Young

Claire YoungClaire is a senior lecturer in advanced practice in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Her career prior to Sheffield Hallam was spent predominantly in intensive care nursing where she combined clinical and educational roles as a lecturer practitioner, delivering critical care courses at Charing Cross Hospital then Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

Following a secondment to the University of Philadelphia where she took courses in the critical care advanced practitioner programme, she was appointed the first consultant nurse in Oxfordshire in 2000. The role encompassed critical care nurse education, contribution to the Oxford University medical school curriculum and the intensive care senior registrar training programme. She also helped to develop the ALERT courses across the Oxford Radcliffe Trust.

‘Claire has been an inspiration. She made every teaching session interesting, provided ample time for practice and always had the time to explain things in detail if not understood.‘

Mel Bull

Mel BullMel has a Masters in Communications and is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Facilities Management Development within the Sheffield Business School. She is also a qualified MBTI practitioner and is currently studying for a Doctor of Business Administration. Her doctoral research focuses on the use of reflective practice in facilities management.

Her general research interests include communication within facilities management, change communication and the impact of alternative workplace strategies on people.

Socially, Mel enjoys spending time with friends and family either walking in the hills, or visiting local hostelries!

‘Mel is just so full of life. Her positive, supportive attitude and her personality make her a credit to SHU – she is a great ambassador for the Uni.’

John McAuley

John McAuleyJohn is Emeritus Professor of Organisation Development and Management in the Sheffield Business School. Until 2009 he was head of programmes: research degrees and was responsible for the development of research in Sheffield Business School.

John has published in the areas of change management, organisation behaviour, organisation theory, research methods and the work of professionals. He has supervised PhD and Doctor of Business Administration students through their theses and is the leader for the philosophies of research in business and management module on the DBA programme.

He also has extensive teaching experience on Sheffield Hallam’s MBA programme and the MSc in Organisation Development and Consultancy.

‘A different approach to learning which was engaging, stimulating, challenging, practical and in keeping with a group of mature students.’

Daryl May

Daryl MayDaryl has worked at Sheffield Hallam since 2001. He is currently course leader for the events management undergraduate degree. Before this he spent several years conducting research for the NHS and has published a number of papers looking at the impact of facilities management in healthcare.

Daryl’s first degree was in business studies at Sheffield Hallam. He has since completed a Masters in Social Science Research Methods and a PCGE. He is currently finishing his PhD.

Outside work he is a keen competitive cyclist and is involved in organising many cycle races across the region.

‘Daryl is always enthusiastic and motivating. He always shows a willingness to teach and support even out of teaching hours. He has been an inspiration!’

Chiara Orefice

Chiara OreficeChiara is a senior lecturer in events management. She joined Sheffield Hallam in 2008 after spending over 10 years working as a statistician and a conference planner for the private and public sector in Thailand, Switzerland, France, Belgium and the UK.

Chiara has worked for international organisations such as the United Nations and the European Science Foundation where she was in charge of organising international events. She has a degree in statistics and an MSc in international conference management. She is also a member of Meeting Professional International (MPI) and is involved in projects to develop the role of meeting planners for business events.

Chiara is currently the Sheffield Business School Erasmus coordinator, and course leader of the MSc in International Events and Conference Management.

‘Provided lots of help and support, and created a fun and innovative learning experience.’

Phil Wibberley

Philip WibberleyPhil is a senior lecturer in finance and banking at the Sheffield Business School. After gaining a degree at Liverpool, he joined the Midland Bank (later HSBC) in 1971 and worked in branches and head office, becoming product development manager (mortgages).

Thirty-two years later he joined Sheffield Hallam as an associate lecturer. The modules he teaches relate to financial institutions, financial markets and investment, and cover levels 5, 6 and now masters.

Phil is married with two children and his hobbies include gardening, fishing and wildlife conservation. He is also a trustee for a charitable organisation providing services for adults with physical and learning difficulties.

‘Phil is really helpful and goes the extra mile to make sure you understand the subject. He also makes the lessons enjoyable and makes everyone laugh, which I think is important.’

Tony Bennett

tonybennettFormerly a data engineer and manager, Tony completed his PhD at the University of Central Lancashire in 2001. He subsequently worked as a project co-ordinator for the TUC and then spent eight years in the Sheffield Business School as a senior lecturer in human resource management. In that time Tony taught and managed courses and modules for students studying at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level.

Tony is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a practising and accredited workplace mediator. He now works at the Lancashire Business School.

‘Always positive and cheerful, passionate about his subject, approachable and fun.’



Rachel Abbott

Rachel AbbottRachel got her BA in Social Science and PhD in Psychology from the University of Sunderland, where she also took up her first lectureship in psychology in 1998 and gained a Cert Ed in Higher Education.

From 1999–2002, she was part of a research team commissioned by the NHS and Railway Safety to investigate one of her research interests – the effects of suicidal behaviour and the risk factors on suicidality.

In 2009 Rachel became the programme leader for Applied Social Science at Sheffield Hallam. She has a specific interest in studying how individuals cope with and make sense of bereavement and other life transitions, and developed a final year module on death, dying and bereavement as well as modules in social psychology. She says she gets most enjoyment out of supervising student projects and dissertations with those who share a similar research passion.

Lisa Hopkins

lisa hopkinsLisa read English at King’s College, Cambridge and then moved to the University of Warwick to do an MA in Renaissance Drama and a PhD on the Caroline dramatist John Ford. She has taught at Sheffield Hallam since 1991 and is now Professor of English and head of the faculty Graduate School.

Lisa has supervised 14 PhD students to completion and is currently supervising four more. She has published widely on Shakespeare, Marlowe and Ford and is co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association.

Ros Garrick

Ros Garrick 3Ros is a principal lecturer in the Department  of Education, Childhood and Inclusion. With more than 20 years’ professional experience as an early years teacher and teacher adviser, she currently teaches and supervises early years professionals on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Ros undertook doctoral research into young children’s mathematical development while she was lead teacher of an inner city nursery class. She recently co-directed a study of young children’s experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage for the Department for Education. With a specialist interest in outdoor play, Ros has written several books for early years students and professionals in this area.

Martin Beer

Martin BeerMartin is currently director of studies for five PhD students and joint supervisor for another. He has been the principal organiser of workshops at AAMAS for the past three years which have considered the use of multi-agent technology in virtual educational and gaming environments. The edited proceedings of the first of these has recently been published as a book and he is currently editing the papers for the third publication in the new year.

Martin is also the local coordinator of an EU project that uses semantic technologies to provide much more focused information to answer citizens’ queries of local authorities.

Elizabeth Uruchurtu

Elizabeth UruchurtuElizabeth is a senior lecturer in ACES. She is interested in how interactive technology can improve everyday learning and working activities. She lectures and undertakes research and knowledge transfer work in areas such as interaction design, e-commerce, web technologies and Cloud computing.

Elizabeth holds a PhD in computing from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, where she also got an MSc degree in Interactive Multimedia and a PGC in Academic Practice. She has worked on a variety of industrial and research projects ranging from the analysis and design of the user experience to the development of interactive content and applications. She has successfully supervised a number of MSc dissertation projects as well as final year undergraduate projects, and is currently part of the supervisory team for two PhD students.

Gareth Morgan

Gareth MorganGareth studied computer science at Cambridge University and theology at Bristol University. His first post in higher education was at Bristol Polytechnic in 1985 (now UWE Bristol). While there, he completed his PhD in Social Sciences concerning communication, IT and the church and charity sector. He moved to Sheffield in 1995, joined the Sheffield Business School and began to specialise in charity accounting and regulation following the Charities Act 1993.

In 1998 he helped to found what is now the University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Research. In 2007 he was given a personal chair as Professor of Charity Studies.

Anthony Rosie

Anthony RosieAnthony is an Emeritus Professor. He joined the sociology subject group at Sheffield Hallam in 1995 after a career in secondary schools and teacher education. He has held programme leadership for both undergraduate social science and postgraduate social science research, leading successful applications for ERSRC recognition in 1997 and 1998.

Anthony has taught social theory, historical-comparative sociology and research methods. In 2001 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship and a senior fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Externally, he has been a subject centre director and a member of national committees. He led the successful bid for the Centre or Excellence in Teaching and Learning in learner autonomy and was its co-director.

His teaching is based on challenging students to succeed at demanding tasks which is reflected in their pass rates.



Claire Rayner

Claire RaynerClaire grew up in Sheffield and started her first job as a clerical officer for community physiotherapy in 1989 at the age of 17. She joined Sheffield Hallam in 1999, working in postgraduate student support for the Sheffield Business School and then for the Faculty of ACES from 2005.

She says she has always found the University a friendly place to work and enjoys building friendly working relationships with the students. Sheffield Hallam is a place she feels supported and appreciated.

Claire’s outside interests include listening to music, playing computer games, going to the cinema and walking.

Matt Howe

Matt HoweMatt gained a BSc in Geology and Physical Geography at the University of Liverpool before coming to work at Sheffield Hallam. He spent six years here as a course administrator looking after distance learning computing and part-time engineering postgraduate courses in association with NAMTEC and Network Rail. He also completed a part-time MSc in Geographical Information Systems in 2010.

Matt now lives in Denmark where he works for Maersk Oil as a GIS/geoscience assistant, providing technical support to geoscientists in the exploration department, and he says he loves every minute of it.

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