The Hu Xiaoling Memorial Prize

The Hu Xiaoling Memorial prize was established in 2013 through the generosity of an anonymous individual donor. Hu Xiaoling was a lecturer in the School of East Asian Studies at the University of Sheffield.

The School of East Asian Studies has established a new prize for the best performance in taught postgraduateHu Xiaoling photo student courses. The prize is named the Hu Xiaoling Prize, in memory of Dr Hu, who worked in the School for a number of years.

Dr Hu was an indispensable part of the Chinese language programme that Sheffield built up from 2000, and made a huge contribution, especially to the vital first year course in Chinese. She was actively involved in creating the necessary learning materials for the Distance Learning programme.

Dr Hu’s research interests were in the historical development of Chinese grammar and in the area of language acquisition, and she collaborated with scholars in China and Spain to study the different problems experienced by English and Korean speakers learning Chinese. She presented the results of her various research projects internationally, in countries including China, Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and the US.

Unfortunately, Dr Hu had to take early retirement on health grounds and for years suffered with Motor Neurone Disease with great courage. She passed away in January 2012, and is remembered with great affection by all who knew her.

Professor in Japanese Studies Hugo Dobson said, “Dr Hu is still remembered fondly by everyone in SEAS who had the pleasure of working with her. Her enthusiasm for life and for her teaching are what we all remember most. It is wonderful to be able to celebrate her life with this award."

The prize of £500 will be given annually to one postgraduate taught student with the best overall performance in the School of East Asian Studies. The award decision will be made by academic staff from the department in conjunction with the board of examiners in the School of East Asian Studies. It has been agreed, that should there be two or more students of equal merit then the prize will be shared.