University Alumni recognised in New Year honours

Sheffield graduates Jessica Ennis-Hill and Hollie Webb are among the Sheffield alumni who have been recognised for their outstanding achievements in the Queen’s New Year honours.

Jessica Ennis-Hill receiving an honorary degree in 2010

World heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill (BSc Psychology 2007, Hon LittD 2010) is honoured with a Damehood after she claimed silver in the 2016 Rio Olympics, defending her Olympic title she won at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jessica, who studied Psychology at the University before graduating in 2007, recently announced her retirement from the sport.

Economics alumna Hollie Webb (BA Economics 2013) is awarded an MBE after she helped Great Britain's women's hockey team win gold in the final against the Netherlands.

Hollie was a recipient of the University’s Elite Sports Performance Scheme (ESPS) during her time at the University of Sheffield. The scheme was launched in 2009 to provide financial and non-financial support to talented student athletes at the University, with Jessica Ennis-Hill as its patron.

Alumnus Vernon Gibson (BSc Chemistry 1980, Hon DSc 2010), former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Ministry of the Defence, has been awarded Order of the Bath. 

Nick Lowles (BA Social History 1993), Founder of Hope Not Hate, the UK’s largest anti-racism and anti-extremism movement, has been awarded an MBE. During his time at the University, Nick served as Campaigns Secretary of the Students’ Union in 1990.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett says:

“Our University is hugely proud of our alumni who continue to be outstanding leaders in their fields and who are an inspiration to current students, whether through exceptional achievement in sport, through a lifelong scientific career or striving for tolerance and acceptance in our society."

“We would also like to add our warm congratulations to Stan Shaw, Sheffield master craftsman and knife maker, who has been awarded an BEM.

“Stan Shaw is still making handmade bespoke knives at the age of 90 and is a longstanding friend and supporter of the University's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre. He began his career at the age of 14 and his knives, which are of the highest quality, are in demand from customers all over the world.”

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