Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards 2018

The Sheffield Alumni Volunteer Awards 2018 winners were nominated for their contribution to volunteering during the 2016-17 academic year.


Pioneering Alumni Award – Michael Conroy, MA Town & Regional Planning, 2016

Pioneering Alumni Winner Michael Conroy 2018The Pioneering Alumni Award recognises a recent graduate that has demonstrated outstanding commitment and enthusiasm as a volunteer.


Our current and prospective students can really relate to recent graduates and ask about the current job market and securing their first role, and also offer advice on the current curriculum and provision for students.

We know it isn’t always easy to request the time off work to support these activities at the start of a career, so we are very grateful.

Michael was nominated for his exceptional work supporting student employability. He has shared his experience and advice to students in multiple ways: delivering talks, attending careers fairs and speed networking events, providing case studies and videos on his career journey since graduating, and even organising virtual tours of his offices. Michael has also facilitated work placements, and has had a fantastic impact on our students.

The panel also noted:

"Michael has had a great impact on students in terms of them gaining experience in the work place, supporting them in understanding the career they are going into and supporting them in the recruitment process."


Alumni Leadership Award – Andrew Williams, BEng Metal Science & Engineering, 1989

Alumni Leadership Award Alfie Webster on behalf of Andrew WilliamsThe Alumni Leadership Award recognises an alumnus that has shown exceptional leadership skills in their involvement with the University, often juggling personal, professional and other voluntary commitments.

The alumnus demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the values of the University, acts as an ambassador to promote the institution, shares networks, opens doors or initiates new activity to support the University, as well as inspiring students, staff or other alumni.

Andrew was nominated for his involvement supporting both students and academics. He has supported City Connections, acted as a mentor for students on the Careers Service eMentoring scheme and the MBA Careers Safari mentoring in London, and he has lectured at the Sheffield Management School to MSc Leadership and Management Students on Organisational Change. Andrew joined the Sheffield Management School Board and travels regularly to Sheffield to help academics as an industry contact for research bids. He even came to Sheffield to help the Management School receive their EQUIS accreditation, helping the school stay in the 1% worldwide. Andrew is a great ambassador for the Institution adding value and expertise to our learning and teaching, research and the student experience. Andrew was unable to attend the event; his award was collected by third year Politics and Philosophy student, Alfie Webster.

The panel also noted:

"Andy has always been keen to be involved and help at any level, from students to academics. He's passionate about his time in Sheffield, how this has helped his career and is keen to pass this to the next generation in an approachable way."

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