News and events 2017-18

31st July

Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition SchemePhotograph of Eliel Cohen - Jamal Lahmar

Congratulations to our two School of Education academic staff who have achieved their fellowships through the Personal Pathway and Foundation Pathway of the Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme.

Jamal Lahmar is a New Senior Fellow (SFHEA) and Eliel Cohen, is appointed as a New Fellow (FHEA).

More information about the Higher Education Academy Fellows can be found on this webpage.

Photograph of Pat Sikes30th July

2018 John Nisbet Fellow

We are delighted to announce that Professor Pat Sikes has been awarded a prestigious 2018 John Nisbet Fellow by the British Educational Research Association (BERA). Pat was nominated for this award for the outstanding contribution to educational research she has made over her career.

Read more about the 2018 John Nisbet Fellow.

19th July

Undergraduate Prize winner 2018

Photograph of Suzanne TaffSuzanne Taff is the worthy recipient of the Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018. Suzanne was presented with her award by Professor Elizabeth Wood during the School of Education graduation reception.

Suzanne's dissertation was nominated for the award by her course tutor, Dr China Mills, as it showed strong evidence of sophisticated, scholarly and thoughtful research.

If you would like to read more about Suzanne's, please click on the link: Undergraduate Dissertation Prize 2018.

19th July

Congratulations to the Class of 2018!

Photograph of graduation summer 2018We offer a huge congratulations to our wonderful School of Education students who graduated yesterday and we are delighted to welcome you into our alumni community!

After the ceremony, we invited graduates and their families back to a reception where the Head of Department, Professor Elizabeth Wood, gave a speech congratulating the new alumni on their achievements.

For photographs of the Class of 2018 at our graduation reception, please click here.

4th July

The Lord Mayor pays a visit to our Makerspace

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Magid Magid visited the Broomhall Community Centre on 3rd July to find out what the University of Sheffield's School of Education has been doing in relation to running an after-school club for local children. The University has been offering a 'makerspace' at the centre, which provides opportunities for children aged from 5-11 to engage in making activities such as arts and crafts, coding, woodwork and 3D printing. The children develop knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through engagement in the arts; also known as 'STEAM'.

The project is one strand of a wider set of makerspace projects that are offered by the MakEY project, an EU-funded reseach project that is led by the School of Education (

The Lord Mayor met University staff and volunteers, talked to children and parents, and even joined in with some making activities, which including dancing with the children during the production of a music video! He will return to the Centre in October, when he will present the children with certificates that celebrate their maker skills.

17th June

Sheffield Young Makers exhibition

Photograph of Maker SpacesChildren from Broomhall Nursery School, Clifford Church of England Primary School, Monteney Nursery and Norfolk Community Primary School will be proudly displaying their work in the Winter Gardens from 26 – 28 June.

The work was produced as part of a project led by Professor Jackie Marsh from the School of Education at the University of Sheffield - ‘Makerspaces in the early years: Enhancing digital literacy and creativity’ (MakEY). This is a European-funded project that involves researchers in six European countries and the USA.

Pop along to the exhibition, organised by the community arts organisation Ignite Imaginations working with the University of Sheffield, to look at the children’s work and find out about the potential value of makerspaces for early years education.

10th May

Sabine Little wins Learning and Teaching award

sabine awardCongratulations go to Sabine Little, for winning one of the Faculty’s Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching Awards. This is excellent recognition of the many things she does, for the School, Faculty, and University, and for the high quality of her work.

The winners each receive a certificate and a £500 prize to support learning and teaching. The award ceremony and celebratory drinks reception will be held on Monday 25th June.

10th May

Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) - open again - closing date 22nd June

Researcher ChallengeThe Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP) has been established to enable researchers to add to their experience. It encourages you to get the experience, information, training, advice or insights you need to enhance your career beyond your PhD. It does this by providing an award of between £100 and £1000 that can be used to pay for travel, accommodation, training fees or to provide a small salary to cover your time. It is your responsibility to set up the experience or create the opportunity but if you can do that, the scheme may cover some or all of the costs. This is a competitive process so we encourage you to read the guidelines in full and submit a strong application.

9th May

Researcher Challenge - 18th - 20th June, Kenwood Hall Hotel, Sheffield (non-residential)
Bringing PhD researchers together to find innovative solutions to real issues

Postgraduate Researcher Experience Programme (PREP)The Researcher Challenge is a unique event developed by The University of Sheffield Careers Service specifically for PhD students from every department and faculty. It provides an opportunity to work on the current challenges and issues that impact organisations including charities, public sector organisations and businesses who are based in the region. Taking place over three days in the beautiful setting of the Kenwood Hall Hotel, you will have the opportunity to experience working innovatively with fellow researchers in a tranquil yet creative environment close to Sheffield city centre.

2nd May

Children_ResearchWhy Include Children in Research? A Multidisciplinary Workshop

Join researchers from TUoS and special guest speaker Fiona Scott (Sheffield Hallam) to discuss the ethical complexities of children's participation in research.

Date/Time: Monday 25th June 2018 from 9.30 am till 1 pm
Location: 38 Mapping Street, Work room 3

Please click the here to register your attendance as places are limited:

24th April

AlumnaawardSchool of Education alumna Ayesha Saeed Husaini wins British Council award

Congratulations to School of Education alumna Ayesha Saeed Husaini who has been awarded the British Council Social Impact Award for the Middle East and North Africa!

Ayesha has been a director of the Manzil Centre for People with Disabilities for 12 years. Her dream is to see every individual with a disability leading a life of dignity and financial independence. During 20 years’ in this field across India and the UAE, she has made a positive impact on 40,000 lives. Her Doctoral research at the University of Sheffield strengthened her leadership qualities and developed her abilities to form strategic partnerships on a local and international level.

18th April

KirstyTwitterDr. Kirsty Liddiard featured in Top 10 Twitter list!

Dr Kirsty Liddiard has been named in disability charity Scope's Top 10 Disabled Women to Follow on Twitter. An avid tweeter, Kirsty regularly tweets about her research on disability arts, youth and activism, using the platform to disseminate and discuss ideas and findings with broader publics. You can follow Kirsty on Twitter using the handle @kirstyliddiard1

See the full list here

17th April

CCPE symposium on 'Mental health and education'MHSymp
Friday 8th June - 09:30 - 15:00
Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences
219 Portobello
S1 4DP

This symposium will provide an exciting opportunity for researchers and mental health professionals to explore mental health, young people and education in research, policy and practice.

To register your interest in attending this event please click here

14th March

Train to Teach Roadshow 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018 – 4.30-8.00pm
Mercure Doncaster Centre Danum Hotel, DN1 1DN

Train to TeachThe Train to Teach Roadshow is the perfect opportunity to find out more about teacher training and receive advice from experts and training providers. You will be able to find out everything you need to know about funding, the different training courses, how to submit a successful application and what a career in teaching is really like.

To register your interest in attending this event please click here

8th March

Literacy project Free Family Event: Sunday 25 March

SnailWhaleAll families are welcome to join us for a day of exciting reading-related activities at Weston Park Museum, on Sunday 25th March.

Come and join in the fun between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TP.

Activities will be particularly suitable for families with pre-school and early school-age children. Throughout the day you can: join in story-time sessions; participate in craft activities (look out for the Snail and the Whale!); receive information on how to enjoy reading with your child.

You might also like to enjoy visiting the child-friendly exhibits at Weston Park Museum.
We hope to see you there!

8th March

Literacy project - Free CPD event for Practitioners

CPD-LevyDr Rachael Levy has been conducting research into early childhood Literacy, based on her research findings we are excited to be offering a day of continuous professional development for practitioners who work with families (for example, early childhood practitioners, health visitors, speech and language therapists, librarians, educational psychologists, etc.).

The day will focus on how we can encourage parents and caregivers to read regularly at home. Attendees will receive information on the latest research in the field, can engage in workshop activity and consider the implications of this for their own practice.

The event will be held at Weston Park Museum on 24th March, 9.30am-4.30pm and is FREE. To register your attendance please contact Kiera Solaiman at Places for this event will be limited, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

26th January

Cathy Nutbrown is the new President of Early Education

Cathy NutbrownWe are delighted with the news that Professor Cathy Nutbrown has been appointed President of Early Education at The British Association for Early Childhood Education.

Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is the leading independent national charity for early years practitioners and parents, campaigning for the right of all children to education of the highest quality.

9th January

Photograph of Stephen GascoigneOutstanding achievement award to former PGDE student

Congratulations to Stephen Gascoigne, a Physics teacher at Wickersley School and Sports College in Rotherham and former School of Education PGDE student, who has been awarded for outstanding achievement by the Institute of Physics in this years' awards.

Read more about Stephen's award here.

12th December

Congratulations to Rhianne Quigley, Rex Walford Award winner 2017

Photograph of Rhianne QuigleyFormer School of Education PGDE student, Rhianne Quigley, has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Rex Walford Award. The Rex Walford Award is part of Young Geographer of the Year, a national competition run by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Read more about Rhianne's award here and in her blog in Student Matters here.

1st December

EdD Student is awarded OBE for 'Services to Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs'


EdD student Dr Jonty Clark recalls his time at Buckingham Palace after being awarded an OBE for ‘Services to Disabled Children and Children with Special Educational Needs' 

Read about it here

9th November

Global mental health and therapeutic assemblages: concepts, controversy and necessary tensions

China_mentalhealthA two-day Conference (funded by the British Academy and organised through Sheffield Institute for International Development and the School of Education Centre for Critical Psychology and Education)

February 12-13th 2018 - The University of Sheffield
Room tbc.

Click here for more information

3rd November

Kirsty Liddiard double book launch

Kirsty Liddiard BooksHuge congratulations to Kirsty Liddiard who this week has launched not just one, but two books.

You can find out more by clicking here

18th October - Symposium: Storying the human

iHumanHow do humans constitute themselves, others and their world through stories? What power relations and politics are at work in storying? What are the responsibilities of researchers as story-tellers, story-makers, story disruptors? What can storying research help us to understand about affect, relations, materiality, embodiment? What are the stories of the non-human? Are rocks, rivers and rain storyful?

Presentations by staff and doctoral students interested in storying.

14th November 201, ICOSS Conference room 10.00 am – 3.45 pm

Keynote Webinars:
Dr Louise Phillips, University of Queensland: ‘Principles of storying from Indigenous, critical and feminist perspectives’ (10.10am-10.40am)

Prof Katherine Runswick-Cole, University of Sheffield: ‘Sounds of Silence(d): storying inclusion’ (1.15pm-1.45pm)

To join the Webinars online click here.

Book your place at the Symposium on Eventbrite.

18th October

Dr. Kirsty Liddiard at Bring On The Biscuits: Celebrating The Diversity Of The Human Mind

Festival_Social_Science_NeurodiversityOn the 7th November, Kirsty Liddiard will be leading a discussion on Neurodiversity as part of the Univeristy of Sheffield's Festival of Social Science.

Read all about it here

For more information on Festival of Social Science, click here

18th October

Professor Jackie Marsh conferred as Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS)

We are delighted to announce that Professor Jackie Marsh has been confirmed as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. Professor Elizabeth Wood, said “The award recognises Jackie's exceptional contribution to the Social Sciences, for her ground-breaking research in the field of Literacies, and children's digital play which is highly regarded in the UK and internationally.”

You can read more about the award here.

17th October

Jamal Lahmar and Liz Chesworth part of exciting MakEY project

Makers_Space_Jamal_LizLiz Chesworth and Jamal Lahmar, both of the University of Sheffield were invited by Brock Education Professor Jennifer Rowsell to spend July in St. Catharines as part of the Makerspaces project.

You can find out more here

5th October

Students from The University of Sheffield Recognised by World’s Leading Academic Awards Programme

UA AwardsWe are thrilled to announce that Lindsay Hirst, a student on the BA Education, Culture and Childhood, has been successful in this year’s University Awards (UA), the leading academic awards programme for undergraduate students!

More information can be found here