New Year honours for outstanding contributions to science and health

Dr Helen Sharman

Staff and alumni from the University of Sheffield have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year honours.

Sheffield graduate and Honorary Doctor Dr Helen Sharman OBE has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of her services to science and technology educational outreach.

Professor Terrence Vincent CallaghanDr Sharman graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1984 and became the first woman to visit the Mir space station. During her mission she was involved in various experiments about the effects of weightlessness on physical, chemical and biological systems.

Professor of Arctic Ecology in the Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Professor Terence Vincent Callaghan has been awarded a CMG in the Diplomatic Service and Overseas list for services to advancing knowledge and international collaboration in arctic science.

Professor Callaghan began his work as an arctic plant ecologist in 1967. Over the last 50 years he has worked in every arctic country and been in the field each year, carrying out research.

His research focuses on relationships between the arctic environment and the ecology of arctic plants and animals including ecosystem processes.

Professor Hilary Anne ChapmanProfessor Hilary Anne Chapman CBE, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and Honorary Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sheffield has been awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Professor Chapman was made an honorary doctor of medicine by the University of Sheffield in 2015 in recognition of her major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, which led to the development of the Safer Nursing Care Toolkit.

This system is now used widely in hospitals throughout the UK and helps determine safe nurse staffing levels on acute wards depending on how sick or dependent patients are.

Sheffield alumnus Kevin Clifford, a masters graduate in Health Economics and Management at the University of Sheffield has been awarded an OBE for services to nursing.

"I am delighted that colleagues and alumni of The University of Sheffield have been honoured for their longstanding commitment to science and health. What all these awards share in common is deep belief in the value of education and a determination to put knowledge at the service of the public."

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield.

Kevin Clifford, a miner's son, was the only male in a class of 92 Sheffield nursing students when he started training for his career in the 1970s.

He retired last year from his role as the Chief Nurse for the city’s Clinical Commissioning Group – where he was responsible for working with all healthcare providers in the city to monitor the quality of services being received by patients.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield said: "I am delighted that colleagues and alumni of The University of Sheffield have been honoured for their longstanding commitment to science and health. What all these awards share in common is deep belief in the value of education and a determination to put knowledge at the service of the public.

"The University of Sheffield is also particularly proud that these honours recognise the contribution of the full spectrum of Science and healthcare in practise and a growing recognition of the crucial professional contribution of both scientific technicians and nursing."


Dr Helen Sharman opens The Diamond building in July 2017

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Dr Helen Sharman OBE
In May 1991, aged just 27, Dr Sharman was selected for the Anglo-Soviet Project Juno mission after responding to a radio advertisement asking for applications to be the first British astronaut.

After undertaking 18 months of training, she became the first Briton to go into space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station. During her mission she was involved in various experiments about the effects of weightlessness on physical, chemical and biological systems.

Since graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Sheffield, Dr Sharman has become a leading ambassador for science and, in 1993, was honoured with an OBE for her pioneering accomplishments.

She has also overseen a range of specialist facilities and laboratories used for teaching and research, and was appointed President of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) in October 2015. Dr Sharman has been an active advocate for technicians in higher education and works closely with the University of Sheffield’s Technical Development and Modernisation programme.

University of Sheffield
With almost 27,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017 and was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education in 2014. In the last decade it has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

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