Sheffield MP voted ‘Inspiring Leader’ at Guardian University Awards 2015

A Sheffield MP was voted as the 2015 'Inspiring Leader’ in higher education at last night’s Guardian University Awards (18 March 2015), for his work supporting a campaign by the University of Sheffield and its Students' Union to highlight the crucial value of international students to the UK.

Paul Blomfield wins the Inspiring Leader awardSheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield won the award for his work in parliament championing higher education and in particular his focus on international students and postgraduate students, including backing the University of Sheffield’s groundbreaking #weareinternational initiative.

Since 2013 the University and its Students’ Union have led the way in supporting international students with the pioneering #weareinternational campaign which is now supported by more than 100 UK universities and colleges, the British Council and the Home Office.

As part of his support for the campaign, Mr Blomfield, a former General Manager at Sheffield Students' Union, has hosted two parliamentary events for the launch of videos, led by the University of Sheffield, which help talented students from across the globe better understand how to apply to study at the UK’s leading universities.

An expert panel of 37 judges for the university awards shortlisted Paul and the award was decided by a public vote.

Paul Blomfield said: "It’s a huge honour to win this award. I’d like to thank everyone who voted for me and has supported my work since I was elected in 2010. I’ve tried to be a champion in Parliament for our universities and students, and promote their huge academic, cultural, social and economic contribution. I’m proud to represent a constituency which includes two world-class universities and is home to 36,000 students, more than any other in the country.

"I’m continually inspired by the way both of Sheffield’s universities give life-changing opportunities to people of all ages, and I want more people to have these opportunities."

Additional information

To find out more about the #weareinternational campaign, visit We Are International.

The University of Sheffield

With almost 26,000 of the brightest students from around 120 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.

In 2014 it was voted number one university in the UK for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education and in the last decade 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 five 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.


For further information please contact:

Shemina Davis
Media Relations Manager
The University of Sheffield
0114 222 5339