Welcome to the Vice-Chancellor's Fellows (VCFs) information page

The VCF scheme

In order to maintain its position at the forefront of academia Professor Sir Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield (TUoS), created the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship (VCF) scheme.  VCF positions were open to candidates with track records of the highest calibre research.  The key criterion for success in the appointments was the capacity to make an outstanding contribution to TUoS as a research-led academic.

Applications were welcomed from those who were able to bring new fields of research to TUoS as well as from those who could strengthen its existing portfolio.  It is anticipated that our VCFs will become academic leaders of the future by inspiring others, acting as ambassadors, and engaging and collaborating across disciplinary boundaries within and beyond the University.

Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship support

The Fellows are supported as individuals and as a cohort.  A training and development plan has been designed which, although bespoke to each individual, will include some shared activities.  Some training and development will be arranged and delivered departmentally, while other opportunities will be arranged via Research and Innovation Services.  A Fellowships Development Officer (Dr Charlotte Harden) was appointed to support all VCFs throughout the term of their Fellowships.  Charlotte will work closely with each Fellow to tailor their formal training, support grant applications, and strengthen their career track record with a view to preparing them to apply for their first externally-funded grant or fellowship.

VCFs receive the following exceptional benefits;

  • Access to an interdisciplinary mentoring scheme
  • Professional assistance with an individual development plan
  • Opportunities to be invloved in leadership development and civic engagement activities
  • A place on the Sheffield Leader scheme and the Researchers Programme
  • The opportunity to complete the Certificate in Learning and Teaching (CILT)
  • Monthly cohort training sessions
  • Reduced teaching and administrative duties for the duration of their Fellowship
  • Permanent appointment to Lecturer or Senior Lecturer on completion of their Fellowship

The 2015 VC Fellows

The Faculty of Science

  • Dr Alexander Fletcher (Mathematics & Statistics)
  • Dr Andrew Lin (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Dr Anestis Tsakiridis (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Dr Jonathan Foster (Chemistry)
  • Dr Mirre Simons (Animal & Plant Science)

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • Dr Charlotte Steenbrugge (English)
  • Dr Daniel Lee (History)
  • Dr Jules Holroyd (Philosophy)
  • Dr Michael Kindellan (English)
  • Dr Sean Williams (Germanic Studies)
  • Dr Beryl Pong (English)

The Faculty of Engineering

  • Dr Chaoyuan Jin (Electronic & Electrical Engineering)

The Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Dr Ann Rowan (Geography)
  • Dr Bert Van Landeghem (Economics)
  • Dr Hannah Lewis (Sociological Studies)
  • Dr Heather Ellis (Education)

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

  • Dr Catarina Hendriques (Human Metabolism)
  • Dr Clare Gardiner (Nursing & Midwifery) 

The 2013 VC Fellows

The Faculty of Science

  • Dr Evgeny Chekhovich (Physics)
  • Dr Jenny Clark (Physics)
  • Dr James Mullaney (Astronomy)
  • Dr Clare Howarth (Psychology)
  • Dr Jason King (Biomedical Sciences)
  • Dr Madeleine Jotz-Lean (Mathematics)

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

  • Dr Casey Strine (Biblical Studies)
  • Dr Victoria Williamson (Music)
  • Dr Katie Hemer (Archaeology)

The Faculty of Engineering

  • Dr Pietro Oliveto (Computer Science)
  • Dr Paul Richmond (Computer Science)
  • Dr Claire Corkhill (Materials Science and Engineering)

The Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Dr Genevieve LeBaron (Politics)
  • Dr Stephen Livingstone (Geography)

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

  • Dr Philip Elks (Infection and Immunity)

Further information

For further information about the VC Fellowship scheme or any of the VC Fellows please contact Dr Charlotte Harden (c.harden@sheffield.ac.uk OR 0114 222 1434).