BISA and HEA 2016/2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies

Hugo photoProfessor Hugo Dobson, Together with Dr Garrett Brown from the Department of Politics, have been awarded the status of Highly Commended in the BISA and HEA 2016/2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies.

Their commendation was received for the hard work on developing and delivering the Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The Global Leadership Initiative (GLI) offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate taught students from the Faculty of Social Sciences the opportunity to attend major international summits taking place during the academic year. Accompanied by academic staff, small groups of approximately 8 students will actively engage in these meetings, developing press and policy briefs facilitated by media and other forms of accreditation.

All student policy briefs produced at the international summits, along with reflective post-summit pieces are available to view online via the GLOSS blog.

Since the implementation of the GLI scheme, Professor Dobson has accompanied a number of social science students, including undergraduate and postgraduate East Asian Studies students to G7 and G20 Summits across the world.

In 2016 a number of SEAS students got to attend the G7 and G20 summits, which were both held in East Asia, The G7 in Japan, and the G20 in China. Their work, along with Professor Dobson’s can be viewed here.

Melissa Pilgrim at the 2016 G20

“Attending the G20 summit was amazing. We were able to see what the life of a journalist and an academic researcher would be like, as well as develop our research, writing and teamwork skills. The entire experience of being a policy analyst was incredible. The University of Sheffield is the only university in the entire world to have a fully-funded program like this which allows students to attend global summits! It is an incredible opportunity which I will never forget.”

Final Year, BA Chinese Studies with French student Melissa Pilgrim attended the G20 Summit in Hangzhou, China in 2016, she wrote a blog about her experience here

The Committee said they were “extremely impressed by the quality of the programme and the benefits to those students who engaged with it were extremely clear. We were also very impressed by the strong endorsement from your colleagues of your practice, the very positive student feedback, and wonderful praise from external partners”