Excellence in Learning and Teaching

With a history dating back to 1963, the School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) is one of Europe´s leading centres of academic excellence for the study of contemporary East Asia, with research and teaching covering China, Japan and Korea.

We are often recognised for our commitment to developing innovative learning and teaching practices thanks to the dedication of our staff and our student’s hard work can be seen through their ability to compete at international levels in language proficiency tests and through the award of competitive scholarships.

Faculty prize for outstanding learning and Teaching for Sukyeon Cho

Sukyeon ChoSukyeon Cho, Korean Language Coordinator in the School of East Asian Studies, has been awarded a Faculty of Social Sciences TESS Award for Outstanding Practice in Learning and Teaching 2017.

Sukyeon came to Sheffield in 2005 and, over the past 12 years, has revolutionised the way in which we teach Korean language in SEAS. She has led the way in moving our teaching practices away for traditional methods of grammar explanation, drills and translation exercises and towards a variety of dynamic communicative activities, including: discussions, games, role-playing simulations, songs, student presentations, research and reading projects, and online study of her own custom-made audio and video materials.

Read more about her award

SEAS Student takes gold in Chinese language finals

David GrearyBA Chinese Studies with Russian student David Geary was announced as the winner of the Grand Prize at the UK Chinese Bridge Competition held in London on Saturday (22 April 2017).

His language performance, which impressed the judges and members of the Chinese Embassy, included a rap in Mandarin Chinese, Chinese dialects and English.

Read more about the competition and David's success

Recognition for the Global Leadership Initiative

Hugo Dobson Professor Hugo Dobson's work on developing and implementing the Global Leadership Initiative has been recognised a number of times through University and independent awards. 

BISA and HEA 2016/2017 Award for Excellence in Teaching International Studies
Senate award for collaborative activities
Faculty Learning and Teaching Award

The Global Leadership Initiative offers high achieving students from the Faculty of Social Sciences (undergraduate and taught postgraduate) the opportunity to attend major international summits taking place this year.

Improving access to the Library's Korean collection

Korea Foundation logoIn 2016, the University Library successfully applied for an award from the Korea Foundation Support for Libraries with Korean Collections program, and received $20,000 USD to improve catalogue records and access to the Korean Collection at the University.

Since 1979, cataloguing has transformed beyond recognition. The Korean collection currently contains 12,284 books/monographs, 320 serials/journals, as well as rare Korean books dating back to the Chosun period (14th – 19th centuries).

Read more about the improvements we have made to the Library's Korean collection

Scholarship awarded to SEAS student for summer school in Korea

Wenzheng DengBA East Asian Studies student Wenzheng Deng was awarded a Merit Scholarship for international students from Korea University for study at Korea University’s International Summer Campus over the summer of 2016. The scholarship covered tuition fees for up to three courses in the summer school programme.

Find out more about the Korea University Summer School in our 2017 Newsletter

Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor

Mark PendletonDr Mark Pendleton has been recognised as a Dedicated Outstanding Thesis Mentor for the third successive cycle. Thesis mentors are trained and experienced early career researchers who volunteer to help students explore their situation, identify their strengths and resources, and navigate their own way forward with their thesis.

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Daiwa Scholarships for Japanese graduate

Liz wormaldin 2016, final year Japanese studies graduate Elizabeth Wormald was awarded a Daiwa Scholarship in 2016. It is a postgraduate programme to support UK nationals on Japanese Studies courses in either Japan or the UK. The scholarship's intention is to support a maximum of six individuals in any given year, of whom at least three must study full-time at a university in Japan. These scholarships are very competitive so we are very proud of Elizabeth for being successful in her application.

Read more about Elizabeth's scholarship

First prize for Korean Studies Student in Language competition

Korean Speech ContestIn June 2017, level 2 BA Korean Studies Student Catherine Maddox won joint first prize in the Korean Speech contest held in London.

“I thought that the standard was incredibly high and definitely didn't expect to win! Seeing so many people who were so good at Korean made me want to work even harder to improve my Korean. I also think preparing for the competition helped to develop my skills and gave me an opportunity to work on my pronunciation, which is one of the elements of Korean that I find most difficult. I'm excited to continue trying to improve in the future!” Catherine Maddox