Our Academic Awards celebrate outstanding staff and students

Congratulations to the 13 winners of our Academic Awards 2019, thank you for your invaluable contributions to our university.

Brendan Stone image 2019 Academic Awards

It’s celebration season here and as we head towards the end of the academic term what better way to celebrate the outstanding contributions our staff and students have made than with our 2019 Academic Awards.

Congratulations to the 2019 award-winners on all their achievements, and we look forward to benefiting from their successes in the future. 


These annual awards are run in partnership with our Student’s Union, and recognise and celebrate those who have enhanced education and community life across our university.

This year a total of 546 nominations were received for candidates across 13 awards in categories including: Learning and Teaching, Welfare and Support, Student Representation and overall Outstanding Contributions.

Our Deputy Vice-President for Education, Professor Brendan Stone, was part of panel of students and staff who chose the final shortlist at this year’s ceremony.

He said: "These awards showcase creativity and innovation in teaching, dedication to student welfare and the promotion of the student voice in the learning journey, in addition to celebrating outstanding contributions to education more broadly. To be recognised through the Academic Awards is a thrilling testament to the hard-work of staff and students, and our award-winners subsequently have opportunities to share their excellent practice with the community.”

Introduced for the first time at this year’s event, a prestigious award - presented by President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Koen Lamberts - recognised the Overall Outstanding Contributions to Learning and Teaching by a university staff member.Koen and Tim

Dr Tim Herrick, a senior teacher in the School of Education, took home the prestigious accolade alongside the award for Outstanding Assessment and Feedback.

Reflecting on his achievements, Tim said: “I feel very humbled to be nominated for the Students’ Union awards, and enormously proud to be selected from the more than 500 nominations. To win the Assessment and Feedback award was brilliant; it’s great that the students I work with were given a chance to share and celebrate some of what they found useful.

The double award-winner added: “Winning the overall award was an amazing surprise and an honour to have been selected by the student and expert panel. A lot of what I do is closely aligned with the ethos of the School of Education - treating students as partners in their learning, valuing their individual development as much as their grade attainment, and seeing assessment as a crucial part of the learning process. These awards are as much for the school as they are for me.”

It has been a record-breaking year for nominations at this year’s Academic Awards which have been running since 2010 and have celebrated more than 100 staff, students and teams over the years.

Anna Crump-Raiswell, Students’ Union Education Officer, said: “This year we received the highest number of nominations from across faculties, professional services, student groups and individuals. The nominations really showcase Sheffield's strengths of excellent teaching and learning, supportive staff and engaged students. It is heartening to see how well regarded these awards are amongst staff and students at Sheffield and I hope that next year's awards will encourage others to nominate their teachers, support staff and students."

Congratulations to all our winners and nominees for the incredible contributions you have made to university life at Sheffield.

Find out more about these awards

The full list of award winners across the four categories are as follows:

Learning and Teaching category

Outstanding Assessment and Feedback Award

Tim Herrick - School of Education

Best Postgraduate Research Student who teaches Award

Jenna Spencer-Briggs - Chemistry Student

Excellence in Supporting Student Academic Development

Robert Wapshott - Management School

Best Post-graduate Supervisor Award

Aki Tsuchiya - School of Health and Related Research

Innovation in Learning and Teaching Award

Emma Bingham - School of Dentistry

Welfare and Support category

Most Supportive Non-Academic Award

Emma Tudhope - English Language Teaching Centre

Best Personal Tutor Award

David Hayes - School of Law

Student Futures Award

Chris Webb - English Language Teaching Centre

Outstanding Contribution to Student Wellbeing Award

Wellbeing Café

Student Representation

Best Academic Representative Award

Morgan McArthur - Languages and Cultures student

Best Student Staff Committee (SSC) Award

Biomedical Science Student Staff Committee

Overall Outstanding Contributions

Outstanding Learning and Teaching Award

Tim Herrick - School of Education

Outstanding Student Contribution Award

Alex Osborne - Medical School Student

Here are some of our winners...

Emma Bingham

Biomedical Science Student and Staff Committee

Wellbeing cafe

David Hayes