Our President & Vice-Chancellor honoured with Special Recognition Award at Made In Sheffield ceremony

Our President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett was honoured by the manufacturers and makers of Sheffield when he was presented with the Made in Sheffield Special Recognition Award.

I am deeply grateful to the manufacturers and leaders of the city of Sheffield for this generous award which draws so strongly on the traditions of the city and region and its people.

pROFESSOR SIR KEITH BURNETT

The Made In Sheffield awards, held in the city's historic Cutlers Hall, recognise the achievements of the city's great manufacturing companies and craftsmen and women - drawing on Sheffield’s heritage for quality skilled manufacturing, which is known around the world.

The University has a proud history of making and developing partnerships in manufacturing, ranging from globally-renowned work with companies at its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre to pioneering developments in health, architecture, engineering and science.

Our graduates go on to be notable makers around the world, and include the engineers responsible for the London Eye and Hong Kong designer Douglas Young, founder and owner of the prestigious Goods of Desire.

The University's engagement in the city also includes the celebration of craftsmanship, working with artists and makers through partnerships with local businesses and entrepreneurs, cultural organisations and schools across the region.

Our ongoing work to enthuse local children of all backgrounds to see the possibilities of a future in engineering and our award-winning apprentice programme are all part of our commitment to put knowledge to work in the real world in ways which directly benefit the lives of individuals and communities.

Responding to the award, Sir Keith said: "I am deeply grateful to the manufacturers and leaders of the city of Sheffield for this generous award which draws so strongly on the traditions of the city and region and its people.

“Throughout my career I have sought to demonstrate the connection between the knowledge which underlines innovation, the real things which are made as a result and the people who do that work – from the PhDs who discover the underlying causes of things to the companies, technicians and apprentices who will quite literally build our future as a city and a nation.”

He added: "This vision of a deep connection between scholarship, productivity and people was what inspired the founders of our university – including many factory workers and industrialists in the city – and we are proud to keep faith with this vision today. I am also deeply proud of the apprentices and graduates trained in our University who go on to make their contribution as great makers around the world.

“I see in the work of my own daughter and son-in-law who studied architecture in Sheffield that this training is used every day, and it is the story I have been pleased to hear locally and internationally throughout my time as Vice-Chancellor. I thank the city and Made in Sheffield for their recognition of this fact and what it means to Sheffield."

The Made in Sheffield Awards, hosted by Insider Media, also recognised the University of Sheffield's work with partners across the city to provide apprentices and skilled graduates which are so vital to the region's economy.

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