Inspirational teachers awarded National Fellowship for outstanding impact of teaching and support

Three inspirational academics from our University have been honoured with national awards in recognition of their work to transform student and academic learning.

Dr Julie Hyde, Professor Katherine Linehan and Dr Gary Wood have been awarded prestigious National Teaching Fellowships by Advance HE for the outstanding impact of their teaching and support in UK higher education.

They are among 54 new National Teaching Fellows, and 15 winning teams in the Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence, announced by Advance HE today (5 August 2019).

Dr Julie Hyde

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) describes Dr Julie Hyde, from the University’s Department of Chemistry, as 'an inspirational chemist'. Her work for the RSC, along with her unique 'Purple Lecture', a fun and informative lecture based around the discovery of the first synthetic dye, mauveine, has made her an influential leader in chemistry education, inspiring colleagues and establishing effective networks nationally and internationally.

She is a key figure in the development and nurturing of innovative educational partnerships with Chinese universities for the teaching of chemistry, and has shared her approach with other institutions in the sector. In establishing a programme of laboratory teaching at Nanjing Tech University, Dr Julie Hyde transformed the way that laboratory practicals were taught in the institution, raising the profile of excellence. Her approaches were highly valued by her students in preparing them for their final year's study in Sheffield.

Furthermore, it is a testament to the support she provided to the UK Graduate Teaching Assistants that taught with her, that two of them are now teaching on similar programmes with different institutions in China.

Dr Julie Hyde said: “Upon hearing the news that I was selected to be a 2019 National Teaching Fellowship winner, I was absolutely delighted. I feel very honored to achieve this award in recognition of my passion to teach and inspire students over many years about the subject I love, chemistry. Developing a laboratory programme to teach in China on the Sheffield/Nanjing Tech degree was an amazing opportunity and to become known for this work as a leader in the field nationally and internationally, by students and teaching colleagues alike, is a real privilege.”

Dr Julie Hyde with students

Professor Katherine Linehan

Professor Katherine Linehan, from the University’s Department of Biomedical Science, has been the key driving force behind the pioneering redesign of the anatomy curriculum here at the University. The innovative methods she introduced 15 years ago remain in place today. The revolutionary changes she implemented put students at the heart of the learning experience and were unprecedented at the time in her discipline. The ongoing success of her curriculum means that it remains an example of sector-leading practice in anatomy learning and teaching.

Through her design of the unique MSc in Human Anatomy with Education, she supports the development of the next generation of anatomy educators. Her collaboration with the Online Learning Team in the creation of a Massive Open Online Course around forensic anatomy offered a unique learning experience by bringing together eminent experts in her field and learners from all walks of life.

Professor Linehan, who is the Faculty Director for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (Science) and Chair of University Gender Equality Committee, puts equality and inclusion at the heart of her practice and she has been instrumental in raising the profile of teaching staff across the institution.

Professor Linehan said: “I am thrilled to have had the sustained contribution I have made to enhancing the student learning experience recognised by such a prestigious award.”

Acknowledging those she met along the way and the generosity of those who donate their bodies to medical teaching, without whom her work would not be possible, she added: “Throughout my career I have worked with a wide range of generous and inspiring individuals, both living and deceased, from whom I have learnt a great deal and will always be indebted to.”

Prof Katherine Linehan with students

Dr Gary Wood

From his innovative work in teaching linguistics, to his exceptional contribution in embedding enterprise education into the curriculum and most recently, his success in championing skills and leadership development among engineering students, Dr Gary Wood has consistently had a transformative impact on the students he works with.

As Head of Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA), he has developed a ground-breaking initiative, bringing together selected students, academics and colleagues from industry to offer development opportunities for the engineering leaders of the future.

Co-creation is at the heart of Dr Wood's approach, and his unique insight and contribution has been instrumental in embedding broader transferable skills into the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s revised curricula under the Programme Level Approach (PLA), a holistic approach designed to give students opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills, and range of attributes they need to become assured and confident graduates.

Through workshops, publications and conference presentations, he has shared his work across both engineering and higher education sectors, playing a fundamental role in enhancing employability on a global level and contributing to the University's reputation as a world-leading institution for engineering education. Dr Wood led the UK’s contribution to UNIWORK, an EU-funded project to enhance employability services in Higher Education Institutions across Central Asia, where he designed and delivered interactive workshops for colleagues in the region on enterprise education pedagogies, to equip them with the skills to cascade this learning to their teams. This project has directly impacted students and staff across the region, leaving behind a professional network of educators supporting each other and lasting policy change.

Dr Wood, from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, said: “It is a great privilege to inspire learning in students and colleagues. I am pleased to have been able to champion approaches that connect students’ learning to their future aspirations and enable them to succeed. It’s immensely gratifying to see students surprising themselves as they discover their potential and how much they can achieve, and inspiring to be able to learn collaboratively with and from them.

“I am honoured that my work has been recognised with such a prestigious national award, and grateful to all of my students and colleagues who make every day as a teacher and educator so rewarding.”

Dr Gary Wood with students

I’m delighted that Julie, Katherine and Gary have been recognised for their outstanding commitment and dedication with a National Teaching Fellowship Award. They join a growing list of academics at our institution who have proven themselves as world class teachers.


Professor Brendan Stone, Deputy Vice-President for Education, said: “I’m delighted that Julie, Katherine and Gary have been recognised for their outstanding commitment and dedication with a National Teaching Fellowship Award. They join a growing list of academics at our institution who have proven themselves as world class teachers.”

Alison Johns, Advance HE’s Chief Executive, said: “Congratulations to all our 2019 winners of these two prestigious, national awards.

“Becoming a National Teaching Fellow is a huge achievement. It can be truly life-changing. Creating ambassadors for innovative and impactful teaching who are valued by institutions and colleagues, and who can set in motion change and enhancements to make a really positive impact on student experience and outcomes across their institution and beyond.

“Advance HE looks forward to working with the winners to help to disseminate their work for the benefit of all.”

The winners will receive their awards at a special ceremony in Manchester on 16 October 2019.

Celebrating learning and teaching

Over the past year, 160 of our staff have been recognised for their outstanding work in learning and teaching, as fellows of the Higher Education Academy through our own Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS).

See the full list of fellows who have been recognised in 2018-2019.

The University’s Learning and Teaching Professional Recognition Scheme (LTPRS) runs throughout the year to help those who teach or support learning develop their practice and be recognised for their work.

LTPRS workshops and events will be taking place throughout the year as part of the Elevate offer, which will relaunch with a new set of web resources, face-to-face events and a physical space to support your development in learning and teaching this September.

Find out more about LTPRS