Our top talent – Senate Award Fellows 2015

Lee Crookes' project in WestfieldA huge well done to the nine people and two teams recently named Senate Fellows – your inspirational learning and teaching is really something to be proud of.

Our Senate Awards scheme rewards inspirational and exceptional contribution in the area of learning and teaching – and for work which supports and enhances the student learning experience.

And just like all the best awards, candidates are nominated by their colleagues – the very people who know just exactly how fantastic they are.

“We had more nominations this year than ever before and the standard was particularly high making the panel’s job very difficult. Our University is committed to rewarding individuals who demonstrate an exceptional contribution in the area of learning and teaching and we now have 133 Senate Fellows," says Professor Anne Peat, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Chair of the Senate Awards panel.

“They contribute to the sharing of good practice and through their good work help raise the quality of learning and teaching across our University. I want to thank everyone for their hard work and a special thank you to those who took the time to make the nominations.”

Dr Lee Crookes is one of this year’s Senate Fellows:Lee Crookes

“For me, my colleagues, our students and the people that we've been working with in the Westfield community, this award is the culmination of a lot of hard work and it's hopefully the start of a new chapter in the ongoing development of our partnership with Westfield.

“Receiving the award also offers a very exciting opportunity to begin to develop further conversations with colleagues across the University about the joys and challenges of developing supportive, long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations with partners in the local community.

“Personally, as someone who was born and raised in the city, the award also gives me a particular sense of pride because the University's principal founding aim, that it should be a university for the people, is something that I hold dear above all else. Inevitably, having spent a lifetime in Sheffield, I feel that this collaborative award was only made possible by 'standing on the shoulders of giants' and, by 'giants', I mean the good folk of the city whose defining strength has always been their willingness to work together for the public good.”

Dr Lauren Buck has been given an Early Career Senate Award:Lauren Buck

“I feel incredibly excited and honoured to be receiving this award and am very much looking forward to becoming a Senate Fellow. It means so much to me to have been nominated and backed by my fantastic colleagues and students. It is a privilege to play a part in many of our students’ learning experiences here in Biomedical Science and to witness their personal triumphs as time progresses.

“In my teaching, I try to cultivate a positive learning environment where students are empowered to develop at their own pace and in line with their own individual learning styles. I am passionate about incorporating varied teaching activities that can help to improve student engagement and inquisitiveness - from activity based lectures and embedded enterprise education, to 3D printing and building brains.

“More recently, I have developed an original project which incorporates enterprise education into the anatomy curriculum (currently core content for more than 200 students). This exciting project involving external parties encourages students to become creative problem-solvers, to apply their academic knowledge to real life situations and to consider how to communicate their science effectively. In the two years that the project has run, the students have created work of an excellent standard in terms of content and originality. I never fail to be impressed by the talent of our student body.”

So, without further ado, here are this year’s deserved winners all of who will be celebrating in style at graduation ceremonies in July this year and January 2016:

Senate Award for Sustained Excellence

Winners have demonstrated continued excellence and inspiration in teaching and or learner support.

  • Dermot Breslin - Management School
  • Michelle Marshall - Academic Unit of Medical Education
  • Mark Taylor - School of Law
  • Sheila Webber - Information School

Early Career Senate Award

For showing emerging excellence in inspiring teaching and/or learner support.

  • Lauren Buck - Department of Biomedical Science
  • Dominic McHugh - Department of Music
  • Nicola Newman - Management School
  • Amber Regis - School of English

Senate Award for Collaborative Activities

Awarded to teams who clearly demonstrate collaborative working to improve learning in an inspiring or innovative way.

  • School of Maths and Statistics - "Flipped classroom teaching approach for engineering students": Nick Gurski, Sam Marsh, Simon Willerton, Frazer Jarvis, James Cranch, Sam Dolan, Neil Strickland and Nick Monk
  • Department of Town and Regional Planning - "The Westfield Action Research Project": Lee Crookes, Andy Inch, Marion Oveson, Jason Slade and Tracey Hawley-Kirkby

Senate Award for Departmental Leadership in Learning and Teaching

Given to a head of department who has excelled at driving forward the agenda for enhancing teaching and the student learning experience, and demonstrated inspirational leadership.

  • Nigel Mathers - Academic Unit of Medical Education