Colleagues awarded for their excellence in teaching and learning

Congratulations to our Senate Fellows who have recently been awarded for their excellence in learning and teaching. Thank you for your commitment to outstanding student learning.

Our Senate Awards Scheme rewards those who are inspirational or who demonstrate an exceptional contribution in the area of learning and teaching and/or supporting and enhancing the student learning experience. The panel commented on the incredibly high standard of applications this year which is testament to the excellent teaching across the institution.


Senate Award for Sustained Excellence

This award recognises continued excellence and inspiration in teaching and learner support. Our Senate Fellows have demonstrated a significant contribution to our University and sustained development and innovation in their skills and practice.

Dr Richard Steadman-Jones

School of English

Mick Ashman

The School of Nursing and Midwifery

Jane Woodin

School of Languages and Cultures

Dr Kay Guccione

Research Services


Early Career Senate Award

Our Early Career Senate Fellows have been recognised for their emerging excellence in inspirational teaching and learner support. They have also demonstrated impact on the learning community beyond their own teaching.

Dr Emma Jones

Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Dr Meredith Warren

School of English

Dr Casey Strine

Department of History

Dr Liam Stanley

Department of Politics

Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

School of Law

Dr Andrew Nichols

Interdisciplinary Engineering


Senate Award for Collaborative Activities

Our Senate Fellows have been recognised for their collaborative effort to transform learning in our Department of Neuroscience and Academic Unit of Medical education, through their inspiring and innovative Neuroanatomy video project.

Dr Tom Farrow

Department of Neuroscience

Robin Farr

Academic Unit of Medical Education

John Rochester

Academic Unit of Medical Education

Dr John Wood

Department of Neuroscience

Professor Michelle Marshall said: “The development of the Neuroanatomy Video project has been in response to tutor reflections on neuroanatomy teaching and student feedback with regard to resources to support teaching and learning across a number of courses in the Medical School. The team from the departments of Neuroscience and the Academic Unit of Medical Education have adopted a collaborative approach from the outset in designing the video resources to ensure that they meet the requirement for different programmes.

"The students have provided extremely positive feedback as they can now prepare for their neuroanatomy sessions in a way that enables them to engage in much more depth than previously, and the videos are having a wider impact as excellent resources for anatomy demonstrators to use to prepare for their teaching.”


Senate Award for Leadership in Learning and Teaching

This award recognises a colleague who has excelled at driving forward the agenda for enhancing teaching and the student learning experience; and demonstrated inspirational leadership at our University.

Dr Beverley Gibbs

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Andrew Nichols

"It is a tremendous honour to receive this award. I had the great pleasure of beginning my academic career working in a small team of incredible people helping to develop and deliver Sheffield’s General Engineering degree programme. By its nature (and by virtue of the inspirational people involved) this degree pushes boundaries and embeds innovative teaching wherever possible. More than anything, it embeds fun, and in my view the pursuit of understanding should be exciting above all else.

"My philosophy for teaching and assessment in higher education is to provide students with the opportunity to measurably engage in technical material, integrated seamlessly with key personal and professional skills, in ways that are entertaining, inspiring, and ultimately fun."

My philosophy for teaching and assessment in higher education is to provide students with the opportunity to measurably engage in technical material, integrated seamlessly with key personal and professional skills, in ways that are entertaining, inspiring, and ultimately fun.

DR ANDREW NICHOLS, INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING

"Teaching students at all levels to find joy in their education is a priority in how I approach the classroom. I focus my teaching on fostering creative, critical thinking that students can apply beyond the biblical studies classroom. I am so privileged to be in a position to help the next generation of scholars develop their enthusiasm for their studies into inventive, insightful projects that benefit the wider community.

"My teaching on the academic study of the Bible not only allows me to share the education and research I’ve developed, but I also inevitably learn from my students. When given the freedom to think creatively, students develop the confidence to take a chance on their own insightful ideas. I am committed to my students and strive to continually update my pedagogy to better reflect their needs.”

I am so privileged to be in a position to help the next generation of scholars develop their enthusiasm for their studies into inventive, insightful projects that benefit the wider community.

DR MEREDITH WARREN, SCHOOL OF ENGLISH

Meredith Warren

“Through leadership of institutional mentoring programmes and frameworks, I have worked strategically to create a mentoring culture at our University, enabling tens of thousands of developmental conversations, and ensuring that mentoring practices are integrated into academic practice. Bringing people together to talk about what matters to them is a hugely impactful pedagogical approach to development, because all learners, from new students to senior leaders, need to process and make sense of their development experiences.

"I have lobbied to broaden how mentoring ‘success’ is understood and valued, at a time when measurement outcomes dominate learning discourses. Utilising the rich evidence-base generated through a suite of mentoring programmes, I have designed further development strategies for doctoral supervisors and research leaders. This grounded and pragmatic approach to leadership helps them respond to the challenges of building trusting relationships that weather these current difficult times.”

I have worked strategically to create a mentoring culture at our University, enabling tens of thousands of developmental conversations, and ensuring that mentoring practices are integrated into academic practice. Bringing people together to talk about what matters to them is a hugely impactful pedagogical approach to development, because all learners, from new students to senior leaders, need to process and make sense of their development experiences.

DR KAY GUCCIONE, RESEARCH SERVICES

About the Senate Awards

Our Senate Awards Scheme aims to encourage and promote good practice, and raise the status of teaching and learning as a scholarly and inspirational activity. The Scheme rewards those who are inspirational or who demonstrate an exceptional contribution in the area of learning and teaching and/or supporting and enhancing the student learning experience. Senate Award recipients become a Senate Fellow for life.