Talented teams receive Times Higher Education recognition

team pick up award

We've received an award and a highly commended accolade at the Times Higher Education Leadership and Management Awards (THELMAs).

We scooped the Outstanding Estates Strategy award for boosting our campus and city, plus a highly commended accolade for our work on #WeAreInternational in the Outstanding Communications/Marketing Team category.

The prestigious event recognises excellence across the professional services and administration of the UK’s world-leading higher education institutions.

Our University was described by judges as being a "worthy winner" in the estates and facilities category for exhibiting “great creativity” and successfully “uniting university and city goals to improve the environment and public realm of Sheffield”.

We were also shortlisted and recognised in the Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year category for its focus on a wide range of sector-leading developments including engaged learning, interdisciplinarity, open online learning, apprenticeship education, and personal and academic support.

Congratulations to everyone involved.


Outstanding Estates Strategy award

  • Opening of The Diamond, an innovative and multidisciplinary facility providing state-of-the-art engineering facilities and equipment.
  • The 2015-16 academic year also saw the opening of Factory 2050 – the world’s first fully reconfigurable factory, as well as the initial development of ambitious plans for an advanced manufacturing research campus
  • Work has started on a project in partnership with Sheffield City Council to transform public spaces around the university by improving pedestrian walkways and crossings, creating safe cycle routes, planting new trees and plants, and integrating public art into the area.

Outstanding Communications/Marketing Team

  • #WeAreInternational is a University-led campaign with 160 universities across the UK, along with business organisations, the NUS, UKCISA, British Council and government departments.
  • Several resources such as #WeAreInternational videos which have had nearly 120,000 views across all channels, plus many additional downloads from the campaign's network of over 200 partners. Our work creating and sharing unbranded marketing materials was also highly commended.

President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett said: “I am delighted that our hard work and achievement in such crucial areas has been recognised by Times Higher Education. At a time when teaching is a focus of national and international attention, we have worked closely with our students and employers to ensure that our teaching strategy looks deeply into what really matters to students and graduates, as well as what is the best way to ensure we respond to the challenges of the future.

"This is backed up by the approach we are taking to our campus and facilities, as we transform our ability to work with students and industry in new ways, including with the world's first fully reconfigurable Factory of the Future where our engineers and computer scientists work with McLaren and Boeing to revolutionise productivity."

He added: "However, none of this would be possible without our truly international student community and the scholars who teach them, so I am deeply grateful to the THE for its recognition of the #WeAreInternational campaign which has become a shared statement of welcome and the value of international scholarship right across UK higher education. It has never been more timely or more needed."

Keith Lilley, Director Estates & Facilities Management, said: "We are thrilled to win this national award which marks and celebrates the achievements of the whole Estates and Facilities team.

"I am always so proud to be working alongside such talented colleagues who are totally committed to the University, our students, staff and Sheffield.

"To be recognised by the judges for a strategy to unite the University of Sheffield estate and the city is a great achievement. We look forward to continuing to work together with our city to improve the environment and public realm of Sheffield and to support the University's objectives of world class teaching and research."