Miss Pauline Boulding

Miss Pauline Boulding

Pauline was a well-loved centre point of the Department of Chemistry’s common room until her retirement in 2015, and remains a loyal source of support her colleagues.

A member of the University of Sheffield for 16 years, Pauline took on the position of common room assistant following her role as a cleaner. She became known for her cheerful disposition and caring nature, extending her friendship to all she met.

Visitors to the University were greeted by Pauline’s warmth, and her friendly character encouraged the recruitment of countless new students. She also inspired her department’s ongoing commitment to raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support, a charity close to her heart.

Her colleagues said: “Pauline nurtured collegiality across all staff, epitomising the ethos of the University. A motherly figure and confidante, she kept the morale of staff and students high during inevitable research lows. She knew all our hot-drink habits, simply making the best cup of tea this side of the Pennines. She saw the University as her family.”

“Pauline’s contribution to the University is not measurable; there are no metrics to define how much she did for us. She was a great ambassador, a listening ear, a welcoming smile, and a lovely friend.”