Staff shout-outs

Share a short thank you or shout-out message for a colleague or a team and help encourage a sense of connection and support during this challenging time.

Email your contribution to internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk by 10am Wednesday each week and we will share them in the following Staff Update.

Week beginning 10 May

We would like to say a huge thank you to the Audio Visual team in particular Adam McSweeney, Luke Wild and Alex Colley for all their help over the last year in setting up and moderating various Council, Senate and UEB meetings often at short notice.

On behalf of the Governance Team in the University Secretary's Office

A big thank you and well done to the Facilities Assistants, Cleaners and Kerry from the cafe for getting the Heartspace area ready to welcome students back in. It looks fab and will hopefully soon be filled with people again. Thank you everyone!

Helen Lally, Project Manager, Estates & Facilities Management

I would like to give a huge thank you to Vanessa Rodgers from professional services in Sociological Studies. She is always so helpful, friendly and fun to work with while being extremely effective and efficient. Vanessa solves problems and is pro-active in trying to reduce potential problems arising. This enables a lovely smooth experience for candidates for the MA Social Work in their first encounter with the university. Even when the IT issues seem insurmountable when trying to help national and international students attend interviews, Vanessa always helps to find a solution. She makes it immeasurably easier for me to do my role. Thank You

Joseph Smeeton

Week beginning 3 May

Congratulations to Kate Connery, SpLD tutor at the ELTC, on winning the Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Annual Award 2021. This award recognises Kate’s outstanding contribution to learning development.

Throughout Kate’s university career she has worked as both an EAP tutor and SpLD tutor; she specialised in working with SpLD students with mental health difficulties becoming the SpLD service’s lead practitioner in this area, and creating resources and workshops to engage her colleagues in developing awareness in this area.

Kate is retiring after seven years with the ELTC and will be sadly missed by her friends and colleagues; we hope she enjoys her retirement.

Vicky Cartledge-Mann, Academic Director SpLD Service

On behalf of the lab-based researchers on Florey B2 floor I would like to give a big shout out and thank you to the cleaning staff for BMS. Having not been allowed to clean in the labs for the last year due to Covid restrictions they are now allowed in and in just a few days they’ve made such a difference. The labs look sparkly and so much nicer to work in. Thank you – you are so appreciated!

Dr Ellen Allwood, Department of Biomedical Science

I would like to say a massive thanks to my colleagues in Archaeology Natalie, Paul and last but certainly not least Sam, who we have yet to meet face to face, who have been brilliant coping with numerous challenges with positivity while delivering excellent service.

Kathryn Goldsack, PG Student Support Officer, Department of Archaeology

I would like to thank all the staff in Residence Life who have welcomed me into their team and supported me through my first two months in my new job. Leaning a new job remotely can be challenging, but everyone has gone above and beyond to make sure I settle and feel part of the team. My colleagues and managers have been amazing! Special big thanks to Annabel, Nicola, Lucy, Donna and Emma who have been so incredibly supportive! I look forward to us all being in a room together, in person soon!

Claire Marriott, Student Support and Wellbeing Officer

Week beginning 26 April

I am extremely proud of our department for all the work that has taken place to keep our staff and students safe and secure during this challenging time.

Our response to the Covid pandemic has been an excellent example of our collaborative culture where staff from the department came together to ensure the estate was able to respond to the challenge.

I also want to congratulate Beatrice and Kris for their nominations. Both have delivered truly exceptional leadership and played a critical role in enabling the University’s Campus Services team to deliver key front line services throughout this past year.

Keith Lilley, director of EFM


Image of Beatrice Taylor and Kris Fieldhouse

Estates and Facilities Management shortlisted for an Estates/Facilities Team of the Year award for their hard work and dedication in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. Facilities Managers Beatrice Taylor and Kris Fieldhouse (pictured) have also been highly commended for the Emerging Talent award. Read story

On behalf of Performance Venues, I would like to say a huge thanks to Andy Tarplett and the AV Services team. Andy has offered up his time to help us move equipment between venues on campus in order to support our live streamed events. What a legend!

CHRIS LEACH-PERFORMANCE VENUES

Week beginning 19 April

Massive shout out to Steve Sweeting in Campus Services. Using the staff wellbeing space in Solly Street has been incredibly helpful for me, and having a friendly person like Steve greet you in a morning makes it even better. Such a friendly and helpful chap.

Elliott Green


Huge thank you to Lynne Swiffen, ITS Service Transition Lead, for all her support over the last few weeks with project planning, action tracking and just being fantastic. No matter how busy Lynne is, she always has the time to support her colleagues and I have found her help invaluable. Lynne you are super organised, diligent and tenacious and I feel like we’ve been working together for years even though we’ve yet to meet face to face! I’ll buy you a big gin when all this has blown over!

Charlotte Lockwood, IT Services

I'd like to give a shout out to my colleagues from both Campaigns & Alumni Relations and the Events Team who have been doing a fantastic job as our Wellbeing Team (including our Wellbeing Champions).

Sarah Hamilton, Rebecca O'Connor, Maddie Sinclair, Katherine Barrott, Helen Meadows, Sarah Barnes, Rachel Measures and Jeanette Peat (apologies if I've missed anyone!)

Everything you can think of from wellbeing newsletters, informal coffee meetings, mental health brainstorming sessions, online quizzes and games, socials - every activity has helped both offices feel connected and engaged during this difficult time, and I personally have found it incredibly useful in the way it's all set up. I may not be able to make it to every activity, but the variety of what's on offer allows for flexibility and engagement on your own terms.

I'd also like to thank Sarah Hamilton for her inspirational weekly 'sign-off' emails; another great thoughtful touch point that has helped whilst working from home.

TOM REANEY, DATA AND REPORTING OFFICER, CAR

Week beginning 12 April

I would like to give a shout out to the Print and Design Solution team. As the pandemic started, the team realised very quickly that the University would need to work towards a safe return. Acting proactively, Sheryl Mather and her design team produced a catalogue of social distancing signage, focusing on sustainability and diversity.

The production team led by Michelle Barraclough and the Sales & Estimating Team led by Lucy Farmer returned to Campus on 1 June to start producing the signage that you will see all around Campus.

The team worked closely with EFM and in particular Helen Lally to lay safe and clear one way systems in every building at the University. This mammoth operation was successfully achieved through team work with EFM and in particular the Assistant Facilities Manager team of; Donna Oates, John Martin, Julie Hobson and Vaughn Sharpe, as well as a dedicated team of Facilities Assistants.

Well done to all the staff at Print and Design Solutions and all our colleagues who helped staff and students to be able to return to campus safely.

Colin Barrett, Campus Services Business Development Manager

I would like to thank the Security Support Officers and Control Room teams, Supervisors and Assistant Supervisors for their hard work, dedication and resilience in the face of the pandemic. I have seen the team pull together and support each other through every stage of this difficult time, whilst still managing to provide our critical services that help to keep the University operational 24/7, 365 days a year.

Simeon Sharpe, Assistant security supervisor

Week beginning 5 April:

I want to thank Karen Dewsnap and Jo Hill for running the Final Year OSCE examinations for the MBChB course with me. It's a massive team effort and you were amazing this week.

I would also like to thank all the staff from AUME who came in to help deliver the examination over 3 days, it's a massive practical exam and we couldn't do it without everyone pitching in.

THANK YOU!

Casey Smallwood, Clerical Officer and Elective Coordinator, The University of Sheffield Medical School

I would like to give a loud shout out to the Zone 1 (Faculty of Engineering) Campus Services Cleaning team, their Supervisors; Christine Whitworth, Lorraine Wilson and Gillian Wild and their line manager, Assistant Facilities Manager, Donna Oates.

The team has been ever present throughout the Pandemic period ensuring the University was safe for the research teams that worked through the early lockdown period. They worked tirelessly to help get the Faculty of Engineering open again for Learning and Teaching and throughout the Winter lock down period they have been on Campus from 6am every day to make sure everywhere was safe for critical staff who needed to be at work.

Thank you all for help to support the staff and students over the last year.

Colin Barrett, Campus Services Business Development and Facilities Manager

A massive thank you to all the Engineering and Maintenance team for their heroic efforts throughout the pandemic. Thank you for continuing to come onsite to provide a first class service - ensuring all the buildings throughout campus are safe; adapting skills to new circumstances and providing exemplary customer service both internally and externally.

I am particularly grateful to the wonderful Hugh Kelly, Paul (Paddy) Baker, Stuart Madey, Glenn Lannaman and Mark Sanderson for welcoming me back onsite after a long absence and helping me feel part of a fantastic team. Thanks everyone!

Chantelle Campling, Technical Support Officer, Estates and Facilities Management, Engineering and Maintenance

I'd like to give a massive shout out to Dawn Steele and Amy Roan in Estates Finance. They are brilliant at their job, always professional and their customer service is exemplary. They are just so patient, good natured and positive. We need more people like them! Thank you both for all your help!

I'd like to give a massive shout out to Dawn Steele and Amy Roan in Estates Finance. They are brilliant at their job, always professional and their customer service is exemplary. They are just so patient, good natured and positive. We need more people like them! Thank you both for all your help!

CHANTELLE CAMPLING, TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER, ESTATES AND FACILITIES MANAGEMENT, ENGINEERING AND MAINTENANCE

I wanted to give a huge shout out to the whole team in Campaigns & Alumni Relations. They have worked so hard over the past year to find new ways to engage our alumni and supporters and to fundraise, at a time when we had no idea what impact Covid would have on any of these things. They've been brilliantly creative and unflagging in their passion to keep sharing the amazing work going on here at the University and to support our students. And we ended up having our best fundraising year ever! I'm so proud to be part of such a great team that is thoughtful, fun, optimistic and full of inspiring energy. Thank you all for making it such a great place to work!

Ceris Morris, Deputy Director (Acting), Campaigns and Alumni Relations (CAR)

I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to my fellow Support and Wellbeing Officers Annabel, Claire, Donna, and Lucy. We have experienced our most challenging year ever and yet we have not stopped innovating, improving, and importantly supporting one another. Thank you!

Nicola Daniel, Student Support & Wellbeing Officer, Residence Life

Week beginning 29 March:

I would like to give a big shout out to all the Faculty of Engineering Trainees who have contributed massively to the research projects and the teaching going ahead. They constantly show that they are of a very high quality and are always willing to help out other areas when required. Well done to you all.

Geoffrey Howell, Technician Trainee Programme Manager, Faculty of Engineering

I would like to send a shout out to my Faculty of Science IT technicians and thank them for their resilience and tenacity during the most unprecedented and uncertain times. They have worked cohesively both on and offsite with the Faculty and Departmental stakeholders as well as their colleagues in ITS to procure over 300 items of hardware or software and setup, image and arrange delivery to home allowing users to continue working despite global component shortages in the supply chain due to the pandemic.

I'm proud to be part of such a successful team of diligent technicians who always go above and beyond and have quickly adapted to new ways of both working and supporting others. THANK YOU!

Sharon Gordon, Information Technology Team Leader, Faculty of Science

I'd like to thank Heather Crookes, my job-share and right-hand woman. She's been a great source of support this past year. Heather is incredibly hardworking, committed to her role, and I'm so glad she's become a running partner too.

Kirsty Bowen, Relationships Manager, Estates and Facilities Management

Thank you to all of our Arts & Humanities professional services teams across our departments and faculty for working tirelessly to deliver an excellent staff and student experience. We couldn't have done it without our amazing business partners from APO, Communications, Finance, GE, HR, IT, PPBI, RS and SRMA. Everyone has worked brilliantly to support each other.

Nic Talbot, Director of Faculty Operations, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

To all Accommodation Services who have been on site throughout the last year supporting students. It has been a tremendous team effort to continue to offer 24/7, services to all including Customer Services, Maintenance, Facilities and Cleaning. We could not have done it without you all. It has been a challenging year with some great achievements along the way.

Jayne Conboye, Head of Accommodation, Accommodation and Commercial Services

Thank you to Ana, Bex, Josh, Jayne, Jo, Lois, Lucy, Malcolm, Nicola, Penny, Rachel, Rachel, Robin and Sarah for your input to our review of compliance with OfS condition C1. You did an amazing job in a very short period of time - thanks!

Nic & Jamie, Faculty of Arts & Humanities

A huge thank you to all the programme team at the DClinPsy for the massive team effort that is our admissions process – made even more challenging by being conducted remotely (again!). An especially big thank you to Sarah, Jacquie and Tom for making the process happen seamlessly as ever despite huge organisational complexities behind the scenes. Thank you all – what a great team!

Georgina Rowse, DClinPsy Programme Director, Clinical and Applied Psychology Unit

Week beginning 22 March:

I'd like to give a shout out to the following colleagues who have kept me going throughout lockdown, especially as I live on my own...including Cat Bazela, Alison Duffy, Sheila Gray, Chris Jones, Maria Mawson and Deb Taylor. Our virtual coffee catch-ups have meant so much!

Rachael Newton-Carroll, Library Internal Communications Officer

Thanks to all Professional Services colleagues across the Faculty of Social Sciences in departments and the Faculty Office. You have done a stellar job in impossible circumstances in ensuring a great service to our students and academic colleagues. I look forward to seeing you back on campus really soon.

Karen Ball, Director of Operations, Faculty of Social Sciences

To the Student Wellbeing team - Emily, David, Jayne, Mick, Katie, Ben, Cat, Fiona and Viv. A huge thank you for all your hard work, enthusiasm and dedication over the past year. I am really proud of you all and what we have achieved as a team in such a demanding year, well done!

STEVE RACE, MANAGER, STUDENT WELLBEING SERVICE

Week beginning 15 March:

Huge thanks to Elaine Wilson from the InterLibrary Requests Team for tracking down an English translation of a 1945 journal paper originally published in Russian in the USSR. I was fully prepared for a long wait (or for it not being accessible at all) but it arrived within a few days. Although this paper is referenced all the time in our research area, most of us have never actually seen the original, meaning it was actually quite exciting when it dropped into my inbox!

Dr Candice Majewski, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

A huge thank you to all our fantastic Finance department colleagues. You have been amazing during an incredibly difficult year and have achieved an immense amount. I am deeply grateful and proud to work with you all.

Vicki Jackson, Director of Finance

A great big lifelong learning shout out to everybody who works with mature students right across the University. With your support, DLL students past and present continue to achieve remarkable things in extraordinary circumstances. Last year, our graduates - a number of prize winners amongst them - achieved better on average than their younger peers; and it's looking like this year will be no different. More importantly, in doing so these students will have enriched the learning experience of many more of their peers, and of the staff members who teach and support them across four faculties. None of this would be possible without the support, humanity and sheer dedication of everyone working on DLL's foundation year pathways. My particular thanks therefore to all my wonderful colleagues in the Department for Lifelong Learning.

Dr Willy Kitchen, Head of Department for Lifelong Learning

I would like to give a shout out to my colleagues at the Nuclear AMRC Birkenhead facilities for all the hard work and support they have given each other over the last year. It has been a difficult year for everyone and very uncertain times, and I feel our team has become a stronger unit together. Not only supporting each other within work, but also outside too! It is a great work family to be a part of, and I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved as a team this year! Thank you!

Stephanie Dawn, Administrator, Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC)

I would like to thank the 'F10' team of Professional Services staff in both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Mathematics and Statistics for all your hard work over the last year. You have dealt with the changes to how we work exceptionally well and have continued to provide great support to staff and students. There have also been a number of new starters over the last 12 months and you have all done an excellent job, particularly with the difficulties of starting a new job remotely. Everyone has been so supportive and I am really grateful for everything you all do.

Danielle Jackson, Departmental Manager, Department of Physics and Astronomy and School of Mathematics and Statistics

I wish to thank everyone who’s been involved in the launch of the new Gradintelligence service, the software that helps UoS provide official HEARs and Transcripts to its students and alumni, and replaces Digitary.

Helen and Dan, in Student Administration Service with support from Josh in Student Services Information Desk, together with Andrew and Supriyanka in IT Services have all made significant contributions to the Gradintelligence project. Against the back-drop of the pandemic challenges/ constraints, an immovable supplier contract end-date, and facing varied personal challenges of remote working whilst also maintaining business as usual, the team have worked tirelessly and collaboratively together with the Supplier to ensure the project goes ‘live’ ahead of schedule.

Their ‘can do’ and collaborative approach, attention to detail and long hours, combined with high levels of organisation has ensured that the project deploys smoothly without a break in service for the end-users (students and alumni).

Thanks everyone - great job!

Derek Smallwood, Project Manager

A huge shout out to the IICD and O&M Operational Team: Emma Chilton, Theresa Hall and Lauren Dodd formed during lockdown in 2020. They have never met in person before but meet virtually each week to teach each other, learn from each other, support each other and plan work together. They get on famously and I couldn't ask for a better team. I especially love to see their faces on a Friday afternoon for our weekly Google catch ups. They really cheer me up and keep me going! Thank you so much for your hard work team!

Sarah Jackson, Senior Administrative Officer, Departments of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease and Oncology & Metabolism

Student Support and Guidance and Residence Life teams for calmly and professionally responding to some really challenging situations, ensuring our students are supported through tough times. Huge kudos to you all.

Catherine McKeown, Interim Head of Student Support and Guidance

Week beginning 8 March:

I would like to say a massive thank you to the Service Management team - Service Desk, Frontline, IT Support, Operations, Vendor Management and Business Support teams across IT Services. You have all been amazing in delivering and supporting new and existing services; you have worked at pace to support new ways of working and have provided a level of support to students and staff that is unprecedented. That being said I have seen collaboration and a sense of ‘we are in this together’ across the department - it's great to work in IT Services!

Janine Barraclough, Head of Service Management, IT Services

Big high five to IT Services, particularly the Education team. From the team who update the timetable with every policy shift, to those who procure, develop and implement new products, to colleagues supporting hardware on campus and, last but certainly not least, everyone who completes the important work of ‘keeping the technical lights on’ for students and staff. Special shout out to the Learning and Teaching Operations group - they really helped as I was new to the University before lockdown #1 started - thank you.

Katie Attwood, Education Product Management (interim), IT Services

For all our fantastic colleagues in the Library who have kept our virtual and on campus services going through thick and thin, supporting our students, researchers and teachers often in very stressful times. This poem (right) submitted by Katy C Humberstone, PGT Modern Languages, to celebrate Valentine’s Day sums up how much your efforts are appreciated and hopefully brings a smile to your face.

ANNA, ALISON AND ELLIE (LIBRARY EXECUTIVE TEAM)

Dear Lib,

Today of all days, I feel I must write,
To express my happiness and delight.
I've truly fallen under your spell,
But I know others feel the same as well.
Although the current times seem blue,
I always find a friend in you.
You're the one constant in my life,
Through hardships, deadline stress and strife.

You offer me the space to be,
Productive, creative: sometimes simply just me!
I can lean on you when I need a guide,
Research, e-books, computers - your mission is wide.

Inspired by your spaces and thirst to learn,
You understand the knowledge for which I yearn.
I day-dream of meeting you face-to-face,
But for now, at least, we must make-do with cyberspace!

KATY C HUMBERSTONE, PGT MODERN LANGUAGES

I would like to thank my colleague, Sophie Jacob, for her positivity and commitment to her role while working from home and having a young child to care for. Thank you so much!

ANGELA SIMONITE, FACULTY OF SCIENCES


A huge thank you to all staff, in particular the University IT Support community and Information Champions. During a challenging year, you have all worked incredibly hard to support us with essential work around Cyber/Information Security, in order to keep the University safe and secure.

IT Services

I would like to thank all the staff from Biological Services (BSU, BSA and VEsL) that have worked hard to ensure that the animals in our care have continued to be looked after to the usual very high standards. Biological Services Staff have continued to work on site through the three lockdowns and managed to keep our research programmes moving forward providing first class services to researchers across two faculties (FoS and FoMDH) and nine departments. I am so proud of every one of them for their efforts, not only managing the work onsite but dealing with all the additional stresses away from work that Covid-19 has presented; diligently turning in every day on site to look after the animals. Each of them should take great pride in the services that they have provided throughout this time and I am immensely proud of every one of you for your continued support and hard work.

DR ALAN HART, DIRECTOR OF BIOLOGICAL SERVICES

I would like to thank all the cleaning staff and Facilities Assistants who are working tirelessly to keep us safe in the Firth Court and Western Bank areas. In particular, Julie Hobson continues to be relentlessly cheerful, efficient, resourceful and professional. Many thanks to her, and the teams that she is managing.

MELANIE HANNAH, BMS TECHNICAL MANAGER

Huge thanks to the Library reading list team for being so responsive over the past year so that more students can access their recommended reading through the online reading list system. Great work, and I look forward to seeing you again / meeting you for the first time in person later in the year.

DEBORAH TAYLOR, TEACHING DEVELOPMENT LIBRARIAN, UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

An enormous thank you to all staff and students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Across the many different and varied ways in which you have engaged professionally, positively, stepped up when and where needed, and have really gone that extra mile to keep the department functioning across all aspects of research and education in the most intensively challenging of times. I am immensely proud of everyone.

JOHN HAYCOCK, HEAD OF MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING

A huge thank you to the Professional Services and technical teams in the School of Architecture and the Department of Landscape Architecture, not only for all their hard work in the last year but in making me feel so welcome since I've joined in January. It's not easy getting to know people when working remotely and you've all made it much easier with your support, collegiality and excellent good humour which is much needed at present. Thank you very much and I am looking forward to meeting you all in person...soon!

RACHEL DODD, SCHOOL MANAGER, SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
DEPARTMENT MANAGER, DEPARTMENT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Week beginning 1 March:

I'd like to give a massive thank you to the Faculty of Arts & Humanities Research Hub Team, who have worked so proactively and reactively to provide excellent support for a huge increase in applications and awards over the last year. Adele, Katherine, Hannah and Sara are total stars!

Bron Ray, Research Hub Manager, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Thank you to Mark, Lisa, Clea, Susie, Keighley, Yanning for making my first year at SEAS one that was filled with laughter & helpfulness. I don't know how I would have got through this year without you. And as the fairy godmother says 'No relation' - still makes me crack up!

MEGAN MORRIS, POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH SUPPORT OFFICER, SCHOOL OF EAST ASIAN STUDIES


Thank you to all the staff in the School of Law for their fantastic work over the last year, and in particular the compassionate and good-humoured approach to supporting our students and each other during a very challenging time.

Professor gRAHAM gEE, Head of the School of Law and Professor of Public Law

Thank you to the Editors of the Regent Street Journal, a witty and irreverent fortnightly newsletter distributed to staff in ScHARR. This newsletter and the team working on it has provided some much needed light relief for ScHARR staff and has fostered a sense of community in a staff body that has had a year of working remotely.

Dr Louise Preston, Senior Research Fellow, ScHARR

To Rachael White

Just to say that lovely photo of you and your children cheers me up every time I log in!

My heart goes out to all parents and children as it can't be easy, especially as these circumstances have dragged on and on. My boys are adults and long flown the nest so I haven't had to deal with this. Take care and keep smiling!

Carey Christensen, Admissions Administrator, Faculties of Science & Medicine, Dentistry and Health

I would like to thank the Professional Services and Theatre Workshop teams in the School of English (Michelle Wegrzynska, Emily Reed, Claire Lee, Sidsel Lund, Caroline Rawle, Barbara Harrison, Emma Bradley, Helen Penkethman, Jane Lowe, Leesa Spence, Becky D'Silva, Rob Hemus and Ellie Pickersgill). Everyone has had to completely change how they work to move from working on campus to working at home and they have all done a fantastic job. I am so proud of the team for adapting and for continuing to support our staff and students in really difficult circumstances. Every person has done a great job and deserves a great big thank you.

Elizabeth Lydon, School Manager, School of English

I would like to add a thank you to the Internal Communications team - Somer, Fran, Melissa and Sophie. What a year it’s been! You’ve worked tirelessly to get important communications out to staff during this difficult time, often with very little notice (thank you UK Government!). I know that at times it must have felt like there was no such thing as work/life balance so I hope that you are taking the time to look after and be kind to yourselves.

Lindsey Wilson, Head of Internal Communications

Thank you to all the professional services and academic staff in the Department of Politics and International Relations. In an incredibly difficult year, you have all worked so hard to do the very best for our students. I am enormously grateful.

Professor Ruth Blakeley, Head of Department, Politics and International Relations

I'd like to thank all of the Library and Estates and Facilities Management staff (cleaners and porters) who have kept the libraries open and items circulating for the University community.

Kate Grigsby, Arts and Humanities Liaison Librarian

I started as a new Head of Department during the pandemic, also being new to the University. I cannot thank education colleagues enough across this period of time. Collaboration, collegiality and compassion are there in abundance so a big thanks from me.

Professor Rebecca Lawthom, Head of the School of Education

Thank you to all my colleagues in the Medical School, both on campus and at home. Seeing you in person or speaking to you by email or video chat cheers up my day.

Orla Gallagher, Senior Research Technologist, skelet.AL Skeletal Analysis Laboratories, Department of Oncology and Metabolism

Thank you to the English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) at the University of Sheffield International College, for being a great team! I appreciate your support and enthusiasm!

AURELIA CRISTIANA SERBAN (CRIS), ENGLISH LANGUAGE TUTOR, THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

I'd like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Boyer, Bex Freeman and Alex Goode for not only being the best of colleagues, but also the best of friends. The past year would have been so much harder without your support and all the laughs. Thank you so much!

Kerry McMahon, HRI Administrator, Humanities Research Institute

Huge thanks to the Pricing Team for your support and advice, and being all-round fab colleagues to work with! Your patience and professionalism never goes unnoticed and is much appreciated.

Arts Research Hub

Thank you to all my colleagues in the School of English for your hard work over the last year. It's been an astonishingly challenging time, but I have admired everyone's dedication and professionalism throughout. I am proud to work with you all.

Professor Jane Hodson, Head of the School of English

A huge vote of thanks to academic and professional services staff in Landscape Architecture from your Head of Department - you are wonderful colleagues and your dedication is greatly appreciated.

Professor Anna Jorgensen, Head of the Department of Landscape

A massive thank you and huge appreciation to all the staff team at Sport Sheffield. Over the past year our staff team have shown amazing flexibility, patience, support and dedication steering us through the original lock down of all our facilities at very short notice, reopening facilities with many safety adaptations, adjusted our ways of working and completed this continuous process on numerous occasions. It has been an incredible team effort and very well received by our students and sporting community. #team effort #blackandgold

Andrew Cox, Director of Sport and Physical Activity, Sport Sheffield

To everyone in APSE you have been amazing. The things you have achieved whilst tackling the many and varied personal challenges of remote working have been outstanding. There are simply too many examples to cite, so here are just few: the pivot of student services online (301 and Careers), the resources developed at speed for staff (Digital and Academic Practice Teams and all involved with Elevate); running the streamlined Annual Reflection process and launch of TellUS (APO); transitioning to blended delivery for our mature students (DLL), the development of MySkills (Careers); making time and space to support each other, and just keeping the wheels on the bus! You should be hugely proud of what you have achieved!

Michelle Nolan, Director of Academic Programmes & Student Engagement

A huge thank you to all staff in the iSchool for your dedicated efforts in supporting our students and each other throughout the pandemic. You have done a fantastic job in what are really challenging times.

Professor Val Gillet, Information School

Huge thanks to the Student Fees and Funding team for processing all the student rent refunds and all the requests for support from the Covid Support Fund, on top of normal workloads.

sUSAN bRIDGEFORD AND cRAIG bEST

I would like to thank all staff across the Health Sciences School for the support they have shown to each other and to HSS students. The positive comments regularly received from students across the school are testimony to their hard work and commitment. I would also like to thank all academic and professional services staff who have worked on submitting research grant applications across the Health Sciences School, given that at this point in the 2020/21 financial year, we have captured more research income compared to this point in the past two financial years.

Professor Tracey Moore, Dean of the Health Sciences School and Faculty Director of Engagement and Development

An enormous thank you to all the staff in the Division of Human Communication Sciences (HCS) for all their excellent work in supporting students over the past year. I know the students are very appreciative of the personal support and the excellent online learning and teaching you have all delivered. Students often send me lots of positive feedback to send on to you all. The past 9 weeks have felt really challenging and I know how hard HCS staff have worked. Turning our speech and language therapy clinics into telehealth placements have been incredible for our students and all the people with communication impairments we work with. Thank you for all the support you have shown each other and to me as well.

Judy Clegg, Head of Division, Human Communication Sciences

This is a big thank you to all the staff of Biomedical Science - academic, professional and technical - for your fantastic efforts in keeping the department running during the last year’s constant uncertainty. Having come only recently into post, I am massively impressed with the cool and calm that is pervasive among people who are going consistently over and above the call to keep things running, and to deal with the changes that keep coming. There are many stars among you - they and we know who they are - but everyone has pulled together in common cause and I am deeply grateful to all, and indeed grateful to our students at all levels whose support, patience and co-operation has made our tasks in the constantly shifting sands that bit easier. Thank you all.

Andrew Furley, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, Interim Head of Department of biomedical science

I would like to say a huge thank you to all my colleagues across the University, you are all truly fantastic and even on tough days working with you all and seeing evidence of the great work you do keeps me going.

Tracy Wray, Director of Corporate Communications & External Relations