Congratulations to the winner of the Chancellor’s Medal 2021 

We are pleased to announce that this year's recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Medal is Alexander Tanner, a final year student in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.

Alex has been driven by a desire to combat eye disease and blindness. Alongside his studies, he has worked as a researcher for world-class groups in Sheffield, at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, and in London at St Thomas’ Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, King’s College London, and University College London. In his role as a researcher, he has conducted many successful projects, most notably leading a multi-centre study investigating Butterfly Shaped Macular Pattern Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease. There was a scarcity of literature describing the presentation, treatment, outcomes, and genetics of this condition. Alex’s work has helped address this, providing valuable patient prognostic and management information, and as such was selected by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for publication in their top-ranked journal ‘Ophthalmology’. His research has resulted in 8 national and international presentations, 2 published abstracts in the Investigative Journal of Ophthalmology & Visual Science and several awards from the Enid Linder Foundation, Sheffield Medico-Chirurgical Society and HealthWatch.

Complementing his research, Alex worked as a graduate teaching assistant for the Department of Biomedical Science. He was much liked by students for his enthusiastic but focused approach to explaining complex concepts. In his time-off, he was the President of Sheffield Ophthalmology Society; he helped rekindle a dormant society, significantly increased memberships, fundraised for EyeHeroes, organised teaching programmes and developed/ delivered a national revision course. Feedback for this course was overwhelmingly positive and he was commended by the Regional Educational Adviser for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

To help fund his tuition and gain some entrepreneurial experience, Alex also co-founded a gourmet marshmallow business, ‘Guimauve Ltd.’ The business won a substantial grant and subsequently developed a delicious range of confectionery, supplying thousands of marshmallows to large events, festivals, balls, weddings, and charities.

Alex clearly exhibits attributes and skills which are highly valued by the University and is a highly worthy recipient of this award.