Neil Rackham Foundation Award Winners announced

A generous fund of £10,000 has been donated by Professor Neil Rackham, Sheffield alumnus (BSc Psychology 1966 and Hon DSc 2017), to recognise students who have risen to the challenge of remote group working, through volunteering, coursework, a society or work experience. While the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly changed how we interact with one another, our students have adapted and have continued to achieve in very difficult circumstances.

More information about the award

"In these trying times, universities need to find new ways to develop the core skills of collaboration, creativity, communication and critical thinking. Simple distance learning doesn’t do a good enough job, so we sponsored this competition to get ideas from our students. The response has been fantastic!” - Neil Rackham

There were over 80 submissions in the form of videos, blogs/vlogs and written pieces, each of which demonstrated excellent problem solving, collaboration, creativity and communication within group work. The submissions were reviewed by a Panel of University staff and SU Officers. The submissions showcased an outstanding range of successful and inspirational examples of group work and all applicants should be extremely proud of what they have achieved.

1st Prize



Department of Landscape, Faculty of Social Science

Stefanie Goldsborough, Jiangyan Shou and Meghana Manjunath

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2nd Prize

Anyone can Engineer


Faculty of Engineering

Dimitris Boufidis, Grace Faulkner, Nomah Habeeb, Kristel K Bedregal Portugal, Bhoomika Gandhi, Jaimini Solanki

3rd Prize

Journalism Society


Department of Journalism, Faculty of Social Science

Lauren Wilkins, Yasmin Waters, Amber Thornton, Olivia Ann Schofield, Hannah Youds, Emily Pollock, Sam Morris, Luke Hansford, Nat Williams, Sraddha Sabu

Runner Up

University of Sheffield Islamic Society


Usmann Ahmed, Lina Sorour, Henan Ali Mansoor, Muaad Shabana, Anas Diab, Shadha Shabani, Munisa Ismail, Nabeeha Farooqui, Tahani Saleh, Marwan Ibrahim Mahmoud Badreldin, Abdulrahman Al-Azzani, Aisha Sillah, Amirah Yusri, Dana Wadha

Runner Up

Survey design and data collection


Sheffield Methods Institute (SMI), Faculty of Social Science

Hui Yen Tan, Dominic Lanham, Siti Nurfaiqah Shairulfezel, Wan Amirah Binti Wan Azanainizam Yusri, Ismail Haider

Runner Up

SU Volleyball Club


Jordan Frith, Federico De Feo, Weronika Jacewicz, Annabel Connor, Alice Ragsdale, John Ikonomidis, Laia Marquez, Olivia Morgan, Holly Looker, Molly Brown

Sharing best practice

Examples from submissions will be used to create resources that will inspire others to be equally as successful in their own group work, providing ideas, tips and strategies. These will be both from the perspective of students undertaking group work, and staff facilitating group work within their teaching.

Resources for students will be available through the 301 Academic Skills Centre which provides a range of support for all students to be successful learners while studying at Sheffield.