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We are always interested to discover what our alumni are doing now. Here is a small selection of news from people who have been in contact with us or who we have spotted in the media.


1930s

We were sad to learn of the death of  Sir Alan Dawtry CBE, TD (LLB Law 1937, Hon LLD 2007) at the age of 102. His distinguished career in local government began at Sheffield City Council. He later served as Chief Executive of Westminster City Council, and played a major part in the creation of the present pattern of 32 London boroughs. He served as an officer in the Royal Artillery during World War II and received the military MBE for his part in planning the Anzio landings. Miles Stevenson, Director of Advancement, said, “Sir Alan was so proud of his University. There were only 10 students in his 1937 graduating class and he watched with pleasure how the University grew in size and reputation over the next 80 years.”

1950s

Sir Peter Middleton (BA Economics 1955, Hon LittD 1984), former Chancellor of the University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Non-Executive Director Awards 2018.

1960s

Sir Bernard Waddingham (BA Economics 1968) has been invested as a Knight of the Pontifical Order of Saint Gregory the Great in recognition of his work in support of the Roman Catholic Church and of the Holy See.

1970s

Union Ball poster, 1974. Photo supplied by Dr Mike Hayes (BA History 1975, MA Japanese Studies 1978, PhD Japanese Studies 1981).

 Union Ball poster, 1974. Photo supplied by Dr Mike Hayes (BA History1975, MA Japanese Studies 1978, PhD Japanese Studies 1981).

Dr Ian Logan (MBChB Medicine 1970) received the 2017 Annual Best Paper Award from the journal Zoological Research, a publication produced by the Kunming Institute of Zoology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Zoological Society, for his paper on the epidemic in South America caused by the Zika virus.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach
(BA Geography, Economic and Social History 1977, Hon LittD 2007) was elected Chairman of the NATO Military Committee by the Allied Chiefs of Defence.

Professor Stewart Cole (PhD Microbiology 1979) is the President of the Institut Pasteur, Paris.

1980s

 A postcard of the Concourse and Firth Court, 1980. Image supplied by Richard Mayson (BA Geography 1983)

Paul Mason (BA Music and Politics 1981, Hon LittD 2014) received the inaugural Ellen Meiksins Wood Prize from the Broadbent Institute, Canada.

Susanna Chiu (BA Economics 1982) received the Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award from the Commercial Daily, Hong Kong.

Steve Oldfield (BA French and Spanish 1985) is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Department of Health and Social Care.

Professor Dr Nizamuddin Ahmed (PhD Architecture 1987) is the Vice-Chancellor of BGMEA University of Fashion and Technology (BUFT) in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

1990s

 St George’s Church was closed as a place of worship in 1978. In 1994 an imaginative conversion created a lecture hall and student accommodation in the north and south aisles.

Professor Colin Bailey (BEng Civil Engineering 1992, PhD Civil Engineering 1995) is the President/Principal of Queen Mary University of London.

Clare Edwards (BMus Music 1995) received the Lady Hilary Grove Prize 2017 for her outstanding contribution to music in the community.

Dr Spiros Kitsinelis (MChem Chemistry 1999, PhD Chemistry 2003) was nominated for the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards (Social Impact category) for Greece 2017.

2000s

Katharine Lowrie (née Land) (BA Landscape Design with Planning 2000) has published Running South America with my husband and other animals, the story of the remarkable journey she completed with David Lowrie (BA Business Studies 2000) to raise funds for BirdLife International and Conservacion Patagonica.

Dr Wei Yang (MSc Computer Aided Environmental Design 2001, PhD Architecture 2005), Founding Director of Wei Yang and Partners, London, was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Alexandros Charkiolakis (BMus Music 2002, MMus Music 2004) was nominated for the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards (Professional Achievement category) for Greece 2017.

Scott Lomax (BA Archaeology and Prehistory 2004) is the City Archaeologist for Nottingham.

Cllr Ben Curran (LLB Law 2006,
PG Cert Leadership 2012),
Cabinet Member for Planning and
Development on Sheffield City Council, is one of
the recipients of a Marshall Memorial Fellowship 2017–18, awarded by the German Marshall Fund of the US, which promotes understanding of trans-Atlantic relations.

Dr Nikolaos Dimitriadis (PhD Management 2006) was nominated for the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Awards (Entrepreneurial category) for Greece 2017.

David John Henderson (1985–2016)
(BA History 2006, MA Historical Research 2007) was elected posthumously to the category of Honorary Fellow by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology where he held the position of Institute Registrar.

Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE (BSc Psychology 2007, Hon LittD 2010) received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017 ceremony.

Dr Ayesha Saeed Husaini (PhD Education 2009) received the British Council’s Social Impact Alumni Award for the Middle East and North Africa

 The Information Commons was refurbished in 2017, in its 10th anniversary year.

2010s

Sophie Trew (BA Journalism 2013), a vlogger and founder of Trew Fields Festival, was named a Remarkable Person at the Spotlight Awards, set up by Live Better With Cancer.

Professor Dame Hilary Chapman CBE (Hon MD 2015) is a Deputy Lieutenant of South Yorkshire.

Dr Helen Mort (PhD English Language and Linguistics 2015) won the Mslexia Women’s Poetry Competition for her poem Vanishing Point.

Theodore Wing (BSc Biomedical Science 2016, MSc Translational Neuroscience 2017) received the inaugural Jody de Vos Annual MND Award for his research into motor neurone disease at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience.

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