Women at University of Sheffield work on inspiring projects

Women at University of Sheffield work on inspiring projects

 August 30, 2018

Women at the University of Sheffield find themselves working on very exciting, and often high-profile, projects.  And they are also often recipients of prestigious awards due to their fabulous academic, personal and work-related achievements.

Professor Angie Hobbs judges the Man Booker International prize

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Women at the University of Sheffield find themselves working on very exciting, and often high-profile, projects.  And they are also often recipients of prestigious awards due to their fabulous academic, personal and work-related achievements.

Angie Hobbs, Professor at the University’s Department of Philosophy joins historian and broadcaster Bettany Hughes, writer and translator Maureen Freely, novelist and satirist Elnathan John, and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra on the panel of five judges for the 2019 Man Booker International Prize — the world’s most prestigious literary prize.

As a prolific researcher and specialist in ancient philosophy and literature, ethics and political theory, Angie’s profile perfectly aligns to the literary prowess needed to judge this prestigious award. She has many published works in these areas and regularly contributes to radio, TV and further media. Angie has also spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Houses of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament and Westminster Abbey. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Honorary Patron of the Philosophy Foundation and Patron of the Philosophy in Education Project.

“I am honoured and delighted to have this opportunity and think it fits perfectly with the University’s international outlook and the #WeAreInternational campaign which promotes international collaboration and scholarship across the world,” commented Angie. “Normally, an academic is featured on the judging panel for Man Booker International, so luckily this time they chose me!”

Angie’s position on the panel requires a great deal of reading and a huge commitment, which Angie feels will help her battle ‘empty nest syndrome’ with her daughter recently at University.  “It’s safe to say that I’ll be reading a great many books between October and May, so that's my evenings and weekends sorted,” said Angie.

Dr. Julie Gottlieb contributes to making history in Parliament Square

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A further impressive woman at the University of Sheffield is Dr Julie Gottlieb who recently worked on a remarkable project as historical advisor for the statue of suffragist and social campaigner, Millicent Fawcett, erected in Parliament Square. The statue was endorsed by Prime Minister Theresa May and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan.

Julie, a reader of modern history, shared her experience regarding this tremendous project.

“I was approached to be one of the historical advisers to Gillian Wearing, the Turner-prize winning artist commissioned to create the statue,” explained Julie. “Millicent Fawcett - the suffragist leader of the non-militant campaigners, the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, had already been chosen as the subject, but Gillian needed historians to help her decide the list of 59 suffrage campaigners to be commemorated around the plinth of the statue, including some men.  Over the course of last year, I met with Gillian, we worked on a criteria for the list and spoke on the phone on a number of occasions. A group of us met at the Mayor’s office to help Gillian finalise the list.”

During the Centenary Day celebrations, Julie arrived in London partly dressed in the suffragette colours - purple and white. “It was awe-inspiring to be there with the Mayor of London, the co-curating team and TV historian Lucy Worsley, who fronted the campaign, with journalists and TV cameras everywhere. After a tense few months, during which there had been a lot of curiosity about the statue, it was very satisfying to finally be unveiling the figures on the list,” she says.

“I was then invited to the Vote 100 reception in Westminster Hall - the big inaugural event for the centenary. It was televised and they invited all present and former women MPs, many of whom wore suffragette colours, and Prime Minister Theresa May and Commons Speaker, John Bercow, gave speeches.”

Julie has written extensively on women's political engagement in 20th century Britain, and presented her research to diverse audiences around the UK and abroad.

Claire Cosset wins Business Administration Apprentice of the Year

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The University has also seen successes for their professional staff. Claire Cosset, an apprentice Support Assistant in HR, has won Business Administration Apprentice of the Year in the Sheffield City Council’s Apprenticeship Awards, 2018.

Claire, who has been an apprentice at the University of Sheffield since November 2017, was one of five apprentices in the city to win within her category. The University of Sheffield also received a recognition award from the Council as a Supportive Employer of apprenticeships.

The Apprenticeship Awards, organised by Opportunity Sheffield – the Council’s employment and skills service – celebrate workplace and in-learning achievements of apprentices, while recognising the valuable role played by their employers.

Trophies and certificates to the Apprentice of the Year winners were presented by Councillor Jayne Dunn, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, Sheffield City Council.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners, runners-up and shortlisted candidates at the Apprenticeship Awards, each of whom fully deserves recognition for their achievements,” said Jayne.  

“Their employers are owed a debt of gratitude for their ongoing commitment to apprenticeships, providing opportunities for individuals to learn on the job, develop new skills and thrive in the workplace."

In her role as Support Assistant to the Business Systems and Rewards team, Claire has worked hard supporting a number of important projects. Her role has included tasks like helping deliver the new Financial Education Programme, proactively dealing with queries relating to the University's total reward package and contributing to the EU Staff programme of support, including the photography exhibition that celebrates the contribution of non-UK EU colleagues.

Claire’s manager Hannah Morgan, describes Claire as a very proactive, enthusiastic and highly motivated team member.

“I am very happy to have been given the opportunity to work in a department that values employee contribution. Winning the Apprentice of the Year has made me feel like I am valued and recognised for the work I do,” said Claire. “My manager has been so supportive, providing me with new experiences and opportunities to learn new skills - I am grateful that she nominated me in the first place!”

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