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New Year honours for University of Sheffield staff and alumni

New Year honours for University of Sheffield staff and alumni

Impressive women from the University of Sheffield have been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen in the New Year honours.

Amongst other staff and alumni, both Dr. Helen Sharman OBE and Professor Hilary Anne Chapman CBE have been praised for their outstanding achievements in science and healthcare.

Pioneering work

Sheffield graduate and Honorary Doctor Dr Helen Sharman OBE has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George in recognition of her services to science and technology educational outreach.

Dr Sharman graduated from the University of Sheffield with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1984 and after undertaking 18 months of training, she became the first Briton to go into space and the first woman to visit the Mir space station. During her mission she was involved in various experiments about the effects of weightlessness on physical, chemical and biological systems.

Dr Sharman has become a leading ambassador for science and, in 1993, was honoured with an OBE for her pioneering accomplishments. She has also overseen a range of specialist facilities and laboratories used for teaching and research, and was appointed President of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) in October 2015. Dr Sharman has been an active advocate for technicians in higher education and works closely with the University of Sheffield’s Technical Development and Modernisation programme.

Impressive women making major contributions

Professor Hilary Anne Chapman CBE, Chief Nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust and Honorary Doctor of Medicine at the University of Sheffield has been awarded a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Professor Chapman was made an honorary doctor of medicine by the University of Sheffield in 2015 in recognition of her major contributions to health policy, healthcare delivery and system reform, which led to the development of the Safer Nursing Care Toolkit.

This system is now used widely in hospitals throughout the UK and helps determine safe nurse staffing levels on acute wards depending on how sick or dependent patients are

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield commented on the honours stating "I am delighted that colleagues and alumni of The University of Sheffield have been honoured for their longstanding commitment to science and health. What all these awards share in common is deep belief in the value of education and a determination to put knowledge at the service of the public." Adding "The University of Sheffield is also particularly proud that these honours recognise the contribution of the full spectrum of Science and healthcare in practise and a growing recognition of the crucial professional contribution of both scientific technicians and nursing."

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