Sheffield Hallam University has been shortlisted for three awards at the Times Higher Education Awards 2020, which are considered to be the Oscars of the Higher Education sector.

Professor Christine Le Maitre has been shortlisted for Research Supervisor of the Year, Jan Timms has been shortlisted for Technician of the Year and the work of Dr Suni Toor has been shortlisted in the International Collaboration of the Year category.

Professor Christine Le Maitre is an outstanding mentor to PhD students from diverse backgrounds, with a reputation for consistently going ‘above and beyond’. Christine has been nominated by students for the Sheffield Hallam Inspirational Supervisor Award nine years running, winning the prestigious award twice. She has also led her department to the top of national postgraduate student satisfaction ratings.

Jan Timms is a Clinical Simulation Team Technical Manager at Sheffield Hallam, supporting the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. She is an inspirational member of staff who thrives She was recently involved in rapidly delivering the support required to enable more than 600 Sheffield Hallam healthcare students to volunteer and join the NHS workforce early in order to support the Covid-19 effort.

Dr Suni Toor, based at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice (HKC) at Sheffield Hallam, has led a project to collaborate with Madhya Pradesh State Police and Action Aid India on the human rights project ‘Justice For Her’. The project has helped train more than 10,000 police a year to deal more effectively with cases of gender-based violence, whilst also supporting the drive to increase the number of female officers.

Awards will be announced during a virtual event on 26 November.

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said “I am delighted that these three exceptional members of our university community have been recognised for their outstanding work, creativity and commitment.

“They truly embody Sheffield Hallam’s ambition to transform lives through outstanding teaching experiences, impactful research and collaboration with our global partners.”

John Gill, Times Higher Education editor, said: “While this year’s awards will differ from previous years, because we will not be able to gather to celebrate in person, the purpose remains the same: to highlight and champion the very best of the talent and creativity that shines out from our universities”.

“In 2020 more than ever, it is vital to recognise and shout about those achievements. The shortlists are packed with the qualities that will carry UK higher education through this tumultuous period and on to even greater success.”