Your University magazine 2022-23

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Prestigious prize for expert in Japanese culture

The University of Sheffield ranked second top in Yorkshire and Humber for the percentage of employed graduates who are in ‘highly skilled employment’.

Tackling inequality in postgraduate research The University has received funding for three projects that tackle access inequality of postgraduate research (PGR) for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students. The projects will support the University to deliver its Race Equality Strategy and Action Plan, which aims to improve the representation, progression and success of BAME students and staff through a more culturally inclusive and diverse community. Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, Chair of the Race Equality steering group, said, “At the University of Sheffield, we are committed to driving diversity, equality and inclusion. Bringing together people with different views, approaches and insights can lead to a richer,

landscape, with the colourful flowers designed to attract pollinators and wildlife, as a permanent tribute. Historic Royal Palaces also hosted smaller floral Jubilee displays at Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and Hillsborough Castle, and invited children to grow their own flowers. This is the second tribute to the Queen focusing on nature, the first being “Plant a tree for the Jubilee” in the Queen’s Green Canopy. Her Majesty has spoken of her love of nature in the past and recently urged world leaders at the COP26 summit to come together and address the climate crisis for future generations.

more creative and innovative environment for teaching, research and student experience.” These are among 13 projects funded by Research England and the Office for Students to improve access and experience of research for BAME PGR students. Led by the University of Leeds, they will work with institutions to create training and advice to maintain inclusive values in postgraduate research. The University of Sheffield plans to establish the Centre for Equity and Inclusion and work with four other universities on the Yorkshire Consortium for Equity in Doctoral Education. It will also participate in Generation Delta, promoting representation of BAME female professors in higher education.


lecturer from the University’s School of East Asian Studies (SEAS) has been awarded a £100,000 prize to further her promising career in Japanese cinema and culture. Dr Jennifer Coates, a Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies, was selected out of over 400 nominees to be the recipient of the Philip Leverhulme Trust’s ‘Visual and Performing Arts’ category for her research, which has attracted international recognition. Dr Coates said, “It’s quite surprising to receive the award. Japanese studies sometimes feels like quite a small and specific field, so it’s really nice to see a broader interest in Japanese cultural studies in the UK.” Dr Coates was nominated for the prize by Professor of East Asian Cinema and the Head of SEAS, Kate Taylor-Jones. She said, “Jen has shown herself to be a leader in the promotion and development of the field of Japanese cinema studies in the UK and beyond. “I hope that this award will demonstrate the breadth and quality of the work that is produced by scholars at SEAS.” Dr Coates teaches several undergraduate modules and has studied, researched and taught her subject on an international scale, including in Japan, Australia and the US. Anna Vignoles, Director of the Leverhulme Trust, said, “I am delighted that we have been able to award these prestigious prizes to such a stunningly talented group of academics. This round was more competitive than ever and the judges had an incredibly difficult task.” 2022/2023 | YOUR UNIVERSITY