Fellowship scheme launched to inspire world-leading academic talent and research
A pioneering scheme at the University of Sheffield will see 20 exceptional researchers from around the world recruited to unique fellowships as part of the University’s commitment to develop the highest calibre academic talent at the University.
The Vice-Chancellor's Fellowship scheme, which was launched today (Monday 15 October 2012), displays the University’s commitment to support and promotes international research capacity through the appointment of outstanding research staff.
It is hoped the fellowships, which will see the new staff join by April 2013, will cultivate a new generation of researchers and enable the University to carry out even more ground breaking scholarship which makes a real difference to people’s lives.
Professor Keith Burnett, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “I am delighted to announce the introduction of these Vice-Chancellor’s fellowships, which show the University’s commitment to developing cutting edge research talent over the long term.
“The University of Sheffield is proud of our reputation for world-class scholarship across the board, and we are committed to ensuring that the highest calibre academic staff are given the environment in which they can thrive.
“Ensuring that UK Higher Education continues to be a magnet for talented researchers is a significant challenge. British universities face strong competition from our international peers whose governments recognise that investment in research is key to growth. However, The University of Sheffield is determined to make the kind of interventions which will attract and develop outstanding individuals. We believe these Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowships will further strengthen our offer as an internationally-renowned institution carrying out world class research and delivering a real impact for communities here and across the globe.”
The scheme includes two levels of fellowship to recognise excellence at different career stages and enable the University to realise the ambitions for this scheme as quickly as possible The first is aimed a post-doctoral researchers who have received their PhDs in the last five years and the Advanced Fellowship for established researchers with between five to 10 years experience and who have an excellent research track record.
The fellowships will be distributed across the University’s five faculties and offers of appointment will only be made to exceptional candidates. The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellows will be expected to have their research published in the highest quality journals and attend national and international conferences.
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The University of Sheffield
With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).
These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.
The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.
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