Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education

29 June 2016

Sheffield Hallam University is the first winner of UKCISA’s Professor Paul Webley Award for Innovation in International Education.  The awards were set up in memory of our former Chair, who sadly died earlier this year. All 17 pilot and research projects that received UKCISA grants funding were eligible for the award.

The team at Sheffield Hallam University has been awarded the accolade for their pilot project to improve awareness of sexual health among international students in higher and further education.

Data from the university’s health centre revealed an increase in the number of unplanned pregnancies in the Chinese student population. The team at Sheffield Hallam applied for a UKCISA grant to address the issue by making students aware of the risks. It featured leaflets to distribute during orientation and medical registration, online blogs and short videos, information sessions about access to healthcare and face-to-face sessions with Student Health Facilitators. It also included a toolkit for other universities and colleges to use when delivering similar projects. 

Julie Allen, Director of Policy and Services added: “We’re delighted to present the Professor Paul Webley Award to Sheffield Hallam today. We were impressed with the detail in the original submission and those who attended the Members’ Forum in Manchester this year will have heard about the project and may remember the buzz in the room.  
One of the judging panel described the project as ‘brave’ and it was, we felt, the most innovative of all the projects and research we funded last year.”

Highly commended was Plymouth University’s research into accessibility and inclusivity of university counselling and wellbeing services for international students. Their interim findings are on our website.  UKCISA Director of Policy and Services, Julie Allen, said:  “We felt this was an issue that many institutions have been challenged by for many years and we have been impressed with the quality of the application and the work done so far.”

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