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SUMS students vote Professor Dick into university’s top 12 ‘most inspirational’

Professor Dick preparing for her Inspiration & Co talk

Penny preparing for her Inspiration & Co talk

Professor Penny Dick from Sheffield University Management School’s Institute of Work Psychology has brought the learning and teaching achievements of our fantastic academics to the fore.

Inspiration & Co, ‘a mind store of horizon-broadening talks from the university’s most inspirational teachers, researchers and lecturers’, encouraged students to vote for their most inspirational academic staff members at the University of Sheffield. Prof Dick reached the final 24 – at which point there was another stage of voting to determine the top 12.

Happily, Prof Dick received enough votes to ensure she reached the top 12 and last night took on a TED-style talk in the University of Sheffield Students’ Union. Her talk explored the following:

Lots of unpleasant experiences at work are difficult to make sense of and even more difficult to explain to other people. But what happens if you think you might be the victim of, say, bullying or sexual harassment but you are not really sure if you are such a victim and whether anyone (with power) will believe you? This talk explores the problems around the interpretation and reporting of social experiences like sexual harassment and how these problems are not adequately dealt with at the policy level.

The management school’s Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Professor Paul Latreille, said: “We’re proud and delighted to have one of our teaching staff acknowledged by the students in this way. It’s testament to Professor Dick’s dedication to the school’s quality learning and teaching provision, and I feel it sets an aspirational barometer for our peers.

“Inspiration and Co has gathered momentum, and it will be great to see what they bring to the table in future years.”

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, added: “We knew that Professor Dick was hugely valued by the students that she teaches, as she is amongst her colleagues, and we couldn’t be happier that her inspirational ways have been acknowledged on this public stage.”

Read more about Inspiration & Co on their website (, and keep checking our social media channels for a video of Professor Dick’s inspirational talk.

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