A YOUNG teacher has become the first winner of a new Sheffield Hallam University prize – named after its chancellor.
Laura Barlow, from Sheffield, graduated as a science teacher with first-class honours this summer after completing a year on a biochemistry course and a science with education degree.
The 21-year-old, from Beighton, is now busy in her first job at Shirebrook Academy in Mansfield – the secondary where she completed one of her training placements.
Laura received the inaugural Lord Winston Prize – named after chancellor Professor the Lord Robert Winston – as part of Hallam’s annual graduation ceremonies.
Laura said: “When I took the phone call about the award I was surprised, but also really proud.
“It’s given to someone who has helped to inspire young people in their science studies and this is its first year.”
Laura completed her teaching practice in Mansfield and at Outwood Valley Academy, Worksop.
She was nominated for the prize by Hallam’s science team, who said it was clear Laura was determined to become a science teacher.
A spokesman said: “She was an excellent student throughout the course.
“Her placements were very successful and at the end of the second one she was judged to be an outstanding trainee.”
Before enrolling at Hallam, Laura worked at Rotherham Council for three years, running forensic science workshops for vulnerable students during the summer to support their transition from primary education to secondary school.
Her official nomination stated: “We put Laura forward because of her strong subject knowledge in science, excellent achievements on placement, her ability to communicate and enthuse pupils about science, her commitment to the education of all pupils and her hard work, spirit and enthusiasm.”