Hallam honours key figures

Alex Pettifer.
Alex Pettifer.

ONE of the leading lights in the growth of Hallam University and a former city headteacher are among figures to be awarded honorary doctorates by the university.

Alex Pettifer steered Hallam’s redevelopment as director of estates and facilities until his retirement last year and played a key role in the refurbishment of the City Hall. He continues to chair St Luke’s Hospice and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.

Mo Laycock.

Mo Laycock.

After being awarded the MBE last year, he will be honoured by Hallam in the autumn for his services to the university and outstanding contribution to city public life.

Mr Pettifer said: “To be honoured in this way by my former employer is a special moment for me. Sheffield is a fantastic city and I am proud to have played a part in its development over the years.”

Mo Laycock, who received an OBE for her education work, retired last year after 15 years as head at Firth Park Community Arts College, overseeing its transformation from a poor performer to being recognised by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’ in many areas.

With a fine arts background, she believes passionately in the power of the arts to enhance students’ motivation.

Ms Laycock said: “I have always been a strong supporter of Sheffield Hallam, so I am thrilled and very touched to be recognised in this way.”

Frank Eul, chair of the Sheffield Hallam board of governors and a key figure in Sheffield’s development over the last 10 to 15 years in his role as chair of Creative Sheffield, will be honoured for his services to business in the city.

Honorary degrees are going to Ian Sarson, group managing director of Compass Group, who has worked with Sheffield Business School as a visiting Fellow for several years, Julietta Patnick, director of NHS cancer screening programmes, Michael Elliott, a leading arts figure and former cultural advisor to government ministers who began his career in Sheffield, and Prof Celia Hoyles, a leading educator and former Government chief advisor for mathematics.

Degrees will be awarded in November.