Coronavirus has impacted us all: from working at home, to queuing at shops, to cancelled holidays, everyone has been affected by this pandemic in one way or another. The Neil Rackham Foundation Award offered a prize-fund of £10,000, generously donated to the University of Sheffield by Professor Neil Rackham, to celebrate the success of student groups in remote working during this challenging time. Submissions were judged across four categories: collaboration; critical thinking; communication; and creativity and innovation. The ACE team was recognised in second place, receiving a prize of £2,500.
1. Setting Team Goals
2. Maintaining Healthy Team Dynamics
3. Going Digital
‘Turning everything into an online format can seem chaotic at first,’ says Dimitris Boufidis.
‘That’s why it’s very important to have a clearly organised platform such as Google Drive to keep track of your documents.
‘The team saved time and made it easy for each other to find material and work together on files in the shared space.’
4. Working Asynchronously
5. Reinforcing Success
‘Successful team projects involve appreciating and acknowledging team members for their contributions,’ says Nomah Habeeb, second year bioengineer.
‘It’s important to have a clear understanding between the members to create a high team spirit. By ensuring the members are respected and hence comfortable, the team is motivated and driven to work even in unforeseen circumstances like COVID-19.’
Asked about the importance of the project, Jaimini explains: ‘I want more students to be passionate and aware about engineering roles and not just the structural or manufacturing aspects, but the creativity, communication and team working alongside this.’
Dr Gary Wood, Head of SELA, said ‘We are delighted to see SELA members recognised with this award. It is testament to their hard work in bringing together a team to share their enthusiasm for engineering as they create new ways to inspire the next generation of engineers.
‘SELA recruits engineering talent from across the Faculty of Engineering, and develops students with the skills and aptitude to lead positive change and make a positive difference. Projects like Anyone Can Engineer demonstrate the capability our students can make right from the start of their leadership journey.’