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Sheffield Hallam receives inaugural Sarah Nulty award for promoting LGBT+ inclusion

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Sheffield Hallam University has been presented by SAYiT with the first Sarah Nulty Award, in recognition of the work it does with the LGBT+ community.

The award is named after Sarah, founder of Sheffield's Tramlines festival and a hugely respected and much loved young gay woman, who sadly died earlier this year.

Steve Slack Chief executive of SAYiT, an LGBT+ charity supporting young people in the city, said: "The Sarah Nulty Award is a new award which will be presented annually to an individual, professional or organisation who has gone above and beyond for the LGBT+ community.

"Specifically, it will be awarded for those supporting and making positive contributions to the lives of young LGBT+ people and their communities in Sheffield.

"Sarah was the driving force behind Tramlines for 10 years and will continue to be remembered as a great role model for LGBT+ people in the city having demonstrated exceptionally inspirational leadership qualities. 

He added: "Sarah attended Sheffield Hallam University so it seems fitting that the award this year will be going to the University.

"The team at Hallam, in particular James Laley and Hayley Parker, have worked tirelessly with us as a charity, run fundraising events for SAYiT, and collaborated in orchestrating large-scale campaigns around National Coming Out Day and LGBT History Month.

"Next year we will be working with Hallam to organise a Rainbow Laces football event confronting LGBT+ phobia in sport. Sheffield Hallam University’s commitment to promoting LGBT+ equality in the city has been phenomenal and we are delighted to be able to publicly show our gratitude and respect in this way."

Sally Jackson, institutional lead for equalities, said: "We are absolutely delighted to have been named the first recipients of this very special award. It is a great honour and we are proud to help keep Sarah's memory alive through our work in promoting equality and inclusion at Sheffield Hallam and throughout the region. Our vision is to create and sustain a safe, inclusive culture where diversity is valued and celebrated."

Christie Rossiter, James Laley, Hayley Parker, Steve Slack

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Christie Rossiter, who is the manager of SAYiT and Sarah’s fiancĂ©, said: "I am proud of all SAYiT achieves and impressed by the broader work being undertaken to improve the lives of young LGBT+ people throughout this city. I am particularly excited to be presenting our very first Sarah Nulty Award to Sheffield Hallam University in recognition and thanks of this.

"My loving fiancé Sarah would be thrilled to know that she is the inspiration behind this accolade. She is very dearly missed, but I take solace in the knowledge that her influence extends enduringly and that she may incite others to create positive change or even to become a LGBT+ leader for their generation."

For press information: Polly Mosley in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 3224 or email