Steve Renshaw
Professor Renshaw

“SGS Gave me the confidence to believe in my ability to achieve. I loved the work and we had teachers that were happy to stretch me.” .”

Steve Renshaw, class of 1987, is the Sir Arthur Hall Professor of Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

How do you feel SGS helped to shape the person you are today?

SGS gave me the confidence to believe in my ability to achieve.

What was your experience at SGS like?

Fun – I loved the work and we had teachers that were happy to stretch me.

Were there any teachers who inspired you or made a particular impression on you?

John Garrood – I owe him such a lot. He really believed in me and encouraged me. Brian MacDouall was an inspiring teacher – I got a huge amount out of the maths he taught me.

What did you do after SGS?

Cambridge medicine, then Oxford for clinical school. Junior doctor jobs in Northampton and Birmingham, then Nottingham for a 2 year rotation at one of the busiest medical units in the country. Then moved to Sheffield for a research post in respiratory medicine, did a PhD there and built a successful research lab over the last 20 years.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

Giving my inaugural lecture for the Sir Arthur Hall chair.

What advice would you give to anyone wanting to follow a similar path to you?

Take it one step at a time – I never dreamed I would be where I am now.

What are your ambitions for the future?

Hard to look beyond this winter just at the moment…but maybe one day I would like to run a medical school.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I run a lot, long distance trail runs preferably. I like to spend time with the kids, although they are not so keen on this now they are teenagers.