As we ask you to vote for the famous faces that should grace the walls of our brand new Hubs at Vita Student Newcastle and Glasgow, we take a look at some of the people that currently adorn the walls of our existing residences across the UK.
Here are two of the most successful alumni local to Sheffield:
B.A (Hons) Psychology 2007 – University of Sheffield
Olympic gold medallist track and field athlete
A little about them:
Jessica Ennis-Hill is the current Olympic and world heptathlon champion. She is also the former European heptathlon champion and the former world indoor pentathlon champion. She is a former British record holder in the 100 metres hurdles, the high jump and the indoor pentathlon.
Following her Olympic success in 2012, Ennis-Hill was welcomed back to Sheffield by an estimated 20,000 people in the city centre. In 2014, she was voted the most inspirational figure by under-25 year olds in the UK. She was also voted Sportswoman of the Year at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards in 2016.
Ennis-Hill’s parents introduced her to athletics by taking her to a Start:Track event at Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium during the 1996 school summer holidays. She won her first athletics prize there, which was a pair of trainers.
B.A (Hons) Communication Arts – Sheffield Hallam University
Director, writer and animator
A little about them:
Park is best known as the creator of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. He has been nominated for a total of six Academy Awards, winning four.
In 1985 he made A Grand Day Out and Creature Comforts, as his contribution to a series of shorts called "Lip Synch". Creature Comforts matched animated zoo animals with a soundtrack of people talking about their homes. The two films were nominated for a host of awards. A Grand Day Out beat Creature Comforts for the BAFTA award, but it was Creature Comforts that won Park his first Oscar.
In 1990 Park worked alongside advertising agency GGK to develop a series of highly acclaimed television advertisements for the "Heat Electric" campaign. The Creature Comforts advertisements are now regarded as among the best advertisements ever shown on British television, as voted by viewers.
The Queen and Prince Charles are fans of Wallace and Gromit, awarding Park a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1997 for his contributions to the film industry. At a dinner celebrating the nomination, the Queen reportedly asked to be sat next to Park.