The 2012 Staff Recognition Awards were presented by the Vice-Chancellor at this year’s Staff Recognition Evening held in the Claverton Rooms last Wednesday (20 June 2012).
This year’s winners were Colin Kennedy (Estates) and Wendy Lambson (Physics).
The winners were presented to the Vice-Chancellor by the Chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Gareth Price.
- Colin Kennedy, a Portering Team Leader based in 5 West, was nominated by Chris Roche – postgraduate in the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology, who said: “Colin has demonstrated unrivalled enthusiasm to achieve excellence in the environmental and sustainability profile of the department”; Pharmacy & Pharmacology achieved a Gold Award in the Green Impact scheme and was rated highest-achieving academic department in the University.
- Wendy Lambson is a Research Technician in Physics and was nominated by Alan George, Technical Manager; Catherine Haines, Department Co-ordinator; and her Head of Department, Professor Jonathan Knight, who commented on how she had been instrumental in replacing much of the department’s outdated office furniture through the acquisition of desks and chairs which were surplus to requirements elsewhere – thus ‘saving the planet’, improving the working environment and saving many thousands of pounds.
In presenting the two award winners, Professor Gareth Price said: “It is a great pleasure to acknowledge the efforts of a range of staff at the University and it was very difficult to choose the winners from the nominations we received.”
The award is made annually to staff, other than academics, who have shown initiative, innovation, creativity, and who have worked beyond the call of duty to the benefit of the University.
The Staff Recognition Evening is also the time when the service of many long-serving members of staff is recognised.
Reggie Stone of BUCS was congratulated on being the longest-serving member of staff present; Reggie started at the University in September 1971.
The following staff had completed 35 years service during the course of the last year:
- Dr Chris Williams – Architecture & Civil Engineering
- Professor Geof Holman – Biology & Biochemistry
- Dr Martin Ansell – Mechanical Engineering
- David Barker – BUCS
- Chris Holley - Estates
- Linda Coles – Finance
Of those who have retired in the past year (or who are about to do so imminently), the following who had completed more than 20 years service were present:
- Jan Legge – 20 years – School of Management
- Maureen Huxley – 21 years – ICIA and its predecessors
- Des Wighton – 30 years (to the day!) – BUCS
- Richard Weston – nearly 32 years – Technician in Mechanical Engineering
- Margaret Wootten – nearly 38 years – Admin Computing and then BUCS
- David Cunningham – 38 years – BUCS
- Professor Bill Brooks – 39 years – POLIS and its predecessors