Loyal service & outstanding achievements

This year’s Staff Recognition Evening took place on Wednesday 28 June in the Claverton Rooms. It was hosted by Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, President & Vice-Chancellor; Professor Sue Wonnacott, Professor of Neuroscience, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science; and Richard Brooks, Director of Human Resources.

Thanks and congratulations to retirees and long-serving members of staff

The Staff Recognition Evening is an annual event which recognises and celebrates the service of those who have recently retired from the University, or who will shortly retire, as well providing an opportunity to publicly thank those members of staff who have completed 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years’ service.

  • The longest serving current member of staff attending, with just over 40 years’ service, was Professor Alan Lewis from the Department of Psychology.  Alan joined in October 1976 as a Research Fellow, originally for two years.  He will be retiring later this summer.
  • The longest-serving retiree attending was Martin Stone, who worked as Operations Engineer in BUCS until his retirement in August last year, having completed 45 years’ service.

Presentation of Awards

The evening also provided the backdrop for the presentation of the annual Staff Recognition Awards and this year’s unique award, the Vice-Chancellor’s 50th Award for Special Contribution.

Staff Recognition Awards

Professor Sue Wonnacott, who chaired the Awards Selection Committee, introduced the two recipients of this year’s Staff Recognition Awards for those who have shown initiative, innovation and creativity, working beyond the call of duty to the benefit of the broader life of the University.

L to R Sophie Miles, Professor Sue Wonnacott, Laura Wisby


Professor Wonnacott commented that it had been impossible to choose between two such excellent nominations.

  • Sophie Miles – Student Recruitment & Research Marketing Officer in Marketing & Communications

Sophie has showcased both creativity and innovation in providing high quality social media marketing campaigns, helping to bring the University in line with other universities in terms of using social media. The Awards Committee was impressed by Sophie’s quantifiable achievements within a relatively short space of time.  Her colleagues commented on her enthusiasm and commitment, going above and beyond what was expected.

  • Dr Laura Wisby – Research Development Manager in Research & Innovation Services

The Awards Committee was impressed by the way in which Laura has extended her support role and provided guidance and assistance to colleagues on strategic academic grantmanship.  Her efforts have contributed to the broader life of the University by supporting the Cancer Research at Bath Committee where her innovative ideas shaped a bigger GW4CANCER bid.  She has proved to be an invaluable asset to the reputation of the University and the wider GW4 academic community.

The Vice-Chancellor with Ron Stewart, winner of the VC's 50th Award for Special Contribution

The Vice-Chancellor’s 50th Award for Special Contribution

The Vice-Chancellor presented this year’s unique award to Ron Stewart, Sports Facilities Manager.  Ron has worked at the University for almost a quarter of a century, a period that has seen enormous change in the Sports Development & Recreation Department, resulting in the provision of facilities that have helped to raise the profile of the University on both a national and international level.

Ron has always been passionate about the delivery of sport at the University and highly motivated to play his full part in delivering an excellent experience for all users. He is an advocate for the maintenance of the highest standards, leading through example and motivating his 45-strong team through an immensely strong work ethic and capacity for hard work.

Congratulations to Laura, Sophie and Ron on their outstanding achievements.

Nominations for next year’s Staff Recognition Award

Nominations for next year’s Staff Recognition Award will open early in 2018.  Details of the nomination process will be posted on the Homepage.

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