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Emma Gray, Julia Tyte
Emma Gray (left) & Julia Tyte with their award certificates
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Internal News - 03 July 2006

Staff Recognition Award winners 2006

Julia Tyte, from Psychology, and Emma Gray, from the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, are this year's winners of the University's Staff Recognition Awards.

They were presented with their awards by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glynis Breakwell, during the Staff Recognition Evening in the Claverton Rooms on Tuesday 27 June. Professor Barry Crittenden, who chairs the selection panel, explained why they were chosen.

Julia Tyte is Placements Tutor in the Department of Psychology and was nominated by many staff and undergraduate students from the department.

With a "phenomenal memory that gets to know and remember", she was nominated not just for the time but more importantly the quality of time that she spends helping students find placements.

Commendations were also made for Julia's commitment to external activities in support of the department as well as for her perseverence organising placements, sometimes overseas, for students with special needs.

Emma Gray is Arts Assistant in the ICIA and "...is now, almost certainly, the face of ICIA".

Emma was nominated by staff and sabbatical officers from the Students' Union because "she has, almost single-handedly, created a sense of an artistic community on campus, encouraging participation in the arts, at whatever level or ability".

Emma has undertaken a long list of initiatives during her year and a half at Bath, many during her free time. These have included setting up and teaching a weekly choir and acting as vocal coach for the student production of Sweet Charity.

One evening during the show, the band was short of a saxophonist, so in characteristic fashion, Emma stood in and helped out.

Numerous staff were also recognised for their long service at the University.

In particular, three members of staff have been working here for 35 years: Hugh Perrott, Experimental Officer, Centre for Electron Optical Studies; Dave Stokes, Plumber, Estates; and Pete Clark, Audio Visual Unit Manager, BUCS.

The person who had retired during the year with the longest service was Dr Michael Bailes, Instrumentation Officer in Chemistry, who retired last August with almost 38 years of service.