Robert (Bob) Stevens has been working as a technician in the Department of Chemistry for 35 years.

The award was presented at the recent Annual Staff Recognition Evening, hosted by Professor Bernie Morley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor.

Bob was nominated by 15 colleagues, who praised him for the quality of his teaching support, and his introduction of sustainable working practices. He has also contributed voluntarily to outreach events such as Salters Festivals of Chemistry for year 7 pupils and Chemistry Camps for year 10-11 pupils.

In presenting Bob Stevens for the award, the chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Phil Willis said: “Bob’s commitment to innovative ways of running the teaching lab and reusing equipment, coupled with his outstanding outreach work with schools made him stand out.

"Add to that his training and mentoring of colleagues and he was the clear winner of this year’s Staff Recognition Award.”

The Staff Recognition Award is made annually to members of 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. More details about the Staff Recognition Award Scheme.

The Staff Recognition Evening is an annual event to which long-serving members of staff (15, 20, 25, 30, 35 & 40 years), together with retiring staff who have completed more than 20 years' service are invited.

Amongst staff recognised this year was Dr Tony Robinson of Mathematical Sciences, who has completed 40 years’ service.