Over 170 members of staff and their guests were warmly welcomed by Professor Ian White, Vice-Chancellor and President, and Richard Brooks, Director of Human Resources, to this year’s Staff Recognition Evening on Tuesday 25 June. The informal drinks reception and dinner in the Claverton Rooms provided the opportunity to thank the University’s long-serving staff and retirees for their loyalty and achievements, as well as to present this year’s Staff Recognition Awards.

Congratulations to this year’s Staff Recognition Award Winners

See who won this year’s awards

Highlighting excellence, initiative, creativity and innovation, the Staff Recognition Awards recognise the exceptional work of many of the University’s professional services/support staff. Nominations were invited earlier this year from students and staff in four award categories, and were the most impressive yet in terms of breadth, quality and diversity, as well is in quantity. The Staff Recognition Awards Selection Committee, chaired by Professor Sue Wonnacott, had the difficult task of selecting winners from over a hundred excellent nominations.

The winners of each category were announced by Professor Wonnacott and were congratulated on their outstanding achievements and contribution to the University by the Vice-Chancellor, who presented them with framed certificates and engraved awards. The winner of the Staff Recognition Award for Overall Excellence (awarded to an individual or team nominated in any of the four categories considered by the Committee to be truly outstanding) was, in turn, announced by the Vice-Chancellor.

Sincere thanks and appreciation to long-serving staff and retirees

Richard Brooks and the Vice-Chancellor thanked those members of staff who have recently retired, or who are shortly to retire, as well as those who have worked at the University for 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years.

The longest-serving member of staff who attended the Staff Recognition Evening was Professor Graham Room (Department of Social & Policy Sciences) who joined the University almost 46 years ago. Also present were Charles Boyton (Security Officer), Lesley Moore (Technician, Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology), Michael Pooley (Sports Ground Foreperson, Estates) and Professor Sue Wonnacott (Department of Biology & Biochemistry) who have each completed over 40 years at the University.