Staff biographies

 

40 years' service

Stewart Mason – School of Art & Design

Stewart joined the School of Art & Design of the University in 1968 as a Technical Assistant in the then department of Visual Communications providing technical support to staff and students across a wide range of print methods and techniques.
 
In 1979 he became Principal Technician Printmaking and in 2003 he was promoted to Superintendant Technician, responsible for the management of the technician team within the School.
 
He is the School facilitator caring for the fabric of the building and its furnishings and equipment. He worked alongside Facilities in the £7 million refurbishment of MK building moving staff out of the floors being renovated, and then back at the end of the work. He makes sure in practical ways that the host of events that take place in and around the School of Art & Design - degree shows, exhibitions, fashion shows, craft sales, etc – take place. He manages a large, diverse team of technicians who are the mainstay of the School.
 
For his award, Stewart chose a watch.

25 years' service

Nici Cooper – IT Services

Nici joined the Polytechnic in March 1983 as Teaching Coordinator Secretary in what was then the School of Engineering.
 
By April 1985 she had moved to the Faculty of Science and Technology, taking up the post of Admin Support Secretary/WP Operator, WP standing for Word Processor.
 
This early flair for the use of technology in the workplace was spotted by staff in what was then the Computer Centre, and Nici became a Trainee Support Analyst in January 1988.
 
Within a few short months, she advanced from trainee status to become a substantive Support Analyst in October 1988. Her primary responsibility was for the provision of support and training for word processing and related applications. In March 1994 Nici was promoted again, to Principal Analyst with User Support Services. This move built on her previous role and allowed Nici to further specialise in training, working with colleagues and IT experts to extend training into several new areas, notably Microsoft Office Excel and Access.
 
In April 1999 Nici took on her present role, now known as Information and Staff Development Manager.
 
This role recognised the key role of staff development and training both to professional IT staff and to the productivity of staff at all levels across the University.
 
For her award, Nici chose a Pearl Bracelet.

Dr Kevin Hogan – School of Applied Sciences

Kevin Hogan joined Wolverhampton Polytechnic in 1984. He was appointed Lecturer and subsequently Senior Lecturer in Cognitive and Occupational Psychology. However greater things beckoned and in 1990 he was appointed Head of the Psychology Division. Over the next decade, under Kevin’s guidance Psychology flourished and in 2001 the Department of Psychology had 380 FTE’s, 30 plus staff, 4 undergraduate degrees, 3 postgraduate awards and the universities only fully operational Practitioner Doctorate. This was housed in the new Millennium City Building on Main Campus and boasts some of the best psychology teaching facilities in the UK. In addition there are extensive dedicated laboratory accommodation for psychology teaching and research.
 
During this phase of sustained growth Kevin undertook extensive work outside the University supporting academic psychology in the UK. He has served as a QAA visitor and assessor on seven University visits and worked as a consultant/external advisor at De Montfort, Nottingham Trent, Aston and Derby Universities. During this time he also prosecuted numerous projects in the general arena of health and social care. Between 1995 and 2002 he ran a research team that delivered 20 or more funded research projects focusing upon mental health and ageing. These projects were conducted on behalf of every major public authority in the area. He also provided help and consultancy in the region on topics such as disability, unemployment, ageing and social care, and mental health issues such as crisis care and pain management.
 
Kevin’s dedication to the well being of citizens of Wolverhampton and the region in undoubted and this has been recognized by his appointment to the Research Committee at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust, the Wolverhampton Health and Social Care Committee and others in Dudley and Staffordshire.
 
The merger of the old School of Health Sciences and the School of Applied Sciences in 2001 provided a further opportunity for Kevin as he as then able to step into an Associate Dean role and use his extensive experience for the benefit of the new School.
 
For his award, Kevin chose a Music System.

Pauline Lim - School of Health

Pauline has a long history of working in the Health Service, which started in the mid 1970s, when she first started nurse training in Dudley, and soon after completed her midwifery training. It was while Pauline completed her nurse training she met her husband, and in 1980 they went out to Hong Kong for 2 years, where Pauline continued work as an agency nurse.
 
Since she retuned to the UK in 1983, Pauline has worked at Sorrento Hospital where she did her neonatal intensive care course, and later returned to work as midwife at Dudley in 1985, before moving into midwifery education in 1992. In 1995 as part of the School of Midwifery, Pauline joined the University of Wolverhampton and is a senior lecturer Nursing and Midwifery, a position she currently holds.
 
Pauline has developed an interest in special needs and undertakes the Special Needs Tutor role in the School of Health. She also has a keen interest in complimentary therapies and among many things is trained in aromatherapy, reflexology and Indian head massage.
 
She is also an avid supporter of breast feeding, and publication of her first book on the subject is imminent.
 
For her award, Pauline chose a Gold Necklace.

George Marks – School of Art & Design

George Marks attended the London College of Printing (now part of the University of the Arts) and the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, before completing a BA (Hons) Graphic Design at Leicester Polytechnic.
 
In September 1983 he took up the post of Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design in Stourbridge College and subsequently moved to the University of Wolverhampton as Senior Lecturer a position he has retained until the present date. He spent six years as subject leader for Graphic Communication between 1993-99.
 
He has a long-standing interest in Polish theatre and film posters organising and curating an exhibition of Polish posters in the School’s Foyer Gallery in 1999.
 
In recent years he has been a key figure in the Writing Pad project (promoting effective writing in art and design) and is a member of the editorial board of the new Journal of Writing in Creative Practice.
 
In addition, George has also acted as the UCU (formerly NATFHE) representative for the School over a considerable number of years
 
For his award, George chose an Apple Macbook.

Pamela Morris – Learning and Information Services

Pamela Morris joined the University in June 1963. Her current role is Resources Librarian.
 
For her award, Pamela chose a pair of silver vases.

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