Long serving staff celebrated

The Long Service Awards recognised 18 staff who have worked at the University for 25 or 40 years.

At the event, 14 staff members were presented with 25 year awards, with another presented with an award for 40 years at the University.

Robert Hooton, Senior Technician for the School of Applied Sciences, was presented with a watch and pendant to mark his 40 years at Wolverhampton.

Steve Jeffs from the Institute for Learning Enhancement, also celebrated 40 years service but was unable to attend the ceremony.

Two further members of staff who have also worked at the University for 25 years will be presented with gifts at a later date as they were unable to attend the event.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Geoff Layer, and Dr Josh Johnson from the University’s Board of Governors, presented each member of staff with their gifts and thanked them for their hard work.

Professor Layer said: “What makes a University really great is the people – the student body and the staff working together. The record of service that these members of staff have achieved provides a major sense of their commitment to an organisation which has a key role in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Telford and beyond. The sort of service they have all put in makes us the strong university that we are today."

Dr Johnson added his thanks and said the Board of Governors appreciated the work of the staff members.

The 15 members of staff who received Long Service Awards at the event were:

  • Senior Technician in the School of Applied Sciences Robert Hooton
  • Senior Lecturer Deirdre Burke, from the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
  • Senior 2nd Line Support in IT Services Paul Collett,
  • Head of the Centre for International Development (CIDT) Philip Dearden
  • Assistant Caretaker Ronald Edmunds, from Estates and Facilities
  • Senior Lecturer Richard Hawkins, from the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications
  • Cashier at Walsall Jayne Horton, from Estates and Facilities
  • Head of the Gateway Kirsty Jones, from the Office of the Dean of Students
  • Senior Lecturer Bryan Kite, from the School of Technology
  • Receptionist/Telephonist Anne Lloyd, from Estates and Facilities
  • Assistant Registrar Georgina Masters, from Registry
  • Learning Environment Manager Jacqueline Maynard, from Learning and Information Services
  • 2nd Line Support Analyst Richard Partington, from IT Services
  • Senior Technician in the School of Art & Design, Andrew Roberts
  • Senior Technician in the School of Education, Hitendra Vadgama

The additional long serving members of staff were:

  • Senior Technician in the Institute for Learning Enhancement Steve Jeffs
  • Senior Lecturer in the School of Education John Chorley
  • Security Shift Supervisor John Dalton from Estates and Facilities.

As well as individual gifts, staff members and their guests received flowers or a University paper knife at the awards event on held at the Wolverhampton Science Park.

The staff members recognised are based across the University’s campuses at Wolverhampton, Walsall and Telford.

The Long Service Awards were organised by Wendy Worrall on behalf of the Personnel Department. Director of Personnel, Steph Harris, welcomed everyone to the event and also read a biography of each of the long serving members of staff at the ceremony.


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