Staff Excellence Awards 2015

Janet Firth, Head of Department, Human Resources and Leadership won the 'Outstanding Manager of the Year' category at the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Staff Excellence at a ceremony on 17 June.

The 'Outstanding Manager of the Year' is 'an individual who has managed and motivated team colleagues to develop their potential and work together with purpose and professionalism to achieve the highest standards.'

Staff who nominated Janet described her as a model of excellence whose professionalism and approachability shine through. She brings out the best in her team, finding time for each and every member and  combining her managerial skills with evident warmth and sensitivity. She is extremely dedicated to the University, working above and  beyond to bring in new business opportunities,  and is highly respected by her students and staff alike.

Janet joined Deaf Studies lecturer Avril Langard-Tang amongst the winners, representing the success of the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Micael Barden said:

"I am delighted to say that at the staff excellence awards ceremony the Faculty triumphed, taking home two of the six awards available.

"I am sure you will want to join me in congratulating Jan Firth from the Business School who won the outstanding manager of the year award and Avril Langard-Tang from Deaf Studies who won the Inspirational Lecturer of the Year award.

"It is a great achievement for both individuals and further evidence of the depth of talent in the Faculty as a whole. Many congratulations to Avril and Jan."

The Awards are an opportunity to celebrate and reward those who have worked tirelessly across the organisation  over the past 12 months to provide an outstanding experience for our students. There are have six categories, with nominees in the majority of categories being determined by staff nominating their peers.
The award ceremony took place at a celebration evening at the University's Performance Hub, Walsall.