At the annual ‘celebrating staff success’ event held by Staffordshire University, a new category for this year’s event saw staff being presented with awards for sustainability. The ceremony, which is about recognising the achievements of employees in the University over the past 12 months, included two awards highlighting commitments by members of staff to sustainability within the University, both on-site and in the curriculum, and outside the workplace.
Chrissie Pinner, the Postal Services Manager at the Stoke Campus of the University received the ‘Beyond the Workplace’ award for her commitment to addressing the problem of domestic waste littering the streets in the area around the campus and in the roads and streets in Shelton. Her commitment to this in her own time has led to improvements in the surrounding area which are benefiting the whole local community by not only improving the environment by addressing waste collection problems but have also contributed to a healthier environment for local residents and students as a result.
“I know it’s worked because I haven’t had to ring the council for eight months and it’s a much better environment for people to live and work in. It has made a big difference to the community and the University and I was very proud to receive the award.”
The second award was presented to recognise innovations in the curriculum for award delivered at the University. The winners of the second sustainability award were from the University’s Faculty of Sciences, Jon Fairburn, Rob Boast and Fiona Tweed. The award recognised the team’s introduction of a new module in sustainable communities which will help students use academic approaches and research to find solutions to environmental issues that affect fellow students studying the award, and the University as a whole.
Vice-Chancellor at Staffordshire University, Professor Christine King said,
“This event gives us the opportunity to celebrate and applaud all the success recognised in the awards. It is also a celebration of the work and achievements of all our staff; stars – everyone of them!”
In addition to the awards for sustainability, the event also saw a number of teams and individuals being presented with customer service awards, and celebrated the qualification achievements of the University’s staff. Two members of academic staff at the University were also presented with professorships; one being Tarik Al-Shemmeri who has been awarded a professorship in Renewable Energy Technology.