September 2018

Dan King, Estates IT Assistant

Dan was nominated by Harriet Monday, Estates HR Manager for the positive and proactive response to IT issues in a busy and challenging, week.  Harriet also asked a few colleagues if they would support this Staff Excellence Award nomination and received an overwhelming and vociferous vote of support across the Department.

In awarding the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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September 2018

Emily Mason, Environmental Sustainability Assistant

This nomination was received from Kelda McCabe in Student Services.  Kelda acknowledges, Emily’s passion for her job is contagious.  Whilst recruiting sustainability champions across the University to support the FutureProof project and raising awareness of the UN Sustainability aims,  Emily has transformed the way colleagues view their workspace and empowered them to do more to make improvements, whilst highlighting the work of the Estates Department.

In awarding the Customer Services Award the Estates Senior Management Team acknowledge the impact made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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August 2018

Members of Campus Security

Members of Campus Security were nominated by Lisa Collinson, Deputy Head of Security for their response to an emergency situation on Campus on 23 July, at Park Wood. It was an amazing team effort by all and Lisa was extremely proud of the assistance they gave to the staff member and emergency services during this very serious incident.

In awarding these colleagues the Staff Excellence Award, the Senior Management Team acknowledge the dedication they showed in response to this incident.

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August 2018

Tracey Davies, Access Control Adviser

Tracey received two nominations from Kate and Ed Ludlow, CHSS and PSSRU for always going above and beyond to deliver a prompt and incredibly knowledgeable service. Tracey is extremely responsive to emails and always remains calm, professional and keen to help, maintaining excellent communication with her clients. Tracey consistently works in a manner that exemplifies great customer service.

 Wayne Wheeler, Approved Plumber/Fitter

The nomination for Wayne was received from Rebecca Verlin, Kent Hospitality for his excellent customer service skills while attending several urgent boiler repairs at Purchas Court, Park Wood. Wayne was commended for his support and consideration for all service users to ensure that the matter was resolved within a short timescale, going the extra mile to ensure he communicated regularly with all relevant parties and recognised the urgency of the situation. Wayne was also commended for his resourcefulness in using spares from previous refurbishment projects.

In awarding you the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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2018

Paul Potter – Staff member of the Year 2018

 

In awarding Paul this award the Estates Senior Management Team acknowledge, Paul’s consummate professionalism. Paul wholly advocates the Estates core values of Customer Focus, Ownership and Competency within his working day.

Paul always responds to requests for work with enthusiasm and energy and nothing is ever too much trouble he always goes that extra mile!

The Estates Senior Management Team fully appreciate the positive impact made by Paul to both the Department and the University.

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July 2018

Karen Wilson, Team Leader, Cleaning Section

The nomination was received from Michele Gill, Waste and Cleaning Manager.  Karen has been recognised for her enthusiasm to share her own knowledge and being highly respected by her colleagues.  Karen is a great advocate of the Estates Department and an outstanding role model for the cleaning team.

Lesley Knox, Training and Development Officer

The nomination was received from Emma Grove, Administrative Apprentice for the support and guidance given to Emma during her apprenticeship.  Emma also recognised Lesley’s commitment to providing relevant training to all members of staff within Estates.

 In awarding the Staff Excellence Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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July 2018

Sarah Cooke, Head of Customer Services and Engagement and Jan Williams, Administrative Assistant

The nomination was received from Helen Ellis, Deputy Director of Estates. Sarah and Jan were recognised for the organisation and support provided for the Estates Showcase Event on 26 June 2018. Without their efforts the event would not have been the success it was. The whole event significantly raised the profile of the Estates Department as a service which considers the needs of its customers first.

In awarding you the Customer Services Award the Senior Management Team, acknowledge the impact you have made to both the Estates Department and the University.

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2018

Neil Hopkins –  Staff Member of the Year 2018 (runner up)

Neil has been recognised for this award for his positive attitude and high quality of work.

Neil’s name regularly appeared in the nominations list from a variety of departments across the University and Neil’s creative flair often leads to memorable designs. Neil is quick to respond and diligent in his work, often producing work at short notice. Neil has demonstrated that he understands the importance of one of the Estates core values of being customer focused and this has a positive reflection on the department.

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2018

Idea of the year – Stores Automated Self-Service Kiosk

In deliberating the nominations for this award the Estates Senior Management Team have considered the direct impact made to the department.

The Stores Automated Self-Service Kiosk was the initial idea of Gary Richardson. The original procedure for issuing stores materials was labour intensive and Gary foresaw a method of an automated process of creating an accurate and efficient method of material movement control. Working with Will Sonnen’s IT expertise the vision became a reality.

The Estates SMT agreed that the Stores Automated Self-Service Kiosk would receive the award for Idea of the Year, due to its innovation, fantastic team work and cost savings.

Initial Concept – Gary Richardson, Stores Manager

Creator of the Application and Software – Will Sonnen, Estates IT Systems Administrator

Design and build of the Electrical stand – Keith Margrave, Approved Plumber/Fitter

Design and Build of the Mechanical stand – Charlie Champion, Plumber/Fitter Apprentice

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Sibson Building is one of UK’s best new buildings

The Sibson Building at the University has been recognised as one of the nation’s best new buildings by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

RIBA’s National Awards are given to buildings across the UK that are recognised as making ‘significant contributions’ to architecture and it follows success in the RIBA regional awards when the Sibson Building was named South-East Building of the Year for 2018.

The building, at the Canterbury campus, was designed by architect Penoyre and Prasad and officially opened in May 2017. It is home to Kent Business School and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Actuarial Science and is named after the late Professor Robin Sibson, a former vice-chancellor of the University.

Described by RIBA as ‘a very thoughtful building, with a clear architectural concept which has been rigorous enough to withstand the project development and budgetary constraints’, the design concept features zigzagging wings which help to integrate the two schools while allowing them to have their own dedicated spaces.

The RIBA description continues: ‘It was evident that the relationship between the design team and contractor was good, with shared aspirations helped by good communication of design intent. Likewise, there seemed to be a strong sense of trust and respect between client and architect and when we met them the architect’s passion and enthusiasm was infectious.’

The Sibson Building will now be among 49 national winners to be considered for the shortlist – announced on 19 July – for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize, which is awarded annually for the best building in the UK. The winner of this will be announced on 10 October.

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