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A big ‘Thank You’

09 October 2009

Academy of Voice singers Mary-Jean O’Doherty (right) and Claire Egan perform a duet at the recognition of service ceremonyAcademy of Voice singers Mary-Jean O’Doherty (right) and Claire Egan perform a duet at the recognition of service ceremony

Combined service of 1,570 years by 55 members of staff was honoured at the University’s recent Recognition of Service ceremony.

Some 13 members of staff received awards for achieving 40 years of service, and a further 42 for completing 25 years, as part of the University’s Positive Working Environment scheme.

The staff were honoured with a special reception organised by the Human Resources Directorate in the Glamorgan Building. They were entertained by two singers from the University’s Cardiff International Academy of Voice, Mary-Jean O’Doherty and Claire Egan, who performed a number of operatic arias and duets.

Staff members were congratulated and thanked for their service by the Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant and by the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Staff, Professor Terry Threadgold.

Among those marking more than 40 years was Lynne Neale, who started as a microbiology lab technician with the then Welsh National School of Medicine at the old Royal Infirmary in 1968. She has stayed with the same department throughout her career, following it when it transferred to the Heath Park Campus, and is now laboratory manager with the School of Medicine’s Department of Medical Microbiology.

Lynne said: "When I first joined, I didn’t think I would stay all this time. However, we have been a very happy, very tightly knit department – there are a number of other people who have stayed well over 25 years."

Also marking 40 years was Professor Ifor Bowen, of the School of Biosciences. His association with Cardiff actually goes back to 1962, when he came up for an interview for a place on an undergraduate zoology course. In 1967, the University took him on as a research demonstrator and he now has a research chair in cell biology

Professor Bowen said: "It has been a wonderful experience, both to see how the University has grown in stature and how Cardiff has grown as a capital city since then."

In December 1968, a 15-year-old called Clive Mann took his first job from school at the Department of Physiology at what is now the Trevithick Building, on Newport Road. He said: "I had just three weeks there and then we had the Christmas break. When I came back, we were in the new Biosciences building, what is now BIOSI 2."

Forty years on, Clive is still there, a technician with Joint Biological Services. He has an extra reason for celebrating his time at Cardiff – it was through a Staff Association party that he met his wife Heather. Heather, Library Operations Manager with the Science and Biological Services Libraries, has been at Cardiff for 35 years – meaning the couple have three-quarters of a century of service between them. They have two sons, Peter, 28 and Richard, 22.

Professor Threadgold said: "The success of any university depends entirely on the quality, hard work and commitment of its staff. We are very fortunate at Cardiff to have staff of the highest quality working in all of the diverse areas and functions which it takes to run a large university like this one."

Each member of staff received a certificate signed by the Vice-Chancellor and a choice of Waterford Crystal gifts, Amazon vouchers or vouchers for a donation to the charity of their nomination. Further such recognition events are planned.