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Staff celebrate 25 years’ service at Leeds Beckett

May 5th, 2017

Loyalty and commitment over 25 years, which has contributed to the success of Leeds Beckett University, were recognised at our Long Service Awards 2017 which took place on 26 April.

Chancellor, Sir Bob Murray, said: “It is a privilege to celebrate a combined 875 years of service by lecturers, researchers, librarians, and a wide range of support staff in this year’s Leeds Beckett Long Service Awards.

“There are powerful stories behind each personal contribution with colleagues supporting our University as we successfully navigated periods of growth in higher education as well as bouts of public service austerity. Adapting to the many changes within our sector and wider society over those years is no small feat.

“Universities make a huge contribution within our wider society, supporting life-changing experiences for students and many others who support them on their journey through academia. It is only right that each year we recognise our combined collective success and many outstanding achievements.”

Professor Peter Slee, Vice Chancellor, said: “Universities are all about people. The 35 colleagues recognised through our long service awards bring many powerful benefits to higher education and our wider community.

“Over 25 years, those colleagues have helped, directly or indirectly, more than 100,000 people gain a university qualification. Leeds Beckett University contributes an estimated £500 million annually to the economy, and sustains more than 5,000 jobs with all that means for local families. It is something we are proud to recognise as part of the success story that is Leeds Beckett.”

Among those recognised in the 2017 Leeds Beckett Long Service Awards is Simon Baldwin, Head of Enterprise, who progressed into his current role after joining as a research assistant. Simon was an integral part of the growth and success of the Policy Research Institute and is a highly respected and dedicated manager. Simon is also an Honorary Lay Canon at Ripon Cathedral, and avid Leeds United supporter.