On Thursday 11th December, at a ceremony in the Old Schools, our Department Administrator Julian Jacobs was awarded an individual Employee Recognition Award in the category ‘we respect others and value diversity’. He was nominated by Professor Rebecca Kilner, who cited the vision and drive he contributed to the recent Athena SWAN application, as well as for the professionalism he brings to all aspects of his work in the Department, the School of Biology and the University.
The UAS (Unified Administrative Service) scheme aims to celebrate excellence across the UAS, with reference to the four UAS values:
- we deliver an effective and high-quality service
- we collaborate and work in partnership
- we are open, responsive and innovative
- we respect others and value diversity
Julian was nominated under value 4:
"Julian‘s leadership within the Zoology Department has created an environment where showing respect for each other and valuing diversity are positively promoted. He has worked on the Department’s Athena SWAN submission, where he worked hard to translate the Athena SWAN fantasies of the committee into reality. He worked hard to ensure Athena SWAN was adequately supported by staff at School level so enabling the delivery of a school-based survey covering issues of respect and gender diversity.
In response to the survey, Julian was responsible for the introduction of a number of significant actions.
This was a very strong nomination which recognises Julian’s total dependability and professionalism."
An individual and a group award is made in each category, and awards were presented by Professor Jeremy Sanders, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional Affairs.