Vice Chancellor recognises staff achievements in first task after official inauguration

Friday, 19 June 2015

Brookes People Awards

Professor Alistair Fitt was officially inaugurated as Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes today (Friday 19 June) at a special event which also celebrated the dedication of staff from across the University.

Professor Fitt’s ceremony took place in front of a packed audience of staff, students and specially invited guests. They witnessed Chair of Board of Governors Geoffrey Donnelly presenting Oxford Brookes’ new Vice Chancellor with a ceremonial medal to officially mark his new role following his appointment on 1 February 2015. 

The day was cause for further celebration as Professor Fitt, in his first task after inauguration, presented members of staff with awards in recognition for their achievements and contributions to the University. 

Alistair knows that Oxford Brookes’ dedication and talented staff are vital to the University’s continued success. It is therefore entirely in character that he has chosen to express gratitude to his colleagues today.

Geoffrey Donnelly, Chair of the Board of Governors, Oxford Brookes University

The Brookes People Awards 2015 is the first time an organisation-wide staff recognition scheme has been run by the University. It has been an incredible success with over 700 nominations received from colleagues since the start of the year and reflects on the fantastic work of staff from across Oxford Brookes.

Alistair Fitt

During the ceremony, Geoffrey Donnelly, Chair of the Board of Governors said: “The inauguration of a new Vice Chancellor is a landmark event. Professor Alistair Fitt’s exceptional work in leading the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange agenda alongside his leadership skills and vision for the future of the organisation, mean he is perfectly placed to build on Oxford Brookes’ upward trajectory.

“Alistair knows that Oxford Brookes’ dedication and talented staff are vital to the University’s continued success. It is therefore entirely in character that he has chosen to express gratitude to his colleagues today.”

Professor Alistair Fitt said: “It is a great honour to be officially inaugurated as the Vice Chancellor of Oxford Brookes. I am extremely passionate about Brookes and what it stands for. 

“I’m also delighted that my first act after inauguration was to recognise the outstanding contributions of our staff. It is a pleasure to work alongside such dedicated and talented colleagues on a daily basis.”

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro-Vice Chancellor and the Brookes People Awards Project Chair and Sponsor said: “Today is a particularly special day for the University with the inauguration of Professor Fitt and the first Brookes People Awards. 

“The Awards are about recognising people everywhere at Oxford Brookes who are going the extra mile in making the University internationally renowned for its teaching, learning and research.

“Everyone, including both academic and support staff, contributes to making Oxford Brookes a better place to work and study and this is a great opportunity to celebrate our outstanding colleagues.”

Members of staff were given the opportunity to nominate individuals and teams for each Brookes People Awards category. The categories were based on the University’s guiding principles - generosity of spirit, confidence, connectedness and enterprising creativity. 

In addition to the four categories, nominations were made for a Colleague of the Year Award who has demonstrated all four of the guiding principles.

Brookes People Awards 2015 winners:

Generosity of spirit

Beth Hill (Individual award) 

HR/Payroll (Team award)


Sally Wells (Individual award)

Programme Leads in Healthcare (Team awards)


Loredana Faraon and Simonetta Manfredi - joint winners (Individual award)

Brookes UTC Project Team (Team award)

Enterprising creativity

Georgina Spary (Individual award)

Dr Ye Xu and Peter Dent (Team award)

Colleague of the Year

Kate Williams

The full list of shortlisted nominees and winners along with further information about the awards can be found on the Brookes People Awards 2015 webpages.