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Recognition of Service (former UWCM)

Heath Park campus

Cardiff University would like to congratulate all members of staff who achieved either twenty-five or forty years continuous service whilst working for the former University of Wales College of Medicine (UWCM) prior to merger. 

Following a review of the University’s recognition of service, it was decided to host a specific event for staff who achieved twenty-five or forty years’service prior to merger, at which time Cardiff University was hosting the traditional Long Service Awards. This distinct event was held on Wednesday 5 November 2008 at the All Nations Centre, Heath as part of the Positive Working Environment (PWE) initiative and was attended by 125 people. 

On arrival, guests were entertained by harpist Amanda Whiting. Guests were also given a brochure containing messages of appreciation from senior management and a description of the illustrious and complex history of the institution from independence from the Welsh National School of Medicine (WNSM) in 1931 to merger in 2004 and beyond. 

Over ninety members of staff,with more than three thousand years combined service, were invited to attend a special celebratory lunch with invitations also being extended to personal guests. All awardees were presented with a certificate, a card of congratulations and a choice of gift from a number of options. Also present to support their staff were many other members of senior management including Pro Vice-Chancellors, Heads of School and Departmental managers. 

Presentations were made by Provost, and former Vice-Chancellor of UWCM, Professor Stephen Tomlinson CBE, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Professor Terry Threadgold and Director of Human Resources Jayne Dowden. In a personal speech, Professor Stephen Tomlinson CBE commented on how the commitment of staff was responsible for overcoming the challenges of merger and how the ongoing benefits were being realised through their continued dedication. Professor Terry Threadgold and Jayne Dowden also paid warm tribute.

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