Celebrating excellence

20 December 2018

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Professor Kumar and Dr Bartlett join with the evening’s other winners for a celebratory group shot

A Professor of Service Operations and a Reader in Accounting and Finance have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to teaching and enhancing the staff experience at Cardiff University’s Celebrating Excellence Awards 2018.

Professor Maneesh Kumar and Dr Sue Bartlett, of Cardiff Business School, picked up their awards at a celebratory event on 21 November at The Great Hall, Students' Union.

The awards celebrate Cardiff University staff who go the extra mile, across a range of award categories.

This year, 188 individual members of staff and groups of staff were nominated across 15 award categories.

In addition to the two winners, Dr Bahman Rostami-Tabar, Lecturer in Management Science, and Professor Helen Williams, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, made the shortlist and were there to celebrate their colleagues’ success on the night.

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Professor Kumar and his wife celebrate award win

Professor Maneesh Kumar, Chair in Service Operations at Cardiff Business School, said: “I feel honoured for this recognition and would like to thank Professor Peter Wells for nominating me and for his touching message to support my case. Thank you also to Sarah Lethbridge for supporting my application.

“It’s been a pleasure teaching on the Executive MBA for the last seven years and experimenting with my teaching style and mode of delivery...”

Maneesh Kumar

“I believe in an experiential approach to teaching and learning as it helps to embed the learning within students and so that they may apply the outcomes to their own company context. It gives me immense satisfaction when I am able to engage and excite students so that they find fun in a topic that I love teaching and researching, too.”

Professor Maneesh Kumar, Chair in Service Operations, Program Director Executive MBA

Seen, heard and valued

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Dr Bartlett picks up award from Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Holford

Dr Sue Bartlett, Reader in Accounting and Finance at Cardiff Business School, said: “I was shocked to be nominated, even more shocked to win, and totally overwhelmed by the kind messages of support that came in the following day from my colleagues in the School’s Accounting and Finance section. To be nominated by my fellow workers was extremely humbling...”

Sue Bartlett

“I really don't think I do anything special, or out of the ordinary, but it is important to me that staff feel seen, heard and valued, and that we are all treated fairly, regardless of position and status.”

Dr Sue Bartlett, Deputy Head - Accounting and Finance (Learning and Teaching), Reader in Accounting and Finance

“It was nice to discover that these core values haven't gone unnoticed.”

The event was hosted by Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor Amanda Coffey, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student Experience and Academic Standards.

A very special place to work and study

Professor Karen Holford, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University, said: “I was delighted to co-host the awards to celebrate our exceptional people. This was a truly wonderful evening and I’d like to thank everyone who nominated a colleague, the nominees and winners for their outstanding enthusiasm and excellence...”

Karen Holford

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our people across the University who make this a very special place to work and study.”

Professor Karen Holford, Professor

As well as the 15 awards, special recognition was given Professor Sioned Davies, from the School of Welsh who took home the Lifetime Achievement award, and Julia Leath, Estates and Campus Facilities who received the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University.

Find out all of the winners and watch short films of finalists in each category.

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