Updates from facilities, estates and services

Bridging the Gap Graduations

Staff across Services attended the Bridging the Gap graduation ceremonies in Manchester and Cheshire for the students who have undertaken placements with Services teams this year.

The Manchester students received their certificates from Director of Human Resources, Adam Bowles, and students in Crewe, from Janet Haddock-Fraser Provost of the Cheshire Campus. Staff also received certificates for their great contribution.

The students all had the opportunity to make a speech about their experience, where they thanked staff for their support during the year. The students have developed their professional and personal skills during the year and are grateful for the opportunity. “This has changed my life”, said Lisa, who has worked in Manchester. Well done to everyone!


BACHE Award for Simon

Simon Graham, Domestic Team Leader, won the Supervisor of the Year Award at the British Association of Cleaning in Higher Education (BACHE) annual conference.

The event was hosted at Sheffield Hallam University on the theme of managing your core resources. The University had three delegates in attendance for the full conference, Stephen Bloye, Christine Shepherd and Josephine Hilton, with Stephen hosting a workshop on development of key performance indicators.

Simon Graham attended the gala dinner held in Sheffield’s Cutlers Hall, where he won the inaugural Supervisor of the Year award. Domestic Assistant Hazel Day was highly commended in the Cleaner of the Year category. Congratulations to both!

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BIFM Achievement for Facilities Managers

Facilities Managers Damion Shaw and Ian Seddon recently achieved the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) Extended Level 7 Diploma in Facilities Management.

Damion and Ian attended the graduation ceremony which took place in London on 13th July.

They were presented with our Diplomas by BIFM Chairman, Julie Kortens, and BIFM CEO, Ray Perry. Well done to both!


Welcome to Manchester Met

Welcome to Phil Scott who has recently joined us as Head of Commercial Services. Phil comes from a hospitality background and is looking forward to working in Higher Education: “What’s struck me in my first few weeks in role is the enthusiasm and passion of each and every individual I have met, none more so than when attending the recent Staff Awards. I’m incredibly excited by the opportunities that lay ahead for us all and I am determined to do all I can to ensure that I and my team continue to focus on delivering an outstanding student experience. For those individuals I’ve met to date, thanks for your time and patience, and for those I haven’t, I look forward to and I apologise in advance for the ‘silly questions’”.