People news: farewells, TV appearance, congratulations


  • The Centre for Aviation, Transport and the Environment is internationally known people-news-callum-at-european-parliamentfor the independence, the quality and the relevance of its research and expertise. As a result of this, Professor Callum Thomas (pictured) was invited to address the Committee on Transport and Tourism at the European Parliament on October 11 at a public hearing focusing upon ‘Transport Noise’. The event was streamed live.

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Manchester Metropolitan staff and students have donated enough food donations to make
139 meals. The last food bin collection will be Monday, October 17.





  • Senior Lecturer in the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology, Dr Matthew Sullivan, has won a prestigious honorary Scholarship from The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for a project to develop training materials for lay members of NICE committee.

Only ten NICE Scholars are announced each year and Matthew is the first non-clinical applicant to be successful. Matthew has recently been a lay member of the Committee revising the NICE clinical guidelines for Parkinson’s Disease.

Matthew said: “Lay members of such committees do receive good training, but I felt there was scope for increasing the content that is co-developed with current and recent lay members. My participation in guideline development and this Scholarship provides benefits in terms of Manchester Metropolitan’s profile and unique experience for me to bring back to my teaching and research.”

The Scholarships run from April to April and Matthew’s project will involve working closely with NICE’s own Public Involvement Programme team.


  • Barry Harwood, Subject Lead for Employment Law, has been published in the legal 500 for his employment law work in discrimination cases, and for his practice for a second year in a row. He is ranked a leading junior at the level of Tier 1.

You can see more here


  • Well done to the Catering team who recently completed their one-month challenge to raise awareness of food allergy and intolerance. The team have managed to raise more than £1,100 for Allergy UK. Their justgiving page is still open for some last-minute donations!



Welcome to:

  • Nicole Chambers (Receptionist), Jesus Montanes, Christopher Roberts and Noelia Gonzalez (Domestic Assistants) who have recently joined the Facilities Team at Brooks.
  • The Facilities Team in Cheshire would like to welcome Domestic Assistants Diana Garside, Daniel Lowe, Brenda Lythgoe, Malgorzata Aszembarska and Julie Hayes.
  • Jacqui McPeake, Head of Catering, would like to welcome Nicola Cryer to the Manchester Metropolitan Food and Drink team. Nicola has joined the department in the new role as Catering Analysis & Improvement Manager. This exciting new role will provide information and data from our EPOS till and stock systems which will help the team to make decisions on sales, wastage customer trends and buying patterns. Nicola has previously worked in a similar role at the University of Salford.

Farewell to:

  • After 40 years’ service, Ian Davies has retired from Manchester Metropolitan. Ian originally worked for a site-based contractor and then for the Estates In-House Reactive Maintenance Team. As a valued member of staff, Ian was responsible for carrying out various maintenance tasks throughout the University estate.
The team wish Ian Farewell
  •  Best wishes to Jean Russell (pictured right) and Florence Gyapoma (pictured left) who have retired from working in All Saints Student Living. There will a leaving party on October 14 at 12.30pm in the Council Chamber for anybody who would like to say goodbye.