People News: Welcomes, Farewells and Congratulations

Welcome to

Amanda Wainer who has recently taken up the role of Business Continuity Coordinator within the Security and Business Continuity Team.

Claire Zwierink started with us on the 3rd January as the Assistant Programmes Officer supporting UG Programmes in the Schools of Healthcare Science and Science & the Environment. Claire joins us from The Manchester College and brings with her a wealth of experience in supporting students, academic staff and programmes.

Julie Mellor, Student Engagement Officer, will be joining the team from Monday 23rd January on secondment from The Faculty of Business and Law until the end of August 2017. Julie will be taking on all aspects of the role supporting attendance monitoring across the Faculty.


Dr Carmen Corral, Quality Officer in the Faculty of Science & Engineering, is leaving the University

Jason Cooper, Security Duty Manager at Cheshire and previously a Residential Duty Manager at Booth Hall, is leaving Man Met at the end of the month to take up a new managerial security position with Staffordshire University. The Security team wish Jason well and hope that his experiences with Manchester Met serve him well in this new venture.

Karis Lucano, Facilities Administrator, is leaving the Business Support and Improvement team today to take up a new role as Contracts and Procurement Officer at Crescent Purchasing Consortium. “Karis has provided outstanding contract support to colleagues across Estates and Facilities during her time at Manchester Met. Karis is always professional, reliable and friendly, and has truly been an asset to the organisation. The whole team wish Karis all the best in her new role”, says Laura Morris, Customer Support Manager. She will be missed! Jacqui Roberts, Head of Business Support and Improvement, said, “We will be very sorry to see Karis leave as she has made a huge contribution to the team at all levels. Karis is an outstanding example of how nurturing talent can support career aspiration. She will be a fantastic asset to her new organisation.”


Dr Jo-Pei Tan, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Care and Social Work, has received an award from the British Academy to conduct a partnership research project in Vietnam.

The project will target research capacity development of Early Career Researchers in both Manchester and Hanoi.

Jo-Pei said: “This project aims to build new partnerships and strengthen research capacity, including early career researchers (ECR) in Vietnam through a training and knowledge exchange programme, with a focus on understanding the practices of care provision in modern families, from an intergenerational perspective in two urban cities in Vietnam and the UK.”

Dr Emilia Bonnar Thompson, lecturer in Sports Nutrition in the Department of Health Professions, received an industry award for Optimum Nutrition Sports Nutritionist of the Year 2016. Her expertise and research interests are in nutrition for performance, body composition and health in older individuals. Emilia also works as a Nutritionist with MMU Sport, enhancing work-based learning within the current Nutritional Sciences and Sport and Exercise Nutrition Programmes.

Emilia said “Given the trend for anecdotal and unsupported nutrition advice within the health, fitness and sport industries, I am very grateful to receive the award and highlight the importance of evidence-based nutrition within the industry. Whilst ‘Nutritionist’ is an unprotected term, the importance of evidence-based practitioners should be highlighted.”


Hannah Palin and Kate Soper, the Faculty of Business and Law’s Technology Enhanced Learning Advisors will both be taking maternity leave starting on the 23rd Jan and 13th Feb respectively.  Irfan Mulla will be joining the Faculty, from his current post as TELA in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities starting on Monday the 23rd Jan. He will be joined by Ellie Hannah on secondment from her current role in CELT.

Also, read about Equality & Diversity Manager Stuart McKenna in the Disabled Staff Role Models series.