FD Making a Difference Awards 2014

I am very pleased to confirm the winners of this year’s FD Making a Difference awards announced at last Thursday’s event. The evening celebrated the shortlisted nominees put forward by colleagues and friends as well as other colleagues who were nominated in the University wide Inspirational Teaching Awards earlier this year. The winners are:

  •  Partnership award – Michelle Slater (on behalf of Sheffield City Council)
  • Manager of the Year – Helen McGloin (Catering Operations Manager, Commercial Services)
  • Unsung Hero of the Year – Ryan Finnigan (Communications Assistant, Business Services)
  • Employee of the Year – Kate Parry (Timetabling, Business Services)
  • Team of the Year – Security Control Room
  • Customer award – Ian Siddons (Senior Domestic Assistant, FM&S)
  • Student Award – Josh Dyson

Well done to all the nominees and award winners for 2014.

Your Opinion Counts

We are approaching the launch of the Univerisities Employee Opinion Survey and in support of this the FD Executive are visiting teams across the Directorate.  The aim of the visits is to explain the importance of staff completing the survey and to demonstrate what FD has done based on the feedback you provided to us back in 2Print011.

I enjoyed my chat with the team in The Print Shop recently.  Not only was it good to catch up with everyone but it was great to see the transformation being made to the services offered by the team.

They showed me the poster of Diane Ellis which had just been printed on the new large format printer. Diane is one of our communication champions who is helping  to promote the survey.  Look out for more opportunities to learn about the survey at our coffee mornings.  The survey goes live on the 3rd November 2014 and closes later that month on the 21st.


The Great Collegiate Bake Off

The new catering facility opened it doors this week.  Called the Granary it is the first of the new brands which have been developed following an extensive consultation exercise undertaken earlier this year with staff and students.

photo (2)Sue is pictured here setting out the front counter display. They have launched a whole new range of locally sourced produced.  You can buy products to take away for use at home such as the amazing selection of teas, fantastic pies made in Chesterfield, locally make chutneys and preserves and lots more.  So next time you are down at Collegiate do call in and try for yourself.  The catering team are keen to receive your feedback on the new offer!

All hands on deck

Visited the Heart of the Campus building early this morning to talk to a few of the domestic, security and customer services staff. It is all hands on deck in sorting out the final arrangements and just getting to know where everything is! Caught up with Eileen (on the right) and Gillian (on the left) to find out about some of the snags they have encountered and to check they were getting the support needed to address the issues.  Pleased to say whilst there are a number of areas that need addressing it all seems in hand.Eileen and Gillian HoTC

With such great ambassadors for FD who understand the importance of having the right tools to do the job (as well as the plugs being in the right place to use them!) I am sure we will get the majority of niggles sorted out in time for the building being fully operatonal in a couple of weeks time.

Hallam View launch new menu

Gnocchi (2)This week saw the launch of the new menu and service in Hallam View.  There is a much wider choice of delicious dishes available with the added flexibility of choices in portion size.  So customers just wanting a light lunch now have much more choice.  There are monthly specials for added choice.  Septembers include Sea Bass and Confit of Duck.

The addition of fresh herbSteak Sandwich plants on the tables, drizzles oils and fresh bread make this a very different experience.  I entertained some external guest there yesterday and they were blown away with the quality and the price on offer.  I took a couple of photo’s to wet your appertite.


Tour De France

Great short film about the University’s involvement in this years Grand Depart for the Tour De France. Proud to say that FD Staff made a huge contribution to the success of the University’s activities and events which are presented in this short film. A great three days for Yorkshire.

Heart of the Campus

Interior of the Heart of the CampusThe new Heart of the Campus building was successfully handover over on time with only some external landscaping left to complete.  Faculty staff have moved in to the new facilities and the intitial feedback has been amazing.  Yes we have some snags to sort out but the whole look and feel of the Heart of the Campus is exhilarating and a fitting addition to the academic spaces we have a Collegiate.

FD staff are now getting use to the building and preparing to deliver the support to the building users and most importantly to the students when they return.  I am looking forward to see the building really come to life when the new academic starts in a few weeks time.  My thanks go out to everyone involved in the project and we will be finding a suitable to time to say thank you more formally to the FD staff, contractors and of course our clients in D&S for all their support.  The Vice Chancellor who visited the building this afternoon has asked me to pass on his congratulations on the delivery of the project to all those involved.

You can find pictures of the new building by visiting https://blogs.shu.ac.uk/bighotc/ where you will also find lots of useful information.




Mindfulness Course Opportunity

Some of you will be aware that fourteen members of the FD Leadership Group recently volunteered to take part in a research project with Sheffield Business School.  The project involved attending 24 hours of training in “Mindfulness” over a six week period.  It is part of our work on exploring aspects of Staff Wellness and the response from the first group has been very positive from a personal and professional perspective.  Mindfulness is very much in the news at the moment with articles on how it is being used in schools, in mental health services and by individuals in their everyday life. Some links to mindfulness references are below for information:



The project is now seeking to take a second group of 16 FD staff through the programme from Friday, 31 October 2014. We are seeking expressions of interest from all FD Staff who may wish to be part of the programme and a 1 hour taster session will be offered in the first week of September to help you determine if the programme is right for you or not.

The commitment you will need to make is 3 hours per week, on a Friday afternoon between 2 pm and 5.30pm and one 6 hr. session on Saturday 29th November over the six week period.  As this is a pilot and is voluntary any time spent outside your normal hours of work is on the basis that it is unpaid.  You should discuss with your line manager being released from work time if required.

If you would like to find out more about “Mindfulness” there is a huge amount on the internet but I have attached a link to the website which you may find particularly helpful http://mindfulenhance.org/

Please reply by Monday 1st September to FD Business Services, if you are interested in attending the taster session which will be offered on a first come first served basis.

New Strengthening and Conditioning Suite

Ok couldn’t wait until the 5th September to tell you about the amazing new facility we have created at Collegiate Crescent in the Pearson Building.  Team Sheffield Hallam have totally refurbished the Strengthing and Conditioning Suite to support improved performance of the many sports that make up Team Sheffield Hallam as well as a wide range of local professional teams.

It is the best facility now in the UK so if you are into pumping iron – join Sheffield Hallam Active and our professional staff will be there to guide you.

Thanks to Frazer Johnson and Andrew Langford for showing me around

Sport Hallam ActiveThis adds to the range of international standard sports facilities we have at Sheffield Hallam.

Looking forward to the opening of the refurbished and expanded fitness suite in the Pearson Building soon.

The Return of the Director’s Blog

It has been far too long since I last blogged but honestly I don’t know where this year has gone!  I could make lots of excuses about being busy but that would be what it sounds like, just making excuses.  So I am committed to bringing the Directors Blog back to life, to capture those great things FD staff do everyday and maybe something on those special milestones we need to celebrate.

MarkQSwalesThe first new blog will be on Friday 5th September and thereafter every Friday – so watch this space!  You will also find me on twitter so if you want to follow me look me up on @markqswales.