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Jenny Foxon to retire

Technician in the Department of Genetics leaving University after 41 years

Mrs Jennifer Foxon, MBE, technician in the Department of Genetics, will be retiring on Friday 29th July, 2011 after 41 years of service to the University of Leicester.

Jenny was appointed as a technician in October 1969 by Professor Bob Pritchard, the founding Head of the Department of Genetics. Over the years Jenny has worked along side many members of academic, academic-related, technical and clerical staff. She has made a significant contribution to undergraduate teaching in practical classes but also to the training of undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. students during their research projects in the Department of Genetics. Jenny has always been a strong supporter of the trade union movement and as a representative for UNITE, she has worked with the Personnel and more recently Human Resources Department in the development of policies and procedures concerning the terms and conditions of staff employed by the University. As a result of Jenny’s selfless and unflinching support to higher education she was awarded an MBE for ‘services to science’ in the New Year Honours list, 2010.

Over the years Jenny has come into contact with many staff throughout the University who may wish to say goodbye, so this note is being widely distributed to all Colleges and Administrative Departments. If you wish to give a farewell message to Jenny email Nicola Butler ( for more information.

Jenny Foxon and three other members of technical staff, Sue Ogden, Lesley Barnett and Elaine Rawding (Dept of Biology) will be having a joint retirement reception on Wednesday 27th July at 3.30 pm in the Senior Common Room (Charles Wilson Building). Between them Jenny, Sue, Lesley and Elaine have accrued over 149 years of service for the University, which is worthy of a rousing send off so please come and join them!

Please let Nicky Butler ( know if you are coming to the reception so that we can get an idea of numbers.

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