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Farewell to School administrator 

A total of 28 years' University service

[Photo: Rita Benford at her University farewell get-together]
VALUED SUPPORT: School of Psychology administrator Rita Benford says farewell to her friends and colleagues. Left, Professor Graham Davies, Head of School.

Colleagues and friends of Rita Benford, Chief Clerk in the University's School of Psychology, gathered together on Tuesday, March 4 to say farewell and wish her well for the future with a bouquet and gifts - a cheque and a gold watch to mark her long service to the University. Present were many secretaries past and present, former academic colleagues and Professor Sato from Japan, a former Visiting Professor at the University, who had flown over especially for the event.

Rita Benford came to the University in 1974 after working as a secretary to a regional crime squad attached to the Leicester and Rutland Constabulary. She joined the then Department of Psychology. Initially appointed as a Grade 2 secretary, she progressed through promotion to Grade 5. 

"Rita has been an enormously valued colleague", said Professor Graham Davies, Head of the School. "Throughout her years of service, she has given support to many heads - Wladek Sluckin, Martin Herbert, Ann Taylor Davies, Graham Davies, Ann Colley, Michael Joseph, as well as several other Acting Heads". 

As Rita will be working as a secretary to a GP in private practice not too far away from the University, she is looking forward to keeping in touch with her many friends and former colleagues.

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