Member of staff's strong professional commitment to 'quality culture' recognised
Nigel Beasley, from the University's Staff Development Centre, retires
Thursday, 25 September 2003
saw colleagues gather together in the Charles Wilson Building to say thank you
and farewell to Nigel Beasley.
Nigel was the University’s
first full-time Director of Staff Development. He relished the opportunity to
build on the foundations laid by David Tomley, who had held the staff
development remit with distinction on a part-time basis. Together with Jenny
Wilkinson, newly appointed as Assistant Director, Nigel introduced a
professional approach to staff development and in particular espoused an
integrated training and development framework for the University.
Nigel has a genuine interest
in, and a commitment to, staff development as fundamental to supporting
colleagues across the University. Under his guidance provision was extended to
all categories of staff and he built a good rapport with Heads of Department,
Trade Unions and staff. Nigel has a strong professional commitment to
developing the ‘quality culture’ which is now such a key part of
A good organiser with a
receptive mind to innovation, Nigel was able to build on his past experience
as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Director of Staff Development at the
University of Keele. He played significant roles at both national and regional
level – particularly during his chairmanship of the Midlands’ Regional
Staff Development Committee and as a member of the SRHE (Staff Development
Group). He organised and contributed to numerous national conferences and his
standing was such as to lead to the British Council inviting him to advise the
University of Jos in Nigeria on the development of staff training programmes.
Having decided to take an
early retirement in September 2000, Nigel continued to make an active
contribution on an associate basis for the last three years. It is a
contribution that will be sorely missed by John Doidge and his colleagues.
This entertaining occasion, which underlined our appreciation for all the work Nigel has contributed to Leicester since his appointment in 1991, was also an ideal opportunity to express our thanks and to wish him well for the future when he can develop further his avowed interest in ‘real ale’.
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