University of Leicester |

Home >> News and Events >> [eBulletin] >> People


Member of staff's strong professional commitment to 'quality culture' recognised

Nigel Beasley, from the University's Staff Development Centre, retires

[Photo: Nigel Beasley and colleagues from Staff Development Centre]
BEST WISHES: Staff from the University's Staff Development Centre with Nigel Beasley 

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 University life.

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’.

Ron Hodgson

Back to People
Back to [eBulletin] index

[University Home][University Index A-Z][University Search][University Help]

Last updated: 1 October 2002 10:30
Maintained by: Barbara Whiteman

This document has been approved by the head of department or section.
If you are an authorised user you may edit this document through your Web browser.