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Sarah's special skills - a distinctive contribution

[Photo: Sarah Bolter and Ron Hodgson] BEST WISHES FOR THE FUTURE:
Ron Hodgson, Head of Personnel Office, presents Sarah Bolter with flowers and a gift from University colleagues and friends at her farewell reception.

An informal farewell reception was held for Sarah Bolter on 30 July 2003 when numerous friends and colleagues joined together to recognise the distinctive contribution she has made since joining the University in June 1990.

A product of Astonís Computing Science and Business Administration programme, Sarah demonstrated her independence and determination at an early stage, when following graduation, she spent a year exploring Australia. Six months working in financial services in Melbourne followed by a similar spell in the Research Office of the University of Sydney gave her a taste for university work when she returned to the UK.

We were fortunate to recruit her to help with the early computerisation of our staff records and Sarah became our resident expert on PERCOM, BMS and SAP. We benefited enormously from her willingness to stand her ground with the SAP consultants and it was Sarah who specified and then worked on-line with SAP headquarters in Germany to develop the HESA module, which is now standard for UK university users.

Sarahís clear analytical approach underpinned her development of complex Excel macros to provide Budget Centres with five-year payroll projections. The same strength was evident in her success in managing legal cases and greatly appreciated by many departments. Her long-standing contribution to research staffing, as Head of the Academic and Research Staff Division, is well known.

Sarah is good company with a keen sense of humour, but she really comes alive in conversation about her horse. Having decided that now is an opportune time for a break and to develop her career in new directions, Sarah is looking forward over the summer to indulging her abiding passion with riding combined with some consultancy work and the occasional crossword.

She will be sorely missed but carries our best wishes in all her future endeavours.

Ron Hodgson

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