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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Elisabeth Klaar

Elisabeth Klaar joined the University as the School of Technology's Fundraising Facilitator in May 2007. She is seconded to work with the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology on work relating to the 800th Campaign and developing relationships with alumni of both departments.

She believes that there are great opportunities for involving former students in the life of the department by offering career-related networking opportunities and social events. Other departments (such as the Computer Laboratory and the Department of Engineering) already have flourishing alumni development schemes and Elisabeth has been familiarising herself with them in her first few weeks with us.

With a background in charity fundraising and commercial marketing she has developed and managed membership schemes from scratch and this will inform her work on alumni development. The need to justify every penny spent in the charity sector means she's familiar with haggling and economising and is already finding good contacts in Cambridge.

Lissy said, "As a dyed-in-the-wool Brummie I find it hard to admit how much I like Cambridge after such a short time! The wonderful buildings, a sense of history and the surprisingly cosmopolitan feel of what is really quite a small town are the things I like most."

Janice Weeks

After a total of seventeen years' service in the University, of which sixteen have been in Chemical Engineering, Janice Weeks retired on 31 May 2007. Peter Foreman (Department Secretary, Technical Resources) said, "I know that you will join me in thanking her for all she has done in those years and in wishing her well for this next phase of her life."

Debbie Jacobs

Debbie Jacobs has been appointed Chief Cleaning Supervisor, with effect from 1 June 2007. We congratulate Debbie on her appointment and send her every good wish for her new responsibilities.

John Sparrow

John Sparrow joined the Department as Senior Maintenance Technician on 29 May 2007. John comes from Hundred Houses Society, a local housing society, where he was Maintenance Officer. We welcome John to the Department and wish him well.

Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter, from the Accounts office, will be leaving on 29 June 2007. Andrew joined us on a temporary basis from the University's Temporary Employment Service in November 2005 and became a permanent member of staff in February 2006. He moves on to a new position, working for Trailfinders as a Travel Consultant. He says, "It should allow me to continue travelling a lot which is great!"

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