Tuesday 13 July at
Jen Wenham was appointed
as Information Assistant in the Careers Service 29 years ago in
1975. Throughout this time, she consistently maintained her commitment
and enthusiasm for the work at a very high level; she has a strong
sense of purpose, a huge capacity for hard work and an unstinting
generosity in the time she has given to the post.
Jen is not a graduate,
but her responsibilities grew considerably until, with her promotion
to Information Manager she led a team of five staff who were responsible
for developing the information facilities, and for providing reception
services and employer liaison.
Jen Wenham has set
a very high standard of service for both employers and students.
At one point she was solely responsible for much of the daily
contact with these two groups. These tasks were later either shared
with others or delegated, and the standards set by her are the
standards now maintained throughout the Service.
There are hundreds
of our graduates who have been successful in their job search
because Jen was so conscientious, and had the initiative to ensure
that our information was complete, comprehensive and fully up-to-date,
or because she personally followed up an idea which led to a new
In dealing with employers
so efficiently and courteously and always being willing to go
to any trouble to ensure they got the services they required,
she has contributed greatly to the University’s outstanding
reputation with employers.
Her enthusiasm and
innovation remain undimmed after nearly 29 years, contributing
new ideas and excited by new developments, – an inspiration
to all of her colleagues. This was epitomised by her enthusiastic
response to the introduction of computers to careers work, in
which she was instrumental in the development of the Careers Service
website, ensuring that it was always accurate and comprehensive.
Jen has given long service of exceptional quality and commitment.
She has made a personal impact on the thousands of students who
have used the Careers Service during her time. And she has been
the best of ambassadors for the University to countless employers.
I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough
University Medal, Jennifer Jean Wenham.