Friday 15 July 2005
Viv Green joined the
university in January 1976. Since then she has been the embodiment
of the University Arts Centre, in its many forms.
The 30 or so events
which she organises every year are the public face of Viv’s
work. The routine of this work is demanding in its own right.
What epitomises Viv is the skill and commitment she has brought
over all these years to the extraordinary breadth of her job:
- The immaculate planning,
administration and financial arrangements for events, including
the huge unseen detail essential for their success;
- The impresario, with
exceptional initiative and ability to conclude frequently difficult
and laborious negotiations which bring internationally renowned
musicians, actors and dancers to Loughborough at outrageously
- Looking after the
every needs of these performers who, only occasionally of course,
have the mercurial temperament which their fees elsewhere reflect!
- Reaching out to the
local community as well as to staff and students, creating huge
goodwill in the process;
- Helping to convince
the Cope Trustees to provide a generous donation of more than
£300,000 towards what is now a splendid hall for music and
- Organising the music
scholarships and 80 bursaries to support tuition for our musically
- Giving her time unstintingly
to what is not just a demanding day job, but one which requires
regular commitment in out-of-office hours.
It is characteristic
of Viv, that she has contributed even more widely, as a regular
member and frequent chair of the Consultative Committee between
the University and Unison for many years, and helping unstintingly
in the University-wide job evaluation programme.
Viv does all of this,
apparently effortlessly, and with a charm, humour and enthusiasm
that have earned the affection and respect of the thousands who
have enjoyed the outcomes.
I am delighted to present to you, for the award of the Loughborough
University Medal, Vivien Green.