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Meet our April Wonders and Wows winners

We're delighted to announce the latest staff winners of our Warwick Wonders and Wows awards. Nominated by you, these awards celebrate our outstanding people and the work we do together.  

Stuart Croft, Vice-Chancellor, was out on campus to surprise colleagues again, and the Internal Comms team was on hand to capture these special moments.

After presenting the awards, Stuart said:   

“I'm delighted to be out and about on campus to present these awards to our worthy winners - we can all be very proud of the way they've gone above and beyond in their roles.

One colleague we’re celebrating this month designed a Warwick voucher scheme that’s quicker to process, more usable and more effective. Others have delivered the first-ever joint World Congress on Undergraduate Research and the British Conference of Undergraduate Research – a huge organisational challenge.

To all winners this month – thank you so much, and well done.”

You can congratulate the winning colleagues in the comments section at the bottom of the page. 

Warwick Wonders 

The Warwick Wonders Award celebrates the people we are proud to work with at our University. It recognises colleagues who have gone above and beyond to make a positive difference and enrich our community.    

Alex Jackson


Alex – who’s an Accounts Clerk in the Finance team – came up with an in-depth proposal for the new Warwick voucher system, which is now in use. Working in Finance gave her a unique perspective to see where significant improvements could be made to save time and money across the whole process.

Alex’s proposal:

  • allowed departments to manage their own voucher schemes;
  • eliminated lengthy processing of the vouchers within the outlets;
  • allowed for verification and recording of each voucher to eliminate fraud;
  • provided Finance with all the information needed to generate a report.

Alex worked hard to get the proposal approved and continued to work closely with colleagues in IDG to develop the system. She was then involved in the roll-out of the system, wrote the user guides, and trained many of the departments in using the system.

Estimates show that the new voucher system has already saved at least five hours of work a week across all departments.

After receiving the award, Alex said:

"It was a real honour to receive the award and I am very thankful for the recognition. As someone who is a late diagnosed Autistic, I have been discovering how my brain works differently to others, and to therefore have recognition for my ideas and how I work makes me feel validated, seen and accepted.

The voucher project could not have become the success it is without the hard work of the Software Engineering team, who are a delight to work with. I think this project is a true testament to what can be achieved when departments collaborate together, and I am looking forward to working with the Software Engineering team in the future to extend and improve the voucher system even further."

Image of Stuart presenting Alex with her award

Warwick Wows

The Warwick Wows celebrate amazing work, projects, and achievements at the University.


Caroline Gibson, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning

Emma Barker, Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning

Dr Jane Bryan, School of Law

And the wider WorldCUR-BCUR team, including the Student Directors.

Our Wows this month are helping to make Warwick a sector-leading centre of excellence for student research. They’re bringing the opportunity to experience the thrill of academic discovery to undergraduates, enhancing transferable and academic skills and helping students build an impressive profile to support their aspirations following graduation.  

Even more excitingly, they delivered the first-ever joint World Congress on Undergraduate Research (WorldCUR) and the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR) in April, bringing around 700 undergraduates from across the world to Warwick to present their research.  

Image of Stuart meeting the whole team
After winning the award, Caroline Gibson said:

"Hosting WorldCUR and BCUR was the culmination of many years of work and preparation. It was amazing to see so many students, from all around the world, visiting Warwick and sharing their research. The buzz at the events was wonderful and we've had such great feedback from attendees. For the team to receive the Warwick Wow award was brilliant, recognising the huge amount of thought, work and passion everyone put into the event."

Emma Barker added:

"Winning the Wonders and Wows award means a lot to the whole team behind WorldCUR-BCUR, who have all worked so hard to make the events such a success. Having this recognition from Warwick has continued this high for the team and spurred us on for evaluation and consolidation work over the coming months."

Jane Bryan said:

"The whole staff/student team worked so hard to ensure the conference delivered a fantastic experience for delegates from across the world and showed off our beautiful campus and amazing community, as well as Warwick's long-standing commitment to promoting student research - it is fantastic to have that recognised by a Wonders and Wows award."

Congratulations to all our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination. We received so many high-quality nominations - so keep an eye out for more Wonders and Wows winners in the coming weeks!

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