Key workers from Edge Hill University’s Facilities Management (FM) team have been shortlisted for three awards for their response to Covid-19 to support isolating students and struggling communities.
Staff in FM, who have worked diligently to keep the campus safe, secure and maintained throughout the pandemic, have been nominated in this year’s Association of University Directors and Estates (AUDE) Awards for devising three initiatives that contributed to tackling challenges faced by the University and local community.
Two nominations are in the Impact Initiatives category for their contribution to making Edge Hill a Covid secure campus, and the third is for the Reaching Higher category for their amazing work assembling and delivering food packages to over 120 families and care leavers during the Christmas holidays.
Director of Facilities Management Adrian McGillion said: “The pandemic has been a tough time for everyone and for FM staff it has meant dealing with new challenges, but the team has risen to the challenges and have lead the way to provide solutions, implement new safety measures and also take care of our Edge Hill students, colleagues and wider community.
“To have our efforts recognised with not one but three nominations in the AUDE awards is incredible and shows how hard all my colleagues have worked.”
The Reaching Higher shortlisting is in responseFM’s work to support Marcus Rashford’s end child food poverty campaign. Over October 2020 half term and the Christmas break Edge Hill supplied food and toiletries to over 120 vulnerable families and young people in care in the North West who were struggling. Almost 100 of these free packages went to care leavers aged between 18 -25 years, a group that falls out of some of the Government’s support, to show them the level of pastoral support available at universities.
Commercial Services Manager Helen Connolly said: “Giving back and being able to support vulnerable people meant so much to my team.” Adrian added. “We all recognised that the pandemic was a difficult time for many people and our support package initiative was one small way we could help. The Reaching Higher nomination shows how impactful and important this initiative was.”
The other two award nominations are in the Impact Initiatives category for the ‘FM Building Buddies’ and ‘Coronavirus Risk Control Checklist’ initiatives, both of which made a huge contribution to making Edge Hill’s campus secure. Both projects were effective in identifying any weaknesses or gaps in the University’s Covid-19 response, allowing them to be easily and quickly addressed.
Head of Operations Sarah Knight said: “When the pandemic hit, the University had to adapt quickly to rule changes and new safety measures. Our two Covid-19 safety initiatives looked very simple on the surface but were essential to allowing staff to carry on working and students to carry on learning.”
The AUDE awards ceremony will take place during their annual conference on Thursday 15th April at 5.15pm. The 2021 AUDE awards ceremony is open for all conference delegates and their families to attend. To book a place or find out more visit their website at www.aude.ac.uk/events/aude-awards/.
The award winning EHU campus is a unique area full of greenspaces containing a variety of plants and wildlife. To experience it for yourself book an open day or tour using this link – https://www.edgehill.ac.uk/study/visit-us/.