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Meet our stars.....

Here are some of the winners from the 2016 Star Awards. Inspired to work for WMG? Take a look at our vacancies.

Gunny Dhadyalla, Principal Engineer
Winner of the 'Contribution to Education Leadership' Award

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Congratulations on winning the 'Contribution to Education Leadership' Award at the 2016 Star Awards, tell us a bit about your day-to-day role at WMG?

My day to day role is hugely varied. From attending meetings to discuss group strategy, to developing research proposals for R&D funding, to working with existing industrial partners on current projects delivering some of the most exciting developments around hydrid vehicles and driverless cars. The other half is very much around supporting our students technically ranging from undergraduates developing the next generation of Formula Student Electric vehicles, to our doctoral intake developing the next generation of technologies for connected and autonomous vehicles, to supporting our teaching staff running our illustrious Master's programmes with industry.

How do you feel winning has impacted your role?

The impact of winning has been quite subtle I would say. You don't think about the contribution that is made when you are just doing your best for the department. It was certainly a recognition of how far our team has come from when I started 12 years ago. Our success is genuinely borne from a team effort and although a couple of us might have started a process of developing new teaching programmes, the delivery and success is due to our excellent teaching fellows and researchers. I would say that it has brought a renewed acknowledgment of their efforts and contributions.

What was the best bit about winning?

Just the fact that our team has been acknowledged by the department for the efforts we put in to establish and grow WMG's national and international reputation. Oh, and the trophy of course!


Rebekah Dudley, Buildings and Facilities Officer
Winner of the 'Commitment to Customer Focus' Award

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Congratulations on winning the 'Commitment to Customer Focus' Award at the 2016 Star Awards, tell us a bit about your day-to-day role at WMG?

I work across the whole of WMG and manage the day to day operational facilities. I act as a liaison between our co-located research partners (JLR, APC and TMETC) and manage things like office refurbishments, identifying facilities that require improvement, arranging desk moves, liaising with Estates regarding proactive and reactive maintenance in our seven buildings, and coordinating support for events. Essentially, I ensure that all WMG staff and students are working in the best facilities possible.

The Star Awards recognise the hard work and talent of individuals within our workforce, how did it feel to be nominated by your colleagues?

It felt really great particularly as I was still relatively new to the department. It was lovely to feel that the work I had carried out was appreciated and made all the stresses of the fast paced nature of my role worthwhile. I have also never worked anywhere that recognises staff contribution through awards, so it was great to receive recognition in this way.

How do you feel winning has impacted you in your role?

It has given me confidence in my work. My job can be difficult at times as it requires a lot of negotiating with staff so it's really reassuring to know that whilst I face a lot of challenges, my commitment to my customers (who can be anyone in the department) is appreciated.


Dhammika Widanalage, Assistant Professor
Winner of the 'Early Careers Research of the Year' Award

star_100_dhammika_002.jpgCongratulations on winning the 'Early Careers Research of the Year' Award at the 2016 Star Awards. The Star Awards recognise the hard work and talent of individuals within our workforce, how did it feel to be nominated by your colleagues?

The nomination was certainly very motivating. Working at WMG is often a collaborative effort as much as it is an individual one. The recognition of your efforts is certainly very uplifting.

Winning this award demonstrates your hard work and commitment to your role and WMG, what is it about working here that motivates you?

The access to both world-class research facilities, excellent academics/researchers and industry partners all in one place is quite remarkable. This helps your motivation with any research career.

How do you feel winning has impacted you in your day-to-day role?

It has helped me with my motivation to working towards more challenging research problems and supporting others in the process.