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News: Roy­al invite for long-serv­ing Library Manager

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Jane and husband Steve at Buckingham Palace
Jane and husband Steve at Buckingham Palace

Jane Parker, Library Manager at Nottingham College, spent the day at Buckingham Palace earlier this month, after receiving an invite to a Royal Garden Party.

Jane is one of the College’s longest-serv­ing mem­bers of staff, help­ing thou­sands of stu­dents over her 36 years work­ing at the Col­lege, and she was cho­sen from a pool of staff who recent­ly received Long Ser­vice Awards.

Each year, more than 30,000 guests are invit­ed to the gar­den par­ties as a way of recog­nis­ing pub­lic ser­vice. Jane man­ages the Col­lege libraries, mak­ing sure all ser­vices and facil­i­ties are oper­at­ing smooth­ly so that stu­dents receive the sup­port they need. 

Jane took her hus­band Steve along to the palace for the event on 15 May. After trav­el­ling down to Lon­don Jane and Steve walked through the palace gates and across the fore­court to the quad­ran­gle behind. The scene was instant­ly recog­nis­able from see­ing his­toric Roy­al Wed­dings on the television. 

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A right royal afternoon tea!

The cou­ple were then wel­comed into the palace gar­dens and treat­ed to a very spe­cial after­noon tea, while Gen­tle­men at Arms organ­ised the moment when they would see mem­bers of the Roy­al Fam­i­ly, who were host­ing the party.

Her Majesty The Queen was unfor­tu­nate­ly at anoth­er engage­ment, but we were able to see The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Corn­wall and the Princess Roy­al. It was a won­der­ful day and I’m thank­ful to the Col­lege for nom­i­nat­ing me, in recog­ni­tion of my long ser­vice. It’s a day I shall nev­er forget. 

 — Jane Park­er

The Col­lege was giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to rec­om­mend a staff mem­ber for a poten­tial invite, after host­ing a pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment immer­sion vis­it for the Depart­ment for Edu­ca­tion late last year.

Emma Woods, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of Aca­d­e­m­ic, Adult and Qual­i­ty at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, noti­fied Jane that she had been select­ed to attend. Emma said:

The Col­leges’ Long Ser­vice Awards ear­li­er this year recog­nised and reward­ed staff with 25 or more years of ser­vice, and it was won­der­ful to be able to build on that and rec­om­mend Jane for an invi­ta­tion to attend the Roy­al Gar­den Party.”

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Jane thoroughly enjoyed the day.
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  • 24th May 2019 (4:07 PM)
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