LSST celebrates the triumph and will of its staff at annual Christmas Spectacular and Awards Ceremony
By Kunal Chan Mehta | Article Date: 14 December 2021
The London School of Science and Technology (LSST) announced the winners of its Award Ceremony 2021 during a special annual event heralded as the ultimate commemorative experience packed with action and intrigue.
The annual award ceremony, now in its 17th year, recognises and rewards the outstanding commitment and contribution of 400 staff across LSST’s London, Luton and Birmingham campuses. LSST encourages staff recognition at all levels – for big accomplishments or daily contributions – that make a positive difference to others, particularly for successes that go beyond typical roles and duties.
Entertained and entranced with a delectable dinner with live music, fun activities and professional table magic, the winners of this year’s awards are proud to have had their talent, achievement, innovation and hard work during the pandemic acknowledged – especially when work patterns shifted to remote work. The awards were held in person for the first time since 2019 owing to last year’s lockdowns.
Mr Mohammed Zaidi, LSST’s Deputy CEO, said: ‘Our world – now more complex than ever – is still experiencing a period of unprecedented upheaval and uncertainty. In crisis or calm, how we respond to these pandemic challenges speaks to the spirit and essence of what we are and who we are. Hence, I am particularly proud to commend this year’s award winners for their resilience, fortitude, and forbearance. Our staff have shown a united strength of purpose that acts as the heartbeat for our company values.’
Impactful and strategic
Mr Ali Jafar Zaidi, LSST’s Marketing and Admissions Director, commented: ‘The annual awards celebrate excellence and innovation across LSST in an impactful and strategic way – regardless of what the staff member’s role is. To complement our campus awards, individual awards are based purely on merits under the categories of outstanding contributions, service duration and work impact.’
In an uplifting tribute, staff offered a roaring applause for the Zaidi family’s leadership in amplifying underrepresented voices and for helping those who are ‘missing’ from Higher Education.
Winning the Campus of the Year Award 2021 – the major accolade of the evening – Naseer Ahmed, Dean of LSST’s London Elephant and Castle campus, said: ‘Our team is at the very heart of our campus and is both crucial and central to our success. We all work hard to create a culture of happiness and innovation which helps us commit to helping every student to learn and grow.’
Celebrating his 10-year anniversary at LSST, Kunal Chan Mehta, Public Relations Manager, who also hosted the event, said: ‘Back when we began working on LSST’s future direction in 2011, I always felt a deep sense of responsibility to use what we do best — communication — to make a positive contribution to our stakeholders in order to build a stronger company that would be even more relevant to our students, staff and societies. Today, I can proudly say that we have achieved this well beyond what I could have imagined.’
Dr Wendy Wigley, LSST’s Head of Student Life-cycle, speaking about LSST’s Student Support Services winning multiple awards, said: ‘I am immensely proud of how our student support services have embraced raising the awareness of, and responded to, the mental health challenges that our students have faced throughout the pandemic.’
On winning a series of awards, including Campus with the highest student recruitment, Mohsin Riaz, Dean of LSST Birmingham, said: ‘It was wonderful to see our teams celebrating together as one across our campuses. The awards acknowledge the hard work of our colleagues and leaves a lasting impact on their motivation and commitment.’
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