24 April 2018
1. What does your job involve?
As ICT Coordinator my role is to support teaching and learning within CLIE. I do this via the provision of various ICT and AV services to both staff and students. I most enjoy direct interaction with tutors / learners in training sessions, but increasingly I spend my time managing data and securing our systems.
2. How long have you been at UCL? What did you do before this role?
I've been here for, er, 20 years. In a previous life I projected films for Barry Norman at the BBC. Lovely man, lovely jumpers.
3. What do you most enjoy about your position and why?
I appreciate the variety of people I meet in my job. UCL has changed a great deal in 20 years but (most of) the people you come across are considerate, interesting folk.
4. What are you working on at the moment?
As the GDPR is just around the corner I've been preparing for a data audit and considering how all the CLIE staff will be trained up over the coming months.
More recently you would have found me on the picket line, alongside many CLIE colleagues, in support of our fight against damaging proposals which would have effectively destroyed the USS pension scheme. Even the snow couldn't defeat us!
5. What working achievement or initiative are you most proud of?
I've shared an office with Rob Lawson for 20 years. Need I say more?
6. What's your favourite film and book?
Today there are:
Book: Hangover Square - Patrick Hamilton
Tomorrow would be something different.
7. Who would be your dream dinner guests?
I like taking my children out to dinner as they really love going to restaurants and are great eaters. Otherwise I'd take early Morrissey, before he turned into an idiot.
8. What would it surprise people to know about you?
I considered training for the priesthood.
9. What's your favourite place in the world?
Sitting in the cinema, preferably on a weekday afternoon.
10. David Albery's question for you from the last newsletter: "What's your favourite hour of the day?"
The cocktail hour.
11. What's your question for the next colleague?
Who would play you in a film? (Cary Grant would play me, of course)