Tony Friend, Campus Patrol Officer recalls his time working for Cardiff University
I first came to work for Cardiff University in 1992 and it has been an experience to say the least. I started work as a porter/ security at the university and then went on to become Campus Patrol Officer. Having this kind of role has meant that every day, whether it has been good or bad, has certainly been interesting!
It is difficult for me to define my role as the jobs I do stretch across various departments and involve all sorts of people ranging from the Vice- Chancellor, to external stakeholders, to the staff and students. Iíve had the privilege of driving three of the Vice Chancellors including Sir Aubrey Trotman-Dickenson, Sir Brian Smith and current Vice-Chancellor Dr David Grant to their events. Other VIPS that I have chauffeured have included Neil and Glenys Kinnock, Lord Jenkins of Hillhead, Sir Keith Peters, Waqar Younis and Lord Crickhowell. When the University has an Open Day, security are also roped in as thousands of students flock to the city centre. Open day is great fun and itís always good to speak to parents of our potential students so that I can boast how wonderful Cardiff is as a city and more importantly as a University.
Cardiff is a small safe city and it has certainly changed over recent years with the new development of St Davidís 2, the Millennium Centre and Millennium Stadium. Students at the University account for 10% of Cardiffís population and so itís not surprising that the University has a tremendous impact on its local economy, not to mention the atmosphere and environment that the students create! When the students head home for the Christmas break and summer, you certainly notice their departure.
As for the University in the future, it can only go upwards and outwards! As an employer, the University is fantastic, and I certainly canít imagine working anywhere else. As part of its 125th anniversary, I would like to say a personal thank you for looking after me since 1992 and may the University get even bigger and better.