Department: Advanced Forming Research Centre
Job title: IT Officer
Jim Adamson joined the University, having previously worked for the University of Aberdeen. He made the decision to move to Glasgow with his family who are now happily settled enjoying the culture of the city. He is currently based in the Advanced Forming Research Centre, a globally-recognised centre of excellence, located near Glasgow Airport.
How would you describe Strathclyde in three words?
Great research university
What attracted you to work at Strathclyde?
I worked in an IT role at Aberdeen University before I was employed at Strathclyde University. I was attracted to my current position because I wanted to work at the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) with cutting edge manufacturing equipment. The role advertised was similar to my last but with added components such as working alongside external partners and academics on their research. It sounded like a hands on kind of role, which I really liked. These extra benefits attracted me to the university.
What has your experience been like working at the University?
I am having a very positive experience working for the university, it’s a great place to work and I love that I am busy, working on exciting projects which make this university an attractive institute to work in partnership with. The University is very focused, they know what they want to do in the future and motivation is wide spread to meet these future expectations. The staff add value to my experience, they are very friendly and helpful, and I like that there is such a variety of different staff here with different expertise such as engineering, science, business, finance, and IT. There is a mutual respect across the workforce regardless of the job role you have which I find very refreshing.
There is a mutual respect across the workforce regardless of the job role you have which I find very refreshing.
Do you like working at the AFRC and what are the highlights of this?
The AFRC is a specialist Research Centre near Glasgow Airport in Renfrew, so it is a very handy location. We are part of the UK wide CATAPULT High Value Manufacturing initiative. I recently moved to Glasgow from Aberdeen. Moving here has worked out very well for my family. My kids are happy at school and we all love the culture and atmosphere of the city. Transport links are good, they make it very easy to get around.
Why do you like working at Strathclyde?
One of the best part about working here is the team working culture, it’s great to be part of such a hard working team. A second thing would be the up to date IT equipment we have access to.
What has been your greatest achievement while working here?
I haven’t worked here for long, I started in January 2017 but I feel like I have already learned new skills in this short period of time. At this point, I am working on several IT related projects including new procurement and asset management procedures for the Centre.
Does anything significant stand out to you about the University?
There are so many good benefits about working for the University. The University is very family friendly, understanding the need for flexibility and when it comes to family life and having two children this is something I really appreciate. Training opportunities are another plus point which is highly encouraged. Finally, the amount of business engagement the university drives forward is great, the commercial side of the University functions fantastically well building successful partnerships with external customers who work on site with us at the AFRC.
The University is very family friendly, understanding the need for flexibility and when it comes to family life and having two children this is something I really appreciate.