Profile: Michael Park
Michael Park is Head Porter at Univ. He oversees the running of the Lodge, the first port of call for all those who enter Univ’s gates.
What did you do before you started working at Univ?
For thirty years I was a police officer, ending my career as an Inspector. I held a multitude of positions including surveillance officer and firearms commander.
How did you come to Univ?
As I had retired from the police I was in a position to pursue another career. I was aware of the role of head porter as many of my colleagues had relatives working within the College environment. It sounded a very interesting and an enjoyable place to work and the position was one in which I could utilise my skill-set.
What does being Head Porter involve?
It is difficult to pigeonhole the role. However, in summary, the Head Porter is responsible for managing security, fire and safety, mail and key management. I am also responsible for managing and training a team of porters.
How do you relax?
I play rugby, however this will be my last season, brew my own beer, play poker and socialise with family and friends.
Do you have any advice for students at Univ?
Enjoy yourselves but remain vigilant.
Describe Univ in three words.
Historic, warm, achieving.