Campus Stars: James Gardner


June 1st, 2020

The Campus Stars campaign has been launched to showcase the colleagues still working on campus during the lockdown and highlight the crucial work they do.

James is an Assistant Hall Manager for Florence Boot Hall on University Park and has worked at the University for four years.

James usually works 9am-5pm, however during the pandemic has volunteered to work evenings as the Duty Manager at Cripps Hall to support the University’s efforts with accommodation for NHS staff. At Cripps Hall, James carries out maintenance, collects meals and ensures that the environment is secure. He finds this work rewarding.

At Cripps Hall, James has a hands-on role that involves having the responsibility of ensuring guests are supported with an excellent level of customer service. He also oversees building maintenance and security whilst ensuring areas are kept to a high standard.

At Florence Boot Hall, James manages the operations of the hall building and a team of ten staff as part of the management team. The hall usually caters to a large sporting conference so has noticed the drastic change this year!

James keeps in touch with all of this staff on a weekly basis, including those not currently working, to ensure their wellbeing and to keep them updated. James has received excellent support from his line manager and the University with welfare support and is provided with PPE to enable his role to be carried out safely.

James enjoys keeping active and has enjoyed riding his bike during the lockdown. He would like to thank all staff currently working on site as well as key workers and the NHS. He would also like to thank those supporting operations from home, as he recognises that this is not ideal.

James’ favourite things about working for the University of Nottingham are the campus grounds and the green spaces. University Park is his favourite campus and he can usually be seen walking around University Park on his lunch break. During lockdown, University Park has been the quietest he has ever seen it!

James hopes that everyone is staying safe.

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4 Comments

June 4th, 2020 at 8:54 pm

John Gardner

So proud of my son x

June 15th, 2020 at 11:46 am

Linda Molyneux

Well done James, keep up the good work.
Alan & Linda Molyneux

June 16th, 2020 at 4:26 pm

Louise Cooper-King

Well done James

Very proud and happy to have you as my direct manager.
Cant wait to get back in the fold of Florence Boot

Itching to get back to our Flo boot family

June 19th, 2020 at 7:27 am

Julie Cross

Great work James, well done 👏

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