Security officer Fraser Reid tells us about his role keeping our campuses safe, as well as preparations for the start of the new term.  

Tell us about your role at the University.

As part of the small Dayshift Security team, my role involves engaging with staff, students and visitors to the University. Communication is pivotal in my role, as there are many diverse international cultures and languages on campus, and it is important to convey the right message in a pleasant and constructive manner. Mentoring is also part of my role and you have to be a good listener and approachable. It’s important that staff, students and visitors all feel safe on campus, and are able to seek help or advice when required.

How do you usually start your day?

My working day normally starts by receiving an information handover pertaining to incidents / queries from the previous night or weekend. After checking my emails I log all lost property, check that all CCTV is operable, then carry out foot patrols across the University campus.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

Having previously worked as a Prison Officer at Craiginches Prison, I thought it was time to move to another role that would allow me more interaction with the public. I have found my new environment here to be welcoming and outward looking. I’m able to add new skills and continually improve my training via internal and external courses.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I have a bit of a passion for history, and you couldn’t get a better environment than working around campus, with Old Aberdeen in the heart of it.  The history, culture and architecture are a pleasure to be around on a daily basis.  The comradery amongst the Security team is excellent as well, you have to have a thick skin sometimes, but it’s all done in a fun and jovial way.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

We’ll soon be heading towards Fresher’s week and the return of students from their Summer break, so we have to make sure everything is in place for their return. We’ve been updating the SafeZone app promotional materials, and patrolling campus to ensure all relevant Health, Safety and Security procedures are in place. We’ve been very proactive in the run up to the new term and have even made a couple of videos on bike security to show students how to protect their belongings.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I’ve recently purchased an electric bike, so most of my weekends are spent riding around the local area, and with the recent good weather we’ve had I enjoy getting out in the garden.