Hello and Goodbye
28 May 2012
Blas meets Hugh Jones, the University’s new Chief Operating Officer to find out more about his role.
Where will you be working in the University?
I’m in main building, part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office
What will you be doing in your new role?
As Chief Operating Officer I’m the head of the University’s administration. The University – through Cardiff Futures – has decided that it needs to be more joined up in its support activities, and that’s the role I’ve got – to make things work better; to lead the administration, and to bring about change.
What were you doing before you joined Cardiff?
I was Registrar and Secretary at Goldsmiths, University of London – a very similar role in a smaller research intensive university.
What's the best part of your job?
So far, it’s the warmth and willingness to engage which I’ve encountered from everyone that I’ve met - without exception!
If you weren't in your current role, what would you be doing?
If things had worked out differently I’d have loved to have become an engineer.
Where is your favourite place on campus?
There’s a lot I haven’t discovered yet, but at the moment I like the buzz of the Students’ Union; the welcoming feel of 50 Park Place; and the sense of place and grandeur in the buildings around Cathays Park
What’s your favourite TV show?
Scrum V – Rugby wasn’t a game I grew up with but I’ve learned to love it.
Where are we most likely to find you outside of work?
Walking the Pembrokeshire coast path
What one question would you like Blas readers to help you answer about the University?
I’d like everyone to ask themselves a question: what could they themselves do differently to make the place better? And then to take that first step!