Dr Caroline Jarrett, Deputy Technical Manager
As Deputy Technical Manager supporting research groups in the School of Physics, I am always on the go. There is plenty to do: organise the laboratories, maintain Health and Safety standards, train new research staff and students and work with the Technical Manager to ensure that labs are in the best condition possible for the many and diverse research projects happening across the School.
My role at the university has evolved since starting as a Technician in 2006. I used to focus on pure research, supporting one research group. Now I'm involved with all of the research groups in the School and am always delighted when they get good results. It's exciting and inspiring and a positive reflection on all our hard work. It's also a daily reminder of why I became a Technician.
Being able to work flexibly is important to ensuring a healthy balance is maintained. The School provides a brilliant framework for this, with help from an extremely understanding and supportive management.
Based on my own experiences, I was inspired to become a Maternity Mentor as part of the University Maternity Connections Scheme as well as the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Adviser for the School of Physics. I am also passionate about contributing to the career development of technicians and I am a University of Bristol Professional Registration Champion.