How long have you worked at the Uni? What does your role involve?
I have been here a year and a half. I am a Sports Assistant which is a customer serving role, so I’m around the STV helping out students and visitors, and setting up sporting events. I also lifeguard and make sure the STV is kept in good condition, with a little bit of security and reception work too.
What would you most like to achieve while at the University?
It’s my most favourite job that I’ve ever had, I really love working with young people. I just really want to give back to the community at Bath, as I have found quite a peaceful place here.
What piece of advice would you like to give to a student?
Enjoy it! When I was at university I had a good time, but it wasn’t anywhere as nice as Bath – there was no bunnies running about the place! This is a haven in comparison. I went to Liverpool for uni which is quite a big city.
Who was your most influential teacher, and why?
Probably my parents. I grew up in a split family. One of the reasons I am the Equality and Diversity officer for my department is because I studied Sociology, which my father was very into. He was a bouncer when I was born, but he didn’t want my role model to be a black man using physical violence to earn a living. So he went to uni to be a mature student, to teach me that I could do it, and without that I doubt I would have ever gone to university.
My mother was raising two male children by herself and had a difficult time, but the cream rises to the top and she is amazing too.
As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a firefighter. It was one of the reasons I decided to work here, because there was free access to the gym. It’s still something I might pursue, as I’m still only in my mid-twenties. I like to give back to the community because it has given me a lot.
What was your first job?
I worked in promotions for a nightclub. It was an advert on the internet saying they were looking for young attractive people, and I had just turned 18 and I thought “This will be modelling, I might get a job but at least I’ll meet some beautiful girls!” but it was promotion work for a bar, and I did get the job.
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?
I haven’t been on that many holidays, but I did go to Amsterdam recently and it surprised me how beautiful and how cultured it actually is. I think the reputation it has as a party city is misplaced. It has more canals than Venice, and it’s really beautiful.
What’s your favourite book or album and why?
Darcy Grey’s ‘The Last Shot’ was really good. I’m dyslexic and don’t read a lot of books, but it’s about basketball. A sports writer went to Coney Island which is a really deprived area in America that is famous for producing basketball prodigies. They found a 14 year old future MBA all-star as he was growing up, and they went to his high school to follow his team. It talks about how millionaire businesses and MBA scouts would come and watch them, and how this was influencing the aspirations and personalities of the high school kids who have grown up in poverty. I finished the book really quickly for me, it was great.
If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
Muhammed Ali, Abraham Lincoln or Malcom X – that’s my top three.
Tell us your favourite joke
This is a Sean Lock joke from his stand-up comedy routine, right at the end he says:
“I found out that my wife was having an affair, she said it was because she was bored and knew everything about me. But what she didn’t know was that this whole time I was the Riddler!”
At which point he completely undresses and underneath his suit that he’d been wearing for two hours he has on a bright green jumpsuit with a question mark on the front!