Meeting in St Andrews

Photograph of the Butts Wynd street sign in St Andrews.
Photograph of the Butts Wynd street sign in St Andrews. (Photograph by Todd Iceton.)

This morning I drove over to St Andrews for a meeting with my soon-to-be colleague, Dr Stephen Evans, and a meeting of the University Website Steering Group.

The drive over was fine, through typical Scottish driving rain and low mist as I drove over the hill from Upper Largo along the A915 towards St Andrews. I’ve never taken that road before, and my is it winding! (It is.)

I met Steve at the Business Improvements office on Butts Wynd, which runs between St Salvator’s Quad on one side and the Old Union Diner and the main Univeristy Library (which sits behind the BI building). This is where I’ll be based, so it was good to get my bearings and get a bit of a feel for the lie of the land, and meet a few people.

It was a good day. Obviously I can’t divulge anything that went on in the meetings, except to say that I didn’t realise that you could overclock a server CPU’s thermocouple diaphragm anywhere into the region of 2.85 Gigaflops.* But that’s what it’ll be like working at the cutting edge of Web technologies.

What was really helpful, apart from spending time getting to know Steve a little, was starting to get an overview of what is going on Web-wise at the University and where I’ll fit into the picture. It’s exciting; I’m looking forward to it, greatly. I feel that there will be parts of the job that I’ll can immediately offer my experience and knowledge and opinion, and aspects that will push me and challenge me, and areas where I’ll have to develop new skills and build on existing competencies. And that has to be a good thing.

The next time I drive home from St Andrews it will be towards a new home in Cellardyke.

(*By the way, all that stuff about thermocouple diaphragm whatnots: I just made it up. Well, I couldn’t just write nothing there!)

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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