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Wayne Dobby

Technical Services & Facilities Manager

Technical Services & Facilities Manager in the Department of Physics+44 (0) 191 33 43679
Senior Manager (Technical Services & Facilities) in the Department of Physics+44 (0) 191 33 43679


Responsibilities within department

As Technical Services and Facilities Manager, I work in co-operation with the Director of Facilities to deliver the strategic management of a large technical support team and the management and development of all facilities housed within the department.

Member of the Physics Department Board of Studies

Member of the Physics Department Facilities Committee

Member of the Physics Department Health and Safety Committee

Chair of the Departmental Technical Supervisors working group

Personal Statement

I joined Durham University within the Department of Physics in 1984 as a trainee technician

based in the teaching laboratories, on a 1 year government Youth Training Scheme. After completing

three further years training as a university trainee technician I attained technician status in 1988

with City and Guilds qualifications in mechanical engineering and welding.


I served in all areas of the teaching laboratories along with a selection of research groups as a

technician from 1988 to 2014 achieving promotion to Teaching Laboratories Supervisor in 2003. In

2011, complementing the role of Teaching Laboratories Supervisor, I was appointed the additional

role of Deputy Departmental Superintendent to provide cover for the Superintendent during annual

leave and absences etc.


In June 2014, on the retirement of the previous Superintendent, I covered the role of Departmental

Superintendent in an acting capacity until December 2014. Then In January 2015 I was offered and

readily accepted the post of Technical Services and Facilities Manager of the Physics Department.