My Melbourne with Andrew Harris

October 12 / 97

What is your unit?

Online Services, Information Technology Services.

What is your job title?

Interface Designer.

How long have you been with the University of Melbourne?
Ten years! I have just had my first delicious taste of Long Service Leave.

How did you come to work at the University?

I ran my own web design business back in the boom days. When the boom fizzled out, I was interested in Accessibility (opening up websites to the widest possible audience) and a position that called for these skills came up in the Library web team.

Describe your typical day.

My work day starts and ends with a delightful bike ride along Royal Parade. Once in the office, I deal with a lot of requests for assistance and I make small fixes and changes via email and Remedy. Once I get through those, I concentrate on the ongoing projects, building and designing websites and meeting with those who need my services.

What is it about your job that holds your interest or is particularly satisfying?

When I was in business, there was no time to do a job properly. Having the time to go that little bit further and do a job 'right' was the biggest cultural shift when I came to the University. The ability to learn and grow and follow a task through to a high standard keeps me interested.

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

"Non Illegitimus Carborundum", which I first became aware of as the school motto of St. Trinian's.

What is something about yourself that most of your colleagues wouldn't know? 

I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine.

Where do you buy your coffee on campus?

With the hipsters at Seven Seeds. It's right near my building.

What do you like most about the University? 

The rhythm of a year. I like seeing a new group of people each year discover the University, join in activities, lounge in the open spaces and talk about the libraries. You get a different perspective when you've spent a few years here.

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