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Andy Mulligan

University of Sunderland

Security Manager Andy Mulligan began working at the University 10 years ago, starting out as a security duty manager, before taking on various iterations of the role over the years. He had been interested in a postgraduate learning programme and explored a number of avenues. Following an apprenticeship route, he says, was an ideal opportunity for him, with support from the leadership team within the University's Estates and Facilities.

I've certainly benefited from the apprenticeship, understanding my own leadership styles, which is what the first module on the programme is all about. It involves an insights profile, and I think I probably found that the greatest benefit, understanding myself more."

“It was a great opportunity for me to develop my role. The programme involved a lot of the strategic thinking which I was able to embed into our practice within the wider directory."

As Security Manager, Andy has overall responsible for security at the University, which includes overseeing security policy, providing their strategic direction, overall management of security systems, and personnel. He also works in an advisory capacity for security on new buildings and developments on campus.

Andy’s advice to anyone taking up an apprenticeship is to consider this route as an option and research the benefits and what an apprenticeship involves. He adds: “Broaden your research and develop your knowledge, above all, be proactive!”

Published 12 April 2022

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