Lockdown Legend #1:

Nigel Bowles – Cardiff Metropolitan University


Awards nomination for ‘Best team member who went above during Covid-19’

‘I don’t know where we’d be without Nigel’

Cardiff Metropolitan University was closed to all but the most essential staff in late March. Shortly after this the university decided to furlough everyone eligible to save money where possible – all staff, including the print manager, were on full time furlough. I’d like to nominate Nigel Bowles for this award. Nigel works part time for the print unit and afternoons within the school of art. Because of these two roles Nigel was ineligible for the furlough scheme.

For the entire month of May Nigel ran the print unit alone. With the rest of us on furlough he couldn’t even reach out for a bit of quick advice, as we’d all been instructed not to use any university systems (email, Teams etc) while on furlough. During this time the Estates team were beginning to prepare the campus for the return of students & staff so demand on the print service was high, with a high volume of print & cut vinyl in particular.

Nigel has continued to be the consistent presence within the print unit through much of the year, as even when other staff returned to work it was on reduced hours.

I think Nigel deserves recognition for putting himself at risk, having a positive attitude throughout and consistently running large jobs alone. Many university staff have commented at the time – ‘I don’t know where we’d be without Nigel’ – and it isn’t an understatement to say his work during this time ensured a safe return for many students and staff. His work has also helped highlight how we, as a print unit, still have a role to play and single-handedly brought in valuable income during a difficult time.


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