Eric’s job title, Senior Tutor in Electronics and Computer Science, doesn’t fully encapsulate his active role at the University. He teaches programming languages to most first-year Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) students, handles admissions and helps students with their problems. In 2008, Eric’s work with students was recognised with a Vice-Chancellor award.
Eric is a Senior Tutor in the School of Electronics and Computer Science
Eric has been working at the University of Southampton since 1986: ‘What is most satisfying is working in a department as good as ECS, where the staff, students and ideas bombing around are as good as you get anywhere. If I can help any of these people it is worth my while. I tell students: if you are good enough to turn up here, I will do my best to help you get through. Students with problems accumulate on my doorstep. I help pick up the pieces when their problems get out of hand,’ he says.
Aside from his teaching duties and lightening the load on the shoulders of his students - everything from health issues to problems with program code - a typical day in Eric's working life might include anything from giving a live interview to a local radio station, to travelling the globe giving presentations at international universities.
‘If you want to get fame and fortune and career progression, you won’t get it doing what I do,’ says Eric. But helping is in his genes as his grandfather, father and mother were known for their capacity to help those around them. He also likes reading theology textbooks. ‘In all religions, a tenet is that it is better to give than receive,’ Eric adds.