Stevie Kilgour standing inside Great Hall building

Ten minutes with Stevie Kilgour, Facilities Team Leader

Last updated on 25 May 2023

Meet Stevie Kilgour, Facilities Team Leader at the University of Leeds. He works on maintaining the campus and supporting annual events held at the University.

Describe your job in a couple of sentences

Stevie Kilgour: “I am the Facilities Team Leader so I manage a team of 18 Facilities Assistants. We work across the whole campus, maintaining building access and teaching spaces. We also support events including; graduation ceremonies, open days and the International Medieval Conference.”

Tell us about a current project

“At any one time we have a whole host of events and duties going on. We don’t necessarily work with one project at a time we work from 7am till 10pm on anything and everything across campus.

“One interesting event we are working to support is the Leeds Barn Boot Camp which is part of the Leeds 2023 Year of Culture programme.

“We also recently worked with Times Higher – Digital Universities UK event in the Esther Simpson Building which played host to many keynote speakers from leading higher education, industry leaders.

“In January 2023, we enjoyed hosting Kate Middleton on her recent visit to our University.”

What aspects of your work do you think are the most important to people at the University (staff/students)?

Our work is centred on the people who make this University great – the students and staff. We have their best interests and security at the centre of everything we do. Without them here we would not be needed. To work alongside great staff and see students excel over the time is a great thing to be part of.

Safety, knowledge, trust and passion to maintain the reputation of the University and the service are what drives me.

What do you like most about your job?

The scope of the job. We work across campus and in every building. We meet so many people and no two days are quiet. It can be office-based a lot of the time but ultimately we are an operational service and getting around our beautiful campus (especially in the summer) is essential to the service and a blessing. The Grounds and Gardens team are amazing here.

Tell us about a project you are particularly proud of.

No single project as all, have their own challenges and merits. However, every year we support open days and see new students arrive with their families, and the nervous excitement of the challenge ahead in their faces. Then later on we see them graduate – grown, strong and proud of the journey they have been on and that they are now Leeds Alumni.

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