26 September 2023

UQ’s Phil honoured with top industry award

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Security Officer at the University of Queensland (UQ), Phil Barnett has been named the Association of University Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) Security Officer of the Year.

Mr Barnett (pictured) has worked at UQ since 2018 after entering the industry in a Government security role.

“I found that I kept calm during stressful situations and I was able to help people having a really bad day, and I thought that was not a bad way to spend my career,” Mr Barnett said.

The AUCSO judges said Mr Barnett received the award, which security employees from universities around the world are eligible for, because he “continually shows dedication and passion in (his) role supporting staff, students and the wider community”.

Security Manager at UQ, Andrew Barling, who submitted the nomination, said Mr Barnett regularly received positive feedback from the university community.

“He’s been one of those staff members that shines; he’s excelled in his customer service and providing services to the university,” Mr Barling said.

Mr Barnett said variety was the highlight of his work at UQ.

“This is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the world and each day I get to come here and help it run smoothly,” he said.

He said he also enjoyed walking around campus chatting with students and attending the occasional guest lecture.

“I’ve managed to listen to some of the most respected academics in the world discuss what they’re passionate about,” Mr Barnett said.

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