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Mr Duncan McCallum

Departmental Health and Safety Coordinator / Research Technician in the Department of Physics
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 43585
Room number: 119C
Safety Coordinator in the Centre for Materials Physics

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Responsibilities within department

Health and Safety Co-ordinator

Support the Head of Department in fulfilling their health and safety responsibilities by the provision of advice and guidance to staff and students in health and safety matters; to assist in the local implementation of University health and safety policy and standards, to monitor standards, to promote health and safety throughout the department and liaise with the Director of Health and Safety Services and his staff.

Departmental Incident Reporting Officer

Departmental COSHH Advisor

Departmental Biological Safety Co-ordinator

Deputy Departmental Laser Advisor

Provide internal health and safety training to staff and students

Research Technician

Management of compressed gas and liquid nitrogen supply.

Personal Statement

I was previous employed as a technician at Newcastle University in the Environmental Engineering Department in both teaching and research

I moved to Durham University in 2002 and was initially involved in the production, functionaliation, quality control ,research and development of Biosensor chips for Farfield Sensors ltd within the Photonics, Sensors and Materials Group.

I became a departmental technician in 2006 and assumed the role of Departmental Health and Safety Co-ordinator in 2007

In my career I have worked in a number of areas including both EEC and UK Research projects, and with a number of industrial partners. I have undertaken a number of specialist health and safety courses and am at present completing the NEBOSH diploma.

I am currently temporally covering the role of Deputy Technical Services & Facilities Manager

Technical skills

A range of technical skills covering;

General use of cryostat systems

Repair and Testing of laboratory equipment

Surface coating equipment and technicians

Dual Polarisation Interferometry (DPI) 

Compressed gas system maintenance and installation 

Research Groups

Centre for Materials Physics

  • Photonic Sensors and Materials