School of Health Sciences and Social Work


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Jack Roster

  • Role Title: Acting Senior Specialist Technician
  • Address: James Watson West, 2 King Richard 1st Road, Portsmouth, PO1 2FR
  • Telephone: 02392 844456
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  • Department: SHSSW
  • Faculty: Faculty of Science


Having left school on completion of my General Certificates in Secondary Education at age 16, I pursued an Apprenticeship in the Hair and Beauty industry although, after just a few months I decided I wanted to do something completely different.  Soon after my 17th birthday I joined the Royal Navy which, throughout the 4 and half years service that followed, taught me a huge breadth of life skills whilst enabling me to travel and experience many sights around the world.  

Having left the military in 2013 I immediately joined the University of Portsmouth as a Telephone Operator. However not one to rest of my laurels, I soon found other more challenging positions to apply for within the University and became a Course Administrator in the School of Education and Continuing Studies.  After 6 months of broadening my skills in Administration, I applied for the role of Faculty Technician in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work, a position and skill set more akin to my previous Service life.  Having had a successful interview I was delighted to be offered the job.  I thoroughly enjoy my role as a Technician, it is extremely varied and continuously challenging whilst benefitting my developing knowledge on health care and clinical practice, an area previously unexplored but one which I am finding extremely interesting.