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Mr Marcus Jarman

Principal Technician, Fire Safety Manager
Mr Marcus Jarman
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Cambridge
Downing Street

Cambridge CB2 3EA
Office Phone: 01223 333947



  • recruitment and induction of all technical staff, including job specification and interviewing. General induction of all new assistant staff;
  • Authorising leave, overtime, monitoring staff absences and dealing with day to day discipline/welfare. Monitoring and management of overtime budget for department;
  • managing work experience placements;
  • available to advise assistants on problems of any kind, particularly on the development of personal skills;
  • appraiser of assistant staff as required by Departmental Administrator;
  • line manager for Facilities Manager, PGF Manager, Chief Teaching Technician and Department Safety Manger.

Building, Plant and Equipment:

  • maintenance of the building, specialised plant and departmental equipment, including the negotiation and monitoring of service contracts, with some delegation to Facilities Manager;
  • ensuring provision of necessary technical services. Liaison with central authorities to ensure the Department meets building safety requirements and complies with legal obligations;
  • liaison with contractors, water/gas/electricity suppliers as necessary;
  • departmental co-ordinator for major building works and refurbishments: planning new facilities with both EMBS and outside consultants; checking all plans and attending Design and Project Meetings; co-ordinating work on site;
  • monitoring and management of budget for repair and maintenance of departmental equipment;
  • working with others to bring departmental decisions on disposition of space to fruition.


  • first point of contact for building safety issues. Liaison with Administrator, Safety Officer, Safety Manager and others as necessary;
  • first point of contact for out of hours emergencies;
  • responsible to the Administrator for the security of the buildings of the Department.

Departmental services:

  • monitoring performance and warranties of facilities provided by the department;
  • provision of technical advice, usually with the aid of facilities manager and research technicians, to other members of staff;
  • co-ordinating duty assistants at weekends;
  • provision of information to University Offices and Officers as required;
  • arrangements of technical needs of visitors to the department;
  • general problem-solving and facilitation with Head of Department, Administrator, Chief Clerk and Facilities Manager.

 Fire Safety:

  • It is my responsibility as Fire Safety Manager to maintain the safe operation of the Fire Alarm, Emergency Lighting System, and all things related to Fire Safety. To assist me in this task I have a Deputy FSM, Barbara Landamore. Any problems or concerns can be reported to either one of us and we will take the appropriate action. Each floor also has a number of Fire Wardens, their primary duty is to act as Marshall’s (to assist with evacuating the building) in an emergency. Download a list of wardens and the rooms they cover.
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The Department has carried out a comprehensive COVID-19 risk assessment process and has opened to allow research work to take place. To ensure the safety of our staff, a range of measures to reduce building occupancy and allow strict social distancing have been introduced, including increased cleaning and hygiene regimes. We are currently not accepting visitors so please continue to contact us by email until further notice.