Ref NoRMB/38
TitleOral history interview with Professor Maurice Moss on 14 January 2016
Date14 January 2016
Extent1 wav file and 1 transcript
Name of CreatorUniversity of Surrey, Alumni and Development Department
Monk, Trudy
Moss, Maurice
DescriptionInterview conducted by Trudy Monk.

00:00-00:04: Introduction

00:04-05:51: Employment at Battersea: describes employment Tropical Products Institute; describes move to Battersea; mentions Richard Jackson, John Smith and Olive Murphy; recalls lectures at former furniture warehouse; describes commute; recalls promotion to lecturer and move to Guildford;

05:51-07:51: First Impressions of Battersea: remembers friendly colleagues; mentions Michael Butler; describes photograph of students from 1973; recalls female student becoming Professor of Microbiology in Norway

07:51-10:03: Move to Guildford: describes Block AX was being built, recalls sharing building with biochemistry for first year at Stag Hill; remembers being involved in design of laboratories

10:03-14:23: Teaching: describes careers of student pupils; recalls some remained in department as technicians; describes food microbiology course, three weeks with guest lecturers Professor Ingram, Basil Jarvis, Ella Bonds, Betty Hobs, Sir Graham Wilson

14:23-18:56: Social life: mentions fancy dress; describes mascot, little red fire engine; recalls watching Guildford campus being built; mentions Tim Baker, laboratory technician;

18:56-24:40: Laboratories: recalls using over head projectors; mentions Jill Gibbs with electron microscope; Metropolitan Water Board

24:40-30:47: Food and Sports: Packed lunch, eat in staff lounge with coffee; mentions rugby and football pitches in Guildford; describes increase in role of Students' Union in Guildford

30:47-32:34: Student Industrial Placements: describes links with industry; mentions Leatherhead Food Research Institute; recalls contacts in industry made during three week food microbiology course over summer

32:34-37:32: Lecturing: describes his office and laboratory at Battersea; mentions concerts at Guildford campus; Lewis Elton gallery; mentions West Weald Fungus Recording Group;

37:32-43:38: Music and arts: Concerts, Sibelius; 12 inch records; piano at home; microscopes at home;

43:38-47:54: Memories: recalls students work ethic; remembers staff were very student and teaching orientated; chose Battersea College, because of convenience, close to home in Dorking and knew it would be moving to Guildford;

48:32 - End
Administrative HistoryProfessor Maurice Moss taught at the University of Surrey from 1969. He specialised in mycotoxins (Department of Microbiology)
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