What does a typical day at work look like for you? With a workforce of around 3000 people, the University has expertise in areas you probably don’t even know about. Our “Getting to know…” articles will help you learn more about the work of colleagues across the institution and give you a platform to share more about your role at the University.
I work as a night manager within Student Accommodation. There are three night managers including me working a 12 hour shift pattern. My role is very diverse with no two shifts being the same. I work predominately from the Headspace building on the Hillhead Student Village site. While on shift I’m responsible for all University student accommodation including Hillhead student village, Crombie, Kings and Elphinstone Road totalling at present 1785 residents.
I am the Exhibitions Officer for the Special Collections Centre. This involves programming the displays which go into the Gallery in the Sir Duncan Rice Library as well as the talks and events that run alongside them. You may have seen some of the displays I’ve worked on since I joined the University. “City of Ghosts” in Autumn-Winter of 2015/2016 took a selection of George Washington Wilson’s images of Aberdeen and paired them up with the works of a contemporary photographer.
I’m a Teaching Fellow in Politics in the School of Social Science, which I guess most would see as the lowest rung on the post-doctoral academic ladder, a springboard to a lectureship and a successful academic career. I see the role a little differently (though, obviously, I’d be delighted to end up with the successful academic career!).
I am the Science Engagement Officer for the Rowett Institute where I work as part of the Knowledge Exchange team. Essentially I help share the amazing research from our institute by helping our excellent research staff talk about their work. I really work at the interface between scientist and our three main audiences: the public, our stakeholders and industry.
I am the Development Services Manager within the Development Trust. The Development Trust is a separate charity, which receives donations and legacies in support of the University. We raise funds solely for the University, across all areas. I deal with some of the administration around these activities, and manage a brilliant team who look after the stewardship of our donors, gift processing, disbursement and reporting, marketing and communications and our CRM database, Raiser’s Edge.
I joined the School in 2011 after a period in private practice as a solicitor. Since then I have taught a variety of undergraduate courses on our law degree (such as the Law of Property and Commercial and Consumer Contracts) and have had some involvement with our postgraduate programmes. I sit on the School’s marketing committee and as a result hold the keys for our social media accounts, so I suppose that also makes me the Law School tweeter, and I curate our blog.
As a Chaplain no day is ever the same but there are some main areas that my work life revolves around. I provide pastoral support to the University community. This might mean that I am sitting with a student in crisis one moment or heading off to Hillhead to serve free tea, coffee and doughnuts. Obviously a large part of my role is to oversee the life and outreach of Kings College Chapel such as Wednesday Worship and annual University services.
I’m the Depute Head of Music, which basically means I’m the ‘number two’ in the department behind our Head of Music, Dr Eddie Campbell. Music is a subject that is very much ‘front-facing’, having a broad mixture of concerts, recitals, seminars and music lessons to arrange coordinating with a wide range of external organisations and individuals, as well as curriculum and research. I oversee the undergraduate curriculum which involves having oversight of all courses and student progression.
I am a postdoctoral researcher based in the Epidemiology Group within the Institute of Applied Health Sciences. My core role centres on conducting analysis on a major registry study in musculoskeletal health (the British Society for Rheumatology Biologics Register in Ankylosing Spondylitis, BSRBR-AS) as well as contributing to related systematic review and meta-analysis projects.
I am Lecturer in Geophysics in the Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology, School of Geosciences. My background is in Physics, but I have been working with Italian volcano-monitoring institutions during my PhD, and nowadays I am getting more and more interested in the interdisciplinary aspects of volcano science. My position is research and teaching focused. I teach in the Geology BSc and Geophysics MSc, and in the Sixth Century Course Restless Volcan; my main expertise is in seismic imaging of volcanoes.
There are a number of roles that Communications Officers (or press officers in old money) carry out. One of the main jobs is to create positive stories about the University that are of interest to as many people as possible. We are also responsible for internal communications – keeping staff informed of what is going on across the campuses, and of course managing the endless stream of media enquiries that come in on a daily basis – honestly you have no idea!
I run the International Centre, which is currently located in the Hub/AUSA Building behind Subway. I look after International Orientation during Freshers’ Week, and oversee a variety of events and activities throughout the year in the International Centre, run by students in the Leadership Programme – International Centre Activities (IC-A) Team.
I manage the Microscopy and Histology Core Facility at the Institute of Medical Sciences on the Foresterhill Campus. The facility currently has 18 different microscope systems offering a wide range of techniques for imaging specimens, including light, fluorescence, laser, electrons, and x-ray. We also provide sample preparation facilities for researchers and handle a diverse range of biological and non-biological samples.
I am responsible for recruiting students to all levels of study from Central Asia, Europe (which includes international students already in the UK), the Middle East, and North Africa. This involves planning recruitment trips; travelling to priority countries in each region to attend education fairs and meeting with prospective students and educational agents; dealing with email and phone enquiries; liaising with Embassies and sponsorship bodies; and meeting visitors on campus.
I am an early career researcher working within the Delivery of Care programme at our Health Services Research Unit (HSRU), which is supported by the Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates and an integral part of the University’s Institute of Applied Health Sciences in the College of Life Sciences and Medicine.
I am one of the senior technical staff in the School of Natural and Computing Sciences, based in Chemistry within the Meston Building. My primary role is Thermal Analysis Technician, providing an analysis service to staff and students of the University and also external companies who are looking to observe the thermal behaviour of their compounds which range from liquid crystals and polymers to bones to crude oil.