Clare McHattie tells us about her role as PGT Programme Administrator in School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, as well as her love or dancing and food.

Tell us about your role at the University.

Based at Foresterhill (the largest medical campus in Europe!), I am the lead postgraduate administrative assistant within the PGT teaching support team for the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition. 

I work closely with our academic programme and course co-ordinators to assist with the operations of each of the PGT programmes that we have on offer, which includes student registration, timetabling, assessment and examinations, disability arrangements, student monitoring, student and academic enquiries, pastoral care, involvement with teaching and learning procedural matters, the list goes on!

The PGT teaching support team like to be a friendly face that both staff and students alike feel they can approach if they ever need help. If we are unable to assist, we will always point you in the right direction.

How do you usually start your day?

I’d be lying if I said I was a morning person, often make it to work just on time so - COFFEE, without fail!

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I joined the University of Aberdeen in 2013 as part of an apprenticeship which involved working here full-time and studying alongside to attain a qualification in Business Administration. I was then offered a permanent position and have never looked back.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Probably the diversity of my role and that no single day is ever the same. I also love seeing my students graduate at the end of the year, makes it all worth it.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

We are currently bracing ourselves for the current MSc cohort’s research project submissions!

I’m busy preparing for the upcoming vivas and external exam boards which involves liaising with all of our external examiners and programme co-ordinators, making travel and accommodation arrangements, ordering catering, organising vivas, and building schedules for the day.

I’m also in the depths of co-ordinating and finalising all of the teaching timetables for 2017-2018 which always takes priority when the time comes – it’s a big task and I’m very excited for it to be finished.

How do you like to relax outside work?

With a cold beer, or a large glass of wine!

I love spending time with my family and friends, I also love to dance and attend classes twice a week - I just recently performed in a dance show at His Majesty’s Theatre - show week is always fun! I’m a big foodie so I love to eat out at different places and the thought of a Chinese/Dominoes always gets me excited, I like to treat myself to the odd spa treatment now and again, and I welcome long lies at the weekend.