Alex tells us about his role as Public Affairs Officer and what he likes doing outside work when there's no pandemic going on.

Tell us about your role at the University.

I help the University and its academics develop political relationships, ensuring that the strategic aims of the University are implemented, and research has political impact.

How do you usually start your day?

I read some of The Times and Financial Times while having breakfast, which is good for keeping up with developments. I then listen to Times Radio while checking emails – a great alternative to the Today Programme for current affairs. Although I do prefer Test Match Special when that is on.  

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I had previously worked for two universities while employed at a public affairs agency and found it motivating to work within a sector that provides a significant societal benefit.

Working with talented people who are passionate about their work is a great place to be, which applies to the PASE team (Public Affairs, Stakeholder Engagement & Events), my wider directorate and the academics.

The Aberdeenshire coastline, countryside and golf courses are also appealing.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Meeting and supporting academics who are passionate, intelligent and committed to their work.   

What are your work priorities at the moment?

I have been ensuring that politicians are kept informed about the University’s response to Covid. I am also working on a PASE team plan, which will help to achieve the University’s strategic ambitions.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I’ve been playing a lot of golf through the pandemic, but the way I play is far more stressful than relaxing.

In the absence of pandemics, I like to play squash and most other racquet sports. I love music, reading, being outdoors and seeing new places.