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.