International Student Experience Coordinator, Bronwyn Farr, tells us about her work developing a programme of activities in the International Centre, as well as her love of swimming, curling and travelling.  

Tell us about your role at the University

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 work closely with the International Officers as well as Infohub and other Professional Services staff to ensure that the experience students receive is the best that we can give, and look for ways to improve that in all areas.

How do you usually start your day?

Depends on the day, but I will often head to ASV with a couple friends for a morning Spin or Body Pump. On other days I might walk in from town centre and make myself a cup of tea on arrival into the office about 0830.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I moved to Aberdeen in November 2014 from London. After being there for four years, I no longer enjoyed the long commute and hectic pace of the big city. I was looking for a smaller centre that offered me the same standard of living with theatre, sports, shopping, and travel opportunities – and Aberdeen gave me that and an opportunity to advance in my career.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
I love coming up with more efficient processes, and seeing them put into practice. Or coming up with an idea and seeing it come to fruition – such as the leadership programme or the 2 day Orientation event in September.
What are your work priorities at the moment?

At the moment I am exploring offering a ‘practical living skills workshop series’ to incoming students to take throughout the year starting in September 2017, as well as rolling out the programme we used last year at International Orientation for all students in September ‘17. I’m always keen to work with new people and to hear suggestions, so if you are interested in leading a workshop or session at orientation or think there’s a good idea for one, please get in touch!

How do you like to relax outside work?
Working within the International Office, I think it’s no surprise that I love to travel, so I am also always planning my next trip. (This time is it going home to Victoria, BC for Christmas) … But when I am in the city - I am a member of the Silver City Blues Masters Swim Team which takes me to competitions around the UK, I also am a member of the Meldrum & Daviot Curling Club, and of course there’s always the great hiking in the summer around the local area.