Chloe tells us about her role as Alumni Engagement Officer, working with colleagues across the institution to build and strengthen our alumni links. 

Tell us about your role at the University.

I am primarily responsible for alumni communications and events, I am also the main contact in the team for the School of Biological Sciences; School of Divinity, History, Philosophy; School of Education; School of Engineering; School of Geosciences, School of Language, Literature, Music & Visual Culture; School of Natural and Computing Science; School of Psychology and School of Social Science. I am also responsible for alumni events and activities that take place in London and Europe.

How do you usually start your day?

I usually start by reading the news on my mobile (cheery start to the day!) and then on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings I aim to go to the gym. This endeavour tends to be successful but some mornings it is significantly harder than others. 

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I had been working in a similar role at another university and decided to apply for this role as it focused on the areas I most enjoy. It was also a chance for me to progress professionally in an area that interests me.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

It is great to meet so many diverse people and learn more about their time in Aberdeen and their lives afterwards. People have such interesting stories to share and it is fascinating to connect with them.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Given that I am still relatively new, I am still trying to meet staff that I am going to be working with closely. My other priorities relate to developing alumni networks in Europe, expanding our programme of events in London and reviewing our communication to alumni.

How do you to relax outside work?

I enjoy exercising, reading and going to the cinema – I am afraid I cannot think of anything less generic. I have also begun to learn Spanish and I (mostly) enjoy trying to improve my French although this is not always the most relaxing things to do. Some gin and prosecco never goes wrong either!