Coreen tells us about her role as Student Support Adviser (Disability).

Tell us about your role at the University.

I am part of the Student Support Team and specialise in working with students with disabilities.  My role is to discuss support with students and advise their academic departments of any adjustments that are required to ensure that access to studies remains equitable.

How do you usually start your day?

Whether it is working in the office or working from home it starts with tea and toast and a bit of breakfast news; when I’m ready to work I sit down with my coffee and fire up the computer.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I moved to Aberdeen at 5 years old and have been in the area ever since.  Prior to this post I was a lone-worker, supporting D/deaf people into work and training but after I had my daughter I was less comfortable working on my own.  The post here offered the chance to broaden my knowledge and experience in a pan-disability area.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Undoubtedly it is meeting with students; there is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone achieve their full potential. 

What are your work priorities at the moment?

New students – ensuring that our new entrants have the right support in place and know to reach out if they feel overwhelmed.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I have two cats and two dogs and, as my daughter’s first love is horses, I can sometimes be found at The Cabin assisting the Dressage judges as a writer.  I’m also not averse to sweeping out the barn and grooming the cuddies.