Fraser Lovie tells us about his role as a Policy Adviser and his somewhat unusual method of relaxation!
- Tell us about your role at the University.
As a Policy Adviser my portfolio is eclectic. My roles range from co-ordinating institutional reporting on sustainability, helping draft strategic and policy documents across Estates & Facilities, providing governance oversight of our links with the Rocking Horse Nursery and Aberdeen Sports Village, supporting capital projects, and plenty of committee work. In July last year I took on line-management of the University’s Sport & Exercise Team which has opened up a whole new world of exciting challenges, while this summer I mentored an MSc Environmental Partnership Management student undertaking a thesis on single use plastic. Last week I was the University’s panellist at the Aberdeen Sports Awards and next month it’s the EcoCity (sustainability) awards panel – a unique double!
- How do you usually start your day?
School-run. Coffee. Email.
- What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?
After an Aberdeen MA and MLitt, I had stints working here in Politics & IR and Registry, before moving to London to the Ministry of Defence. But the lure of home, family and tolerable temperatures were too much for me … and I came back to a policy role in the former PPG in 2007.
- What’s your favourite thing about your job?
That every day is different. On any given day I can be: chairing a group overseeing performance swimming; arranging liability insurance for the Rocking Horse Nursery Trustees; representing the University on Aberdeen’s Fairtrade group; or – as this week - working with Communications on a social media campaign around the Sustainable Development Goals. My absolute highlight, however, remains the night in 2016 when the Rocking Horse Nursery won a Green Gown.
- What are your work priorities at the moment?
The immediate priority is co-ordinating our annual return on Climate Change for the Scottish Government. At this point I have to mention our Energy Management Team whose hard work has ensured that this year’s return shows more exceptional progress against our emissions targets – an almost 20% reduction in two years.
- How do you like to relax outside work?
Alpaca wrangling, occasional games of golf, spending time with my partner and daughter, craft beer, and trying to find creative ways to use up this year’s rhubarb. One of these things I’ve only done once.