Getting to Know...

Getting to Know...

Jo-Anne Murray

Vice-Principal Education

Tell us about your role at the University. 

My role is Vice-Principal Education, and I am accountable for all aspects of the student experience.  I am very passionate about education as for me, education changed my life. I was first in my family to go to University; I left school at 16 to look after my Mum who was very unwell at the time, and I did an HND before I did my degree. I am also passionate about widening access – I believe everyone should have the opportunity to go to university.

How do you usually start your day?

I start my day by walking my dogs and looking after my horses. I am from an animal science background and horses are also my passion. I compete in dressage and recently qualified to compete in the British Dressage National Championships in London. 

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I studied Animal Nutrition at the University in the 1990s and I enjoyed living in Aberdeen. There is a vibrant horse community up here.  Ensuring students have an excellent University experience has been a key focus for me and therefore Aberdeen’s track record on a quality student experience drew me to the role.  My son is studying here as well – we chose Aberdeen as I felt he would get the best support here.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Seeing people succeed, whether that be staff or students.  There is no better feeling than seeing people achieve their goals and dreams!

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Continuing the excellent work that has been done to ensure an excellent student experience, understand what staff and students are saying around what we need to do to improve, get out and about and meet as many staff and students as possible.

How do you like to relax outside work?

Riding my horses, walking my dogs and spending time with my husband and kids.

7 February 2024