Helen Fellows started her role as Postgraduate Admissions Manager at the start of the pandemic and tells us what she has been doing during lockdown.
- Tell us about your role at the University.
I commenced my role as Postgraduate Admissions Manager at the start of the pandemic which has meant I have been managing my new team of 17 remotely for the last three months without having met them!
- How do you usually start your day?
Cup of coffee, catch up on emails, shower and make up my face so I’m camera ready – it’s tough seeing yourself day in day out on Teams!
- What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?
My partner, who I met on holiday four years ago works for NHS Grampian so I have relocated from Shrewsbury, a lovely little town near the Welsh border, to be with him now both my daughters have graduated.
- What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Being able to focus on one thing. My previous role as Head of HE in a College was very diverse and I was often pulled in many different directions throughout the day. I’m also enjoying getting to know my new team, albeit currently through a screen.
- What are your work priorities at the moment?
We are busy at the moment clearing postgraduate applicants for September, particularly our international applicants who will require a visa to come here and study.
- How do you like to relax outside work?
I’ve recently purchased an electric bicycle and I am really enjoying cycling around Aberdeen and getting to know the city, particularly along the beachfront. Whilst we have been in lockdown, I have been using my green fingers and growing plants in our conservatory and vegetables in the garden, there is something very therapeutic about nurturing plants and watching them grow. I also love going out for cocktails and dinner and have missed this over the last few months, although my partner has learnt to make a great cosmopolitan!