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!