Jade tells us about her role as CPD Business Development Officer and what she likes doing outside of work.

Tell us about your role at the University?

I work with University academics and external clients to develop and organise Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses and events aimed at an external audience.

I am involved in all aspects of developing and creating a CPD event, which can range from national and international conferences, short CPD courses, teacher courses and tailored training for external organisations looking to upskill their workforce.

My role involves a wide variety of tasks, from developing bids to secure conferences to the region, creating marketing materials, budgets, websites, securing sponsorship and grant funding for each event, liaising with suppliers and speakers…everything and anything to ensure the event is a success! When I do have an event on, you will find me running around and making sure everything is running to a tee.

How do you usually start your day?

If I don’t have an event on then I am in the office by 9am with a cup of tea in hand, ready to start the day catching up on emails and getting through my list of actions that each event brings. Right now the office is my kitchen!

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

After graduating from Gray’s School of Art with a BA Hons in Fine Art in 2011, I knew I wanted to do something creative so I started my own online jewellery and illustration business from my home makeshift studio which I ran full-time for five years. I was looking for a new challenge and the opportunity to develop my skills and this job ticked all the boxes. I am still able to work on my jewellery in my spare time, so it is a win/win. 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

Developing and planning an event from the very beginning to being there on-the-day to see it through. When the last day of the event comes round you are ready to sleep for a week, but it is the best feeling seeing it run so smoothly. All the planning paid off! 

I also love the opportunity the University allows to develop and learn new skills. Just before lockdown I completed the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 course, which has been a fantastic opportunity to develop my own CPD.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

As we had to postpone all of our physical events, we have spent time getting trained up in using the online platforms, so we are able to offer virtual events now which is fantastic. I’ve been working on two online events, one in the Robotics field and the other in the Wastewater field-the events really do vary! Some of my time has also been redeployed to help other teams, so I am helping the CAD team caption lecture videos for accessibility purposes and I'm also helping the PGR school make a new pre-arrival guide for their research students.

How do you like to relax outside work?

You will usually find me walking and listening to podcasts, catching up with family and friends (I love a games night) or watching Netflix at home and spending time with my fiancé. We are getting married in Summer next year, so soon enough I'll be busy planning that too!