Jody tells us about her role as Information Governance Officer, as well as her passion for baking and assisting others.  

Tell us about your role at the University.

My role is to help make sure the University complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  Day-to-day, this means answering requests, dealing with data breaches, making sure privacy notices and data processing/sharing agreements are up-to-date, and keeping our record of processing activities.  I also provide data protection advice and training sessions.

How do you usually start your day?

My day usually starts with a few too many snoozes of the alarm clock!.  Luckily, I live relatively close to the University. When I get to work, the first order of business is to check the inboxes and see what new requests and queries have come in and we normally have a short team catch-up to see what we all have on that day.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I grew up and went to school minutes from the University. I am an Alumni, having studied both my Undergraduate degree and Masters degree here.  I always thought that I would like to work here so when the opportunity came up, I jumped at it and haven’t looked back.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I enjoy the satisfaction of being able to help others and being a source of reliable advice and assistance. Equally the ever-evolving nature of data protection means that I am constantly learning new things.  We are lucky to be able to work with people who are experts in their fields so it’s really rewarding when I get the chance to use our combined knowledge and expertise to provide a good outcome.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

The team’s priorities are rolling out training in Data Protection to all Schools.  There have been a lot of changes in legislation recently so people can expect to see regular communications from us about how it affects you, our students and the University.   We will also be introducing Information Champions in all schools and directorates. They will help to provide advice on data protection and we hope to have these in place by March.  We will also be providing training in Freedom of Information and working on records management solutions across the University.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I am a keen cook and baker and I am always happy to bake for family, friends and work colleagues….(keeps them on side!). It is nice to be able to change gear from work mode and just relax by making a cake or baking a loaf of bread.