Julie Dixon tells us about her role as CPD Business Development Officer within Research & Innovation, her love of running at 5am, and juggling life with 4 children 

Tell us about your role at the University.

I work as a CPD Business Development Officer for CPD Services which sits within Research & Innovation.  As well as CPD returns to the funding council and HESA, I am involved in all aspects of event management to support academics in attracting and bringing events to Aberdeen city and sometimes a wider audience. My role can vary from marketing, budget development, website design, sponsorship, supplier liaison, delegate registrations and on-the-day support.  

How do you usually start your day?

I creep up and out of my house around 5am before going for a morning run.  I usually start work by 7am with a coffee, when it’s nice and quiet in the office to organise my day before the hustle-and-bustle of a busy office. I enjoy making lists, and my day often starts by compiling a list of things I’ve to do that day and ticking them off as I go along!  

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I joined the University as a career enhancement from my previous jobs. I worked mainly around training development, delivery and assessment having spent over 4 years with OPITO (an Oil and Gas training organisation) before moving on to Aberdeen College where I was a lecturer in some marketing, communications, IT, and administration classes.  

I’m keen to promote professional development and my role here at the University allows me to incorporate my love of Aberdeen whilst attracting events to come to the city. I feel proud of the city I live in and enjoy promoting its beauty and history as well as the recent developments and planned investments.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I love the diversity of my job.  Each event is different; the academics like to work differently, the subject areas can range across the University’s breadth of expertise.  And I do love when a successful event has been delivered.  It almost feels a bit sad to be over! 

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Having been off work on maternity leave during 2017/2018, our team focussed on delivering the events we had in the calendar.  On my return, we are now keen to promote our services so staff are aware of the support available to them from our team, the University and the wider city.  

The team also provides Professional Conference Organiser services ( PCO ) to external clients so work with the city to produce bid documents and proposals for commercial events. We are a partner of the Aberdeen Ambassador Network which includes Visit Aberdeenshire, AECC and RGU; all partners work together to bring events to the city.

How do you to relax outside work?

I have 4 children; 2 boys and 2 girls, aging from 1 to 9, so they keep me busy.  I love to run, usually around 5.30am, which gives me time to myself (but sometimes I run with other crazy friends) but also it gives me time to listen to music and podcasts, plan out my day, and run off the crazy!