Kate Smith tells us about her role in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, her love of friends and family and her daily challenge of waking up her teenage son. 

Tell us about your role at the University

I am the School Administrative Coordinator in the School of Divinity, History and Philosophy (DHP). This means I am lucky enough to be based in the heart of Old Aberdeen next to Kings College Quadrangle.  

I work closely with, and deputise for, the School Administrative Officer (SAO) and I am the first point of contact for the support team. My role is extremely diverse and I assist the support team, students and academics with a wide variety of queries on a daily basis. 

A large part of my role involves Teaching & Learning matters, not only ensuring that the processes in place run smoothly and regulations are met but, also developing new procedures so that changes at university level are implemented within the school. 

In addition, I’m also the the Exams Coordinator meaning that I oversee the arrangements for exams and the exam boards. This means I am in regular contact with our External Examiners.

How do you usually start your day?

Before I leave the house: banging on my teenage son’s door to ensure he is up and leaving the house in time for school. Once I arrive at work: Coffee!

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I moved to Aberdeen from Norwich 15 years ago for my husband’s work but after some time at home with my young sons I decided I wanted to re-join civilisation and adult conversation – but I joined the University of Aberdeen! 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The people, I worked in Registry for 10 years and I have been in my current role for 2 years. In both roles I have been lucky to work with lovely, amazing people who make me smile every day. I also enjoy the variety that my role entails, I love problem solving and juggling conflicting deadlines so this is the perfect role for me.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Currently I am reviewing exam boards, and I’m happy that they went so smoothly this year and I’m looking at further improvements for next year. I am also planning ahead for the new Curriculum Management system that will be launched shortly.

How do you like to relax outside work?

I love spending time with family and friends. I enjoy long walks with my dog Ruby. 

I have recently been investigating my family history and I am currently studying with the Open University as I love learning.