Niamh Barrie tells us about her role as Sports Officer for Aberdeen University Students Association

Tell us about your role at the University.

I am the elected Sports Officer for Aberdeen University Students Association. I represent the students in all things sport. I help run the day to day operations of all 56 of our sports clubs and over 2500 sports union members. as well as organise events and activities such as Superteams, Sports Ball and Granite City Challenge. I work closely with the Sport and Exercise team at the University to try and improve sporting opportunities for students, as well as my AUSA Sabbatical team to make our student life here in Aberdeen the best it can be!

How do you usually start your day?

Coffee from Union Brew! A quick scroll through social media, and check emails and messages! 

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

For the past 4 years I studied at the University, doing my Undergraduate degree in Psychology. I came to the open day back in 2013 and feel in love with the city and more importantly the campus! It has a great community feel to it, stunning buildings and fantastic sporting facilities. 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

No day is ever the same! I always have something new to work on and student queries to solve! Sport made my university career what it was, so it is amazing to give that back to students now! 

What are your work priorities at the moment?

Currently organising the Granite City Challenge Varsity Day against RGU, which is a massive sports day with over 30 teams competing against RGU teams to be crowned the overall Champion! (20th March all over Old Aberdeen) As well as working the University to develop a Sport Strategy, allowing for better direction. 

How do you like to relax outside work?

Love playing Hockey, escaping to somewhere sunnier and warmer and visiting friends and family!