Nicola tells us about her role in the Postgraduate Research School, as well as her love of coffee and musicals. 

Tell us about your role at the University

My current role is as Administrative Co-ordinator in the new Postgraduate Research School (PGRS). I work within the Monitoring and Progression team ensuring that our postgraduate research students are fully supported and remain on track throughout their PGR journey. This means liaising daily with students, supervisors and many other teams throughout the University. 

I am also a volunteer Staff Wellbeing Co-ordinator which currently involves providing support to staff who would like to chat through wellbeing concerns.

How do you usually start your day?

A typical day sees me up at least thirty minutes before my daughter, for a calm cup of tea whilst checking my emails. Once she is up, it’s full steam ahead until we are both ready and out the door to start our respective days.

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

When I made the decision to leave my career in Support Services to spend more time with my daughter, a position became vacant in the Registry Department which was very similar to the post I held during my six years at Fife College of Further and Higher Education.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I love that my post is brand new and I get to contribute to shaping it in to a role that gives me the flexibility to increase my skills and experience in many areas of the PGR journey, I also get the opportunity to use all my current skills and experience in other areas to help shape the direction we provide support to our PGR Students, Supervisors and other Teams within the University.

I am passionate that our PGRs get the best possible experience during their time with us and a big part of my passion for my job is the opportunities I am afforded to meet and work with so many different people across the University and beyond.

My answer wouldn’t be complete of course without a shout out to my favourite coffee place – you get me through many a busy day.

What are your work priorities at the moment?

As well as being in the middle of preparations for our new students induction activities in November, I am currently working on setting up a bespoke MyAberdeen site for our PGR students and supervisors. This is an exciting project to be involved in as it will allow us to provide the wealth of information available to our Students and Supervisors in one centralised area.

I am also in the process of working alongside colleagues from Student Support, Counselling and Human Resources to set up various avenues of support and advice to our PGR students. I have a real passion for this area of work and love that I get the opportunity to support our PGR students in this way.

How do you to relax outside work?

Most of my ‘free’ time is spent ferrying my daughter from one club to another, but when I do have genuinely free time, I like to read, visit the cinema, take a class at the Sports Village or go for a long walk in the country.

Less regularly, but much loved are our musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray and Mamma Mia and of course we try to visit our all our family in Fife as often as we can.