Rose tells us about her passion for energy management at the University, as well as her love of gaming and walks at the beach.
- Tell us about your role at the University.
As a key member of the University’s Energy Management Team, I am responsible for keeping track of the savings made as part of the University’s 5 year Carbon Management Plan. I also research potential energy saving projects that can be added to the plan’s project register. Another key part of my role is the maintenance of our energy performance indicators and our Monitoring & Targeting software, as well as managing the team’s student and staff engagement materials and events.
- How do you usually start your day?
My mornings can be very different; I can be visiting plant rooms to investigate heating pumps, or looking at the PV solar panels on top of the Sir Duncan Rice Library, or validating energy invoices to ensure that the University is not over paying for the energy it uses.
However normally I start with looking over my emails and the previous night’s energy usage and electricity generation to identify any unusual consumption patterns.
- What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?
I studied for my MEng in Mechanical Engineering degree here while also working part time in the Energy Management team within Estates & Facilities, which came about as part of the University’s intern scheme. I graduated in June 2017 and then, rather than have a holiday, I started fulltime the next day as a graduate energy engineer!
- What’s your favourite thing about your job?
I find my job thoroughly rewarding as I am constantly learning how the theories I studied in my mechanical engineering degree apply in real life scenarios. I also really enjoy being able to engage with staff and students from multiple backgrounds about energy efficiency and see the impact of their actions on our carbon footprint.
- What are your work priorities at the moment?
I am currently organising a week’s worth of events for the Scottish Government’s Climate Week. We have two energy workshops, a sustainable laboratories talk, a Heater Amnesty Day, an Upgrade Your Desk Lamp drive and also a Slay Your Standby Vampire Day all in one week!
- How do you like to relax outside work?
I have become quite an avid gamer as I find it a great way to unwind in the evenings. However, if I feel guilty about spending so much time inside I walk along Aberdeen’s beach and look at the wind turbines.