Vanessa tells us about her role as Fundraising Research Officer and the most rewarding aspect of her job.

Tell us about your role at the University.

I work in the Alumini Relations and Advancement Services team as a Fundraising Research Officer. My role is researching donors that have a potential affinity to the University which can include due diligence on large donations being offered to the Trust. It is essentially finding donors that can potentially support our students through their higher education journey or it may support medical research and many other areas.

How do you usually start your day?

Most mornings I do a HIIT cardio work out. Once I am dressed and ready for the day, I grab my breakfast in front of the computer, catching up on email correspondence and planning my day. Coffee features in there somewhere, too. 

What brought you to the University of Aberdeen?

I started this job in November last year, so I am a ‘newbie’ to the University but have lived in Aberdeenshire for 21 years now. I moved from London due to my husband’s job. About 7 years ago I did some community fund raising for Gastrocan - this is when I first heard of the Development Trust. I liked the ethos and always wanted to be part of the team. I got my opportunity last year and jumped in with both feet. It has been a huge learning curve, most of it from home which has been challenging. I am now able to say that I have worked longer from home than I have physically in the office! 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

The team that I work with is brilliant and hugely supportive. The job has become what I expected when I first started. Working from home has focused the role and it is exciting to be an essential part of the fundraising team. I love it when my research has found something interesting about a potential donor and the Development Officer is able to use this in the conversation - very rewarding. 

What are your work priorities at the moment?

I am focusing on researching potential donors. Whilst there are no other demands on my time, I build a list that can be tapped into for the future and for any potential campaign. 

How do you like to relax outside work?

I like to read, going for walks and when the opportunity allows, meeting with friends, often for a lovely coffee in one of the many nice cafes Banchory has to offer! I also enjoy trying different gins and tonics!