Who are you and what is your role in the Coventry University Group?

Management Support for the Office of Teaching and Learning. I support senior management inc AHOS, FRAPs, Aula Coventry Essentials – Coventry Way. I share an office with the wonderful Ali Bushnell and Sam Jacks, next to DMLL. I provide additional support to other teams inc Widening Participation, Academic Development, Student Surveys, Circ2025, Graduate Destinations, Learning Technologists etc. I also support GLaD (Gender Leadership and Diversity), Aurora (Womens only Leadership Programme) and International Womens Day.

Previously worked as Project Officer/Executive PA to Lorraine Gearing and Ian Dunn, setting up Better Futures Multi-Academy Trust, a wholly owned subsidiary which focuses on Sixth Form Education.  I have been with the University for close to 5 years this time around, and previously worked for the University in the Business Development Office in Project Management and Auditing.

Something else about yourself?

I am one of the Stage Managers for Godiva Festival each year, and work closely with Coventry City Council. I have also been working with the City of Culture Coventry on a number of projects as an Events and Stage Manager since 2019, in preparation for the City of Culture 2021… when I am not doing the day job!

I am passionate about inclusion, diversity and empowering people. I want education to be accessible for all e.g. Care Leavers, neurodiversity and those with caring responsibilities etc. As a qualified and experience Foster Carer for both private agencies and Local Authorities, I see the gaps more than others especially with child exclusion and failure to use pupil premium effectively. I mentor other Foster Carers, Kinship Carers, Special Guardians etc. I would like to see us have the same parental rights as parents and adopters. 

Something you learnt during the pandemic or something you started (or stopped) doing that you would like to keep doing (or not doing)

I started the process of educating myself about food because I’ve gained those pesky pandemic pounds. University Dieticians are helping my weight loss journey… without my needing to give up a glass of red wine in the evening… in for the win! 

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