I’m currently a full-time PhD candidate at Queen Mary University of London. Before that, I worked at York St John University as an Academic Quality Support Officer. That meant I supported the processes that ensure a quality higher education experience and guarantee standards – mainly the procedure through which programmes of study are scrutinised and, usually, approved to run. I also supported the university’s Quality and Standards Committee, and contributed to many developmental projects, often involving technological work (querying databases and drawing out data, web development and content management…).

I was the Equality Champion for my department, Registry, meaning I scrutinised equality analyses, advised intra-departmental colleagues on equality matters and regularly met with other Equality Champions across the university to discuss wider matters.

I was also the Secretary and co-founder of the LGBT Staff Network. Following initial research, this was established in late 2012, and since then has had a massive impact on the university, the city of York and beyond. A few highlights include:

For my work on the LGBT Staff Network and equality more widely, I won one of six Celebrating Exceptional People awards (the annual staff awards at the university) in 2014.

Before moving to Registry, I was a Graduate Intern at YSJActive, a department of the university that manages sports facility hire and the fitness suite, and delivers sport- and exercise-related continuing professional development. My role was to redesign various administrative systems, including the fitness suite membership database.

I had a few previous jobs both during and before university, including:

  • Freecycle Coordinator at York St John Students’ Union – coordinating the Freecycle campaign, where students and staff donated their unwanted goods, which were then offered to members of the public for free at a ‘free shop’;
  • Business Support Technician/Administrator at Rural Insurance – two short spells (before university, and between my first and second years), during the first of which I was nominated for employee of the month within my first month at the company.

For a full list of previous professional roles, check out my LinkedIn profile.