Executive Assistant to the Head of Department
Department of Experimental Psychology
Tell us a bit About your role
Simply put, my job is to try to make Kia’s life as easy as possible! I also sometimes refer to myself as a professional nag, as a big part of my job is to keep an eye on lots of different things that are going on and make sure they all happen. Hopefully I’m a nice cheery nag though…
I started working as a PA for an economic consultancy after graduating from university; it’s not a job I’d ever thought about before, but I love the variety of my role and the fact that I get to work with all sorts of different people, internally and externally.
What is the most meaningful aspect of your work?
My work is incredibly varied; whether I’m helping with recruitment, making sure people have what they need from the Head of Department to submit a grant or fellowship application, supporting the Diversity & Inclusion group or organising events with prestigious speakers, it’s nice to know that in lots of little ways I’m contributing to the EP community.
Can you tell us about something you’ve done, contributed to that you’re most proud of?
I recently helped to produce our latest Athena SWAN application; it was a big undertaking (mostly completed by the excellent Kate Watkins) but it was very satisfying to play a part in something that supports women and contributes to such positive change in the department.
What changes would you most like to see in the Medical Sciences in the next 100 years?
I’d love to see even more collaboration and cross-working – it’s already happening in a lot of areas but there’s still so much more that could be done, and so much more that we could achieve by working together.