How long have you worked at UOW?
This is my 8th year working at UOW.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
My team and I are responsible for the UOW MakerSpace. Located in the UOW Library, it is a space that supports all UOW students in learning new skills outside their areas of study, or providing them with hands on learning opportunities to support them during their degrees.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Being able to work so closely with our students. The MakerSpace is all about creating a space, for students, by students. We have worked hard to build a community where everyone is open to share their knowledge, eager to learn new things, contribute to the growth of the space, and a place where our students feel at home and can make new friends. I am extremely proud of our success in achieving this.
What’s the most challenging?
There have been a few challenges, doing more with less has been a big one. There are always new challenges on the horizon but it keeps us on our toes, and our team will continue to face them head on.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
By far, the implementation of the MakerSpace that we launched 15 May 2017.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
To name a few:
· Our team will continue to plan and deliver a wide range of workshops where students can learn new things
· The development of a student innovation/ideation hub, supporting & encouraging students in their entrepreneurial and business initiatives
· Providing opportunities for students to collaborate on projects to develop real world learning experiences.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
Receiving the Vice Chancellor’s award last year for outstanding service for professional services staff. Being able to share the stage with our esteemed researchers and fellow UOW staff was an extremely humbling moment.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I am a glazier by trade, then completed an IT degree here at UOW.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
It would have to be New Zealand. I was born and raised there and always love going home.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Living and working in Europe, giving me the opportunity to really experience the culture beyond the usual tourist holiday.