How long have you worked at UOW?
Nearly 8 years… I started in March 2012.
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am the coordinator at EIS Central… I work within a team of 3 and we support students within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences consisting of 6 schools and about 5000 students.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
Meeting nervous students on their first day at Uni and seeing them transition into proud graduates several years later.
What’s the most challenging?
Streamlining processes across all our school… because everyone wants to do it a bit differently and quite often there are reasons for this but sometimes it’s just because it’s been done that way for so long… then comes the challenge of breaking the cycle by providing a case showing what it could be and how much better it could be.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
Being nominated for and awarded the Vice Chancellors Award for Outstanding Service in 2018.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2019?
We’re going paperless! While the university has started its mission on going paperless too – we have decided to review our processes where we use lots of paper to try and look at alternatives; this includes assignment submissions, thesis submissions and our general day-to-day processes.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I have had the opportunity to work with many people in my role at EIS Central and have formed many personal friendships with staff too- while most have moved to different areas across the university, we still keep in close contact. I have travelled with some, been to a few engagements, weddings, christenings and birthdays and then there’s always the dinner, drinks and movies crew… lifelong friends!
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I can’t survive a day without going for a walk around the beach (generally in one of my many pairs of havaianas).
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
Wollongong = Home!
I have travelled to a few countries, I was even born in Europe and came to Australia when I was quite young but nothing beats coming back from a trip and driving down Mt Ousley Road and seeing the great place we live in!
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Do a road trip around Australia…I’ve been to most of our major cities but would love to explore more remote areas.