How long have you worked at UOW?
What’s your/your team’s role at the University?
I am the Administration Officer and EA to the Operations Manager in Learning, Teaching & Curriculum (LTC). LTC is a central division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and we support the University’s learning and teaching initiatives. We work in partnership with faculties and units to drive innovation in learning and teaching for the benefit of our students.
What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
The people. I’m lucky to have worked in a number of areas across UOW and have been part of several wonderful teams. I get the most job satisfaction from helping to lift a team up and contributing to their success. It’s very rewarding.
What’s the most challenging?
Right now working from home. I miss the human contact and experiencing the COVID-19 lock down has made me a little agoraphobic! In normal times I would probably say time and resources. There never seems to be enough of either to allow you to accomplish everything you want to.
Proudest work achievement at UOW?
There have been many. I guess receiving a Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Service in 2011 was a highlight. I was part of a small team that did some really good work for the University and it was lovely to receive recognition. At the moment, I’m very proud of our LTC team. We have made a huge contribution to getting the University online by leading and supporting remote delivery initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic and I’m proud of my contribution in this space. I feel I have accomplished my purpose to support my colleagues while they were under extreme pressure to deliver – and the team has achieved some truly great things.
What goals are you/your team working towards in 2020?
Our team has done an enormous amount of work to support the University’s transition to online teaching. LTC has developed key resources and professional development programs to facilitate staff adoption of TEL best practices in the digital learning environment. Our immediate goal is to continue this by delivering even more support initiatives. We are also developing an improvement plan and will continue to work with faculties throughout 2020 to ensure a quality online learning experience for students.
What’s your fondest memory so far of working at UOW?
I can’t pick just one. The friendships I’ve made here will always feature in my happy memories, so I guess that qualifies.
Random fact about you or hidden talent?
I have a flair for all things creative: sketching, painting, design, baking – anything creative really.
What’s your favourite place in the world and why?
It’s a tiny bit cliché but Montmartre in Paris. Love it. The artistic history, the music, the atmosphere (the grime!). It’s magical and très Parisien …beautiful.
Something on your bucket list you’d care to share?
Again – so many things. At the top of the list, make it out of lockdown! …and I’d really like to illustrate a children’s book.