I am a wife and working mother of two teenage children. I work 0.6fte in my role as a senior lecturer within the School of Health Sciences (HSC), I teach on the BSc and MSc programmes, am module coordinator and Associate Dean for the Faculty of Medicine and Health (FMH).
My passion for employability resulted from attending a seminar as part of my Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education in Practice. This passion has been harnessed by the School and has resulted in me being able to develop both personally and professionally in my previous role as Employability Lead for the School and more recently, as Associate Dean for Employability for the Faculty. I was successful in being awarded funding from a teaching award to develop a tool for students to use throughout their studies to maximise their employability and this work has been presented at local, national and international conferences. I have edited a book on employability which has been fully supported by the school and received positive reviews from key individuals. My work on employability has been recognised within the University as a whole and beyond and has exposed me to a wide range of strategic and organisational forum – developing myself further as an individual.
A few years ago I had a long period of sick leave with cancer and the School and University were very supportive during this time – giving me the necessary time and encouragement to get well before returning to work. That support continued during my return to work and my managers were sensitive to any ongoing needs that I had as a result of the surgical and medical intervention that I received and any effects of my continued treatment to help prevent recurrence my cancer that I continue to experience. The day after I was diagnosed with cancer I was about to undertake a senior role within the faculty as Associate Dean for Employability. This position was held open for me during my period of sick leave with a colleague taking on this role – when I returned to work – we continued to work together until I was settled back into work sufficiently to take this role on alone.
Throughout my time working at the University there has been a flexible approach to my working hours and a real appreciation that although I love my work – I am very keen to maintain a good work life balance.
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