Tim Simmons, Senior Manager (Academic Administration Support), has been involved in helping to deliver the upcoming academic restructure which will take effect from 1 August. We recently caught up with Tim to discover more about his involvement in this project and what he enjoys about working at Royal Holloway.
1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself and your role in providing Academic Administration support?
I started at Royal Holloway in 2011 as Department Manager in Physics. In 2015 I joined the project team to modernise Academic Timetabling and then managed the new timetabling team for its first year. Since December 2017 I have worked in Student Administration, initially seeking ways for central teams to improve the service we provide to department administration and later working on the consequences of the academic restructure for administration.
2. We understand that you are helping to deliver the upcoming academic restructure that takes effect from 1 August. What has been your role in the restructuring process?
I have been involved at every stage of the restructure exercise, including information gathering, modelling new structures and processes, the formal consultation, allocation of individuals to new roles and most recently, practical aspects of the establishment of the new school offices.
3. How would you describe your experience of helping to implement College-wide change?
I have been impressed by the thorough planning behind this exercise as well as the sheer scale of the undertaking. Personally, I have found the experience to be demanding and sometimes stressful but very rewarding. I have been acutely conscious of the disruption and anxiety felt by many people directly affected by the restructure and hope that we can all now focus on developing our roles and relationships within the new school administration teams.
4. What is your favourite term at Royal Holloway and why?
I like the Autumn term most. There is a real buzz about Welcome Week and it is great to see our new students evolve over the course of the term into confident members of the community.
5. What do you enjoy most about working at Royal Holloway and within Student Administration?
I like the people who work here. There is a fund of goodwill that cuts across professional boundaries and makes it easier to do our jobs. Within Student Administration, I most enjoy the events when we are all working together to deliver the same objective, such as enrolment, exams and graduation.
6. What do you enjoy doing with your time outside of work?
I enjoy dog walking, holidays in Norfolk, eating out and playing with toy soldiers.