1. Can you tell us about yourself and your role within Marketing and Communications as Head of Admissions and Applicant Services?
The Admissions & Applicant Services team is aims to provide the best possible service to every qualified applicant to Royal Holloway: Supporting with questions about the application process, assessing applications accurately (and quickly!) and, ultimately, providing a warm and supportive face to the young people who are interested in furthering their education. As for me, my main job is to ensure that the Admissions Team has all of the tools available to them to do the above!
2. You are also a Mental Health Champion at our University. What does being a Mental Health Champion involve, and what drew you to take on this role?
A Mental Health Champion is someone who takes action to raise awareness of mental health and challenge stigma. I’ve found that this stigma is particularly pronounced amongst men, and so I was drawn to the role to (hopefully) show that men can, and should, look after their mental health in the same way that they look after their physical health.
3. Do you have a career highlight at Royal Holloway to date?
It’s been a busy year full of change, but I think the biggest moment was when we finished Clearing & Confirmation. Months of preparation followed by 14 straight days of work for the whole Admissions Team paid off in style after we worked with colleagues around the institution to deliver the most successful clearing in recent history!
4. What do you enjoy most about working at Royal Holloway?
The people. It’s not hyperbole to say that the warm and support I’ve received since my arrival is over and above anything I’ve experienced in my career.
5. How do you like to spend your time outside of work?
If I’m not losing online video games against teenagers, then I’m trying to channel my inner pizzaolo and making pizza dough whilst singing at the top of my lungs.