On Friday 2 March, Principal Paul Layzell and VP Willow Wong announced the name of our new science building.
We caught up Lisa Fell, Technical and Administrative Manager from the Department of Electronic Engineering, to see what she thought when she found out the building was going to be named after Beatrice Shilling, and what she's looking forward to when the Shilling Building opens.
1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself, and your role as Technical and Administrative Manager.
I have worked for the university for just over 17 years in many roles and departments around campus. When Electronic Engineering came into being I joined forces with Professor David Howard to initiate the programmes and start up the department. I look after both the technical set up for the labs and support the Head of Department on the administrative front.
2. How did you feel when you found out the building was going to be named after Beatrice Shilling?
Very pleased - it was a name that we had all nominated and supported in the department.
3. What is it about Beatrice that inspires you the most?
She is an inspirational woman who did not let her gender stand in the way of her love of engineering. Of the four very strong candidates she was the only engineer, which to me was important in-respect of the building being the home to the first engineering department on campus.
4. What are you looking forward to from the new science building opening?
Having some space. We have run our first cohort out of a seminar room in the George Eliot Centre and the John Bowyer porta cabin. We will have the space to grow and develop and see our students benefit from the latest technologies in our wonderful new home.
5. What do you enjoy most about your role and working within the Department of Electronic Engineering?
I love working with a very enthusiastic team of currently four academics, a technician and most recently a new administrator. The team spirit is very strong and no one is above making the tea for everyone else. We work hard and laugh a great deal. I also love the contact with the students in the lab sessions – it is good to get back into lab environment as before coming to Royal Holloway I was a technician and it’s good to get my hands dirty again.
6. What does a typical working day look like for you?
There are very few typical days – they range from validating new courses/programmes to teaching students to solder, to ordering components to doing the department finances. No two days are ever the same. I can be sitting on a project board or checking off registers. I have spent many days looking at drawings of the new building and making decisions about what furniture we want etc. – all very exciting.
7. Outside of work, do you have any hobbies or interests?
I am a bit of a gamer – and tend to play more World of Warcraft than is probably good for me. I have other more conventional hobbies of reading, tapestry, making beer and wine, and listening to music.
8. You may have seen our latest recruitment campaign, ‘Find your why’. We are interested to find out what Royal Holloway has helped you to discover about yourself…
Royal Holloway has helped me discover that it doesn’t matter how old you get you can still learn new things, embracing change is a good thing.