Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Faculty Placement and Data Manager,Plymouth University Jun15 to date
Responsible for all operational aspects of datacompliance within the Faculty, and for contributing to policy formulation atboth faculty and institutional level. Responsible for managing the delivery and continuous development of a Faculty placements service in line with the needs of this area. External data returns and financial reporting internally and externally. Management and tasking for up to 13 staff.
Key projects to date include researching,consulting and gaining funding to implement an IT system to manage theprofessional placements for ITT and EYITT students. Creating and implementing atravel allowance scheme used by 1,000 students each year and accounting for£275,700 budget per annum.
Key Areas of Expertise
- Undergraduate and graduate employability, recruitment and professional practice placement management
- Data management systems and sophisticated administrative processes
- Recruitment processes and practices
- Project management and support
- Networking and relationship management (internal and external)
- Line management
Placement Manager (Engineering), Queen'sUniversity, Belfast
Apr12 - May 15
Manage, market, coordinate and assess 12 monthindustrial placements for approx. 500 Engineering students, engaging withlocal, national and international companies. Module Leader for careers and employability topics delivering taught sessions to large classes of up to 200 students to motivate and develop their skills forsuccess in gaining employment. This includes informing students of the range ofcurrent recruitment practices; assessment centres, interviews, psychometrictesting and applications. Industry speakers and subject experts are recruitedto contribute to these workshops.
Instigated and coordinated the inception of anIndustrial Advisory Forum whose purpose it is to facilitate an exchange ofideas and discussion between relevant industry, policy makers, students and theSchool.
Published work – within thisworking context I co-authored the paper (nnnn) which was published in National Careers Journal(October 2015)
Additionally I was invited to co-author the chapter ‘workexperience’ in Skills for Engineering and Built Environment Students
In addition but in conjunction with this role I workedat a national level as follows:
Invited by Pearson Education Ltd ( www.pearson ed.co.uk ) to review employability and graduate labour marketteaching resources for the web resource 'MyEmployability Lab'.
ExecutiveCommittee ~ Membership Coordinator for ASETthe national professional body for placement learning ( www.asetonline.org ). Key achievements include increasing the membership by30% in 2013, instigating an employer’s sub group, utilising LinkedIn forums todisseminate good practice, revising the membership policy to meet the needs ofa diverse and growing membership of 1300 individuals across 105 institutions.
Independent Reviewer, HigherEducation Academy ( www.hea.ac.uk )
Nov 10 and on-going
Requested to review nationalproject proposals on an ad hoc basis as an independent topic specialist in thearea of placement learning and employability.
Placement Co-ordinator, Queen'sUniversity Belfast (maternity cover contract)
Sep 10 to Apr 11
Teaching, advising, assessing andvisiting business/finance/actuarial students on work placement providingpastoral care and assignment guidance. Engaging with local, national andinternational graduate recruiters to service their demand for quality staff, providingguidance and expertise in talent pipe-lining.
Employer Liaison Manager,University of Plymouth
Sep07 – Feb 10
The key function of this role wasto act asan interpreter/broker between business and Higher Education (HE) in order to optimise the employment opportunities forstudents and graduates across all degree disciplines.
Electedto co-chair the South West Employer Liaison Group, which involved all 15universities in the region.
Initiatedan Employer Advisory Group enabling the effective dissemination of information,listening and reacting quickly to the needs of our recruiters. Thusestablishing and maintaining purposeful networks with business.
Appreciationof regulations and quality systems both internal and external including therelevant employment laws and recruitment standards. Member of other remoteteams including the university's Business Development Committee oftenshort-listing and recruiting staff for their team.
Sept2009 awarded the Vice Chancellor’s inaugural annual staff award in recognitionof ability to think and perform innovatively in the area of employer engagementand student employability and for championing this cause and managing thechanges throughout the institution.
Placements Development Officer,University of Plymouth
Jun05 – Sep 07
Instigatedand led a working party to design a university-wide IT management system tomonitor and manage student work-based learning records. Used initiative and process-orientatedapproach to find common themes in a mass of superficially conflictinginformation further using my influence and inspiring the community to feel asense of ownership for the system.
Theresulting system specification gained interest on the national scene which ledto the editing of the national publication (Managing Placements with IT andOnline, 2007) on behalf of ASET. Translated highly detailed technical information into lay person’s termsfor a diverse audience.
RecruitmentAdministrator, Brent Primary Care Trust (PCT)
May04 – Jun 05
Managethe administration of a busy small team whose purpose was to advise onrecruitment issues including policy and procedures, media and costs.
University Liaison Officer,Britannia Royal Naval College
Nov01 – May 04
Managethe administration and be the support system for up to 300 Royal NavalSponsored Undergraduates at over 70 different Higher Education Institutions inthe UK. Organise and book travel for all cadets globally.
Personnel Office Supervisor,Britannia Royal Naval College
Jan 00 – Nov 01
Manage5 staff and the administration of pay, leave and travel arrangements for over700 Royal Naval personnel.
Compilemonthly financial reports containing all monetary transactions to internal andexternal users. From 1997 worked as the Personnel Office Administrator untilpromotion to this supervisory role.
Roles on external bodies
2006 - 201 Executive Committee member of the placements professional body ASET.
Managing Placements with IT and Online