I originally joined LJMU in 1993 as PA to the Dean of the Faculty of Education, Community & Leisure. I also line managed the Faculty's secretarial team.
In 1997, I successfully gained the award of NVQ Assessor. In addition, I undertook an extended secondment as HEFCE/Subject Review Support Officer to co-ordinate a HEFCE inspection which achieved 24 out of 24.
In 2002, I graduated from LJMU with a 2.1 Bachelor of Laws with Honours degree (LLB) followed by 2 further years of part-time study to complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) which qualifies me to practice law as a solicitor. In addition, myself and a colleague Karen Davies deliver Consumer Law, Family Law, Child Protection lectures to undergraduate students.
In 2003, I took up the position of OfSTED Liaison Officer and in 2004 I was appointed to the post of Admissions & Information Officer. This role involved working as part of a team responsible for providing a quality service in all aspects of student recruitment and admissions. Particular emphasis was placed on the effective management and processing of applications to specified programmes of study as well as an active involvement in the promotion and marketing of those programmes. Later in the year I joined a team of academic staff to interview Primary applicants in Northern Ireland - breaking new ground in an administrative/academic team approach which proved to be a highly successful initiative.
In 2005, I was appointed to my current role as the Faculty's Student Recruitment & Marketing Manager, responsible for the admissions to and marketing of all Faculty run programmes of study. This role involves managing a team of recruitment staff located in the Faculty Admissions Hub (M001). As a team our remit is to successfully market and recruit to Faculty programmes through UCAS, GTTR and LJMU local admissions systems. Members of the team are:
- Hazel Blundell (Admissions & Information Officer)
- James Coogan (Recruitment Apprentice Trainee)
- Jenny Craddock (Senior Admissions & Information Officer)
- Paul Davies (Admissions & Information Officer)
- Stephen Garner (Faculty Assistant)
- Pam Hughes (Admissions & Information Officer)
- Amina Ismail (BME Advisor)
- Alison Keen (IT & Marketing Officer) seconded to Phil Wilkinson's post
- John Morrison (Admissions & Information Officer)
2005-2006 was our first year's recruitment cycle together as a Team. The recruitment results for this year were exceptional, especially given the fee implications, and it is our goal to provide the same excellent service throughout this year's recruitment cycle.
In 2008, I successfully gained the British Sign Language (BSL) certificate at level 1 and in 2009 I enrolled on a Master of Laws in Legal Practice (LLM) and I expect to submit my research dissertation on the impact of the CRB process in December 2010. Also in 2009, I was appointed as a Graduate Professional Support Consultant to join a team of consultants working to provide direct support and guidance to graduates enrolled on a monthly Graduate Accelerator Programme (GAP). This role involves a range of professional training, support and guidance activities related to the individual needs of recently unemployed graduates undertaking the programme.
In September 2010, I enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE), which is a 2 year part-time course.