I’m the SU Advice Manager. My role is to oversee and manage the SU Advice service, to develop the service in line with student feedback and to make sure students at the University are supported during their time with Essex.
I have worked at SU Advice for 12 years. I started as a Senior Caseworker and then progressed to Deputy Manager before becoming SU Advice Manager in 2014, so I have a lot of experience within the student advice sector and supporting students.
I’m a Girl Guide leader in my spare time and if I’m not in the office you’ll find me involved with various arts and crafts projects/on a campsite putting up tents!
I am a Senior Caseworker and offer advice and guidance on all aspects of academia and personal matters.
I can assist students with Academic and Conduct appeals, Student Conduct meetings, Exam Board Appeals, Extenuating Circumstances, Harassment, SU Complaints, Housing Advice, Student Visa Extensions, Welfare Advice and Fitness to Practise Committees.
As a teenager, my most embarrasing moment was having to call the fire service to my house - fine except my Dad was one of the Firefighters!
I am the SU Advice Deputy Manager. I have been part of the SU family for just over five years, mostly as Societies Coordinator before moving to SU Advice in January 2019. Previous to that I was a teacher for 10 years and an insurance claims manager for 13 years, so I’m living proof that it’s never too late to change careers!
I act as a referral point for any of the wide range of cases we deal with in SU Advice – from academic offences to complaints to Tier 4 visa applications. I also oversee the SU Hardship Loans.
I have an African pygmy hedgehog called Hegarty, who is very grumpy but also very cute.