Directorate for the Student Experience

Getting to know the SLP Team: Amy Barnett

19 June 2018

What is your role within the SLP and what is a typical day like?

My role as a member of the SLP Delivery Team requires me to support the SLP in various ways, dependent on the Project’s current phase or priorities. I supported during the workshops as a business process designer and I am now looking at the Cubane UniForum as part of ways of working; so at the moment, a typical day is very data heavy! I am responsible for overseeing all work concerned with business process designs including and I am currently leading on a piece of work looking at roles based access in the new systems. My role also involves on-going support with the governance of the Project, servicing both the SLP Executive Group and Project Board.

How long have you been involved in the Project?

I first became involved in the SLP in January 2017 following the initial Scoping Project with KPMG. I am fortunate in that once SLP has been successfully delivered, I will be able to say I have been involved throughout the whole piece, from scoping through to implementation.

What made you want to join the Project?

The SLP works entirely differently, and at a much faster pace to anywhere I have previously worked at the University; this agile and exciting way of working is what first attracted me to the role. The SLP is also working to improve the experiences of all of our students and staff and it is fantastic to be part of the Project’s legacy of this significant change for the better.

What was your role before you joined the SLP?

I have worked at the University for almost 6 years and the majority of my roles have been based within Student Recruitment and Widening Participation, developing and delivering projects which encourage young people from under-represented groups to partake in higher education. Directly before joining the Project, I worked closely with the former Director for the Student Experience Tim Westlake in the DSE Directorate Office to deliver staff engagement initiatives and this is also when I began to start work on the SLP.

What do you enjoy most about working on the SLP?

The overall collaborative nature of the SLP enables me to work with colleagues from not only the different teams based at Bainbridge, but with a variety of stakeholders from across the institution; and I enjoy this aspect greatly. I also have responsibility for line management of two of our SLP graduate interns; Lewis and Jess who joined the Project in December. I really enjoy working with them both to develop their skills and experience and they are both a pleasure to manage.

Out of all the benefits that the SLP will deliver, which one(s) are you most excited about?

Having been heavily involved in the Learning, Researching and Progressing series of workshops, I am slightly biased towards some of the benefits we outlined! The improved user experience for students accessing their timetables, along with them receiving instant notifications will ensure students are informed of any changes to their timetable in a timely and consistent way. I also think the idea of a student’s timetable being almost a “one-stop-shop” for not only their teaching commitments, but all of their other appointments and events will not only benefit the students, but also the staff who are able to view a student’s timetable for a particular area of work or cohort of students.

Which celebrity inspires you and why?

Role models mean different things to different people, but for me, Oprah Winfrey is an inspirational role model. As well as being one of the most successful business women of the times, her philanthropic work is inspiring. Her recent speech at the Golden Globes epitomises for me why she is so inspirational, as she talked of fighting for each and every unnamed woman; “I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon!”

What’s your favourite film?

This is a question I can NEVER answer because I have too many favourite films, and it depends on my mood! If I am wanting action…the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Gladiator, American Gangster; but if I am wanting a giggle…Superbad, The Hangover or Bridesmaids. But you won’t ever see me watching a rom-com!

What is one of the things on your bucket list?

Having being brought up in North Wales, I have always had access to beautiful countryside and the Snowdonia mountain range. Last year, I climbed Snowdon 8 times (once in the dark!) and I conquered Scafell too. Last month I took on Ben Nevis for the first time in preparation for ticking one thing off my bucket list by completing the 3 peaks in 24 hours.

Amy Barnett, Executive Officer (SLP)

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